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In 1979, after years of drug abuse and homelessness, Marianne Faithful released the comeback album, Broken English. The last track on that new wave punk album—which came to be known as Faithfull’s masterstroke—was the six-and-a-half-minute song, “Why D’Ya Do It?” With lyrics adapted from … Continued

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Subway Love We stand an army of urban soldiers waiting for the train Our feet teeter onto the restricted yellow paint Contorting our bodies into cranes To look past the backs of human beings In search of the speeding metal … Continued

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At the time True Romance was made in 1993, Quentin Tarantino was not yet well known, and Tony Scott, the director (Top Gun, The Hunger), was promoted as the creative force behind it. But once you’ve read any scene in … Continued

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As part of the soundtrack of the 1994 film Academy Award-winning Italian film Il Postino, a group of artists (including Sting, Glenn Close, Samuel L. Jackson and Ethan Hawke) recited poems by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Madonna was also included … Continued

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Considered one of the most controversial works of 20th century literature, Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 novel Lolita was banned in various countries due to its scandalous subject matter. The protagonist is Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged professor who develops an erotic fixation on 12-year-old Dolores … Continued

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The 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct (written by Joe Eszterhas) revolves around the police investigation of the murder—by ice-pick—of retired rock star Johnny Boz. During the course of the investigation, Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) becomes intimately involved with the prime suspect, … Continued

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In the summer of 2013, author Alissa Nutting unveiled her scandalous novel Tampa. Inspired by the real-life saga of Debra Lafave (pictured above), Tampa tells the tale of a 26-year-old school teacher who becomes obsessed with seducing her 14-year-old students. It was a shocking premise … Continued

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City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg Set in the crime-plagued, graffiti-ridden New York City of the late 1970s, City on Fire is a sprawling novel that draws its multitude of characters—ranging from wealthy uptown strivers to a downtown gay … Continued

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Back in 2004, when Kanye West was still trying to make his mark on the world of rap, he appeared at the Def Poetry Jam, a spoken word poetry showcase created by music producer Russell Simmons, hosted by hip hopper Mos Def … Continued

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The multiple-Oscar winning 1999 drama American Beauty is a tale of midlife angst. Written by Alan Ball, the film follows Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey, who nabbed a Best Actor Oscar), a 42-year-old suburban dad who—left unsatisfied by his sexless marriage to his … Continued

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James Franco is back in cultural provocateur mode with a new book of poems that explore sex and gender roles in society. The actor/writer/director—who’s taken the long-running speculation about his sexual orientation and used it for creative inspiration—shares with PROVOKR this poem in which he fantasizes about … Continued

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He was the ultimate provocateur. Walt Whitman lived during the Victorian era, but he refused to abide by the prudish dictates of the time. His first collection of poems, Leaves of Grass (published in 1855 and continuously revised by Whitman … Continued

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Woody Allen’s 1977 film Annie Hall—which, incidentally, beat Star Wars in the Oscar’s Best Picture race—follows the up-and-down relationship between neurotic comic Alvy Singer (Allen) and the title character (played by Diane Keaton, for whom Allen wrote the role.) In the … Continued

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There’s no doubt that Auden was an intellectual force—he wrote esteemed essays on politics, psychology, religion and literature, and his poems drew raves for their stylistic achievements. The gay poet, however, was not afraid to show off his carnal side. … Continued

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  Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in … Continued

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“There is between my legs a crisp city,” wrote ee cummings in his poem “As We Lay Side by Side…” Cummings wrote those words from a woman’s perspective, but given his licentious personal life (he was known to have a … Continued

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My Mouth Hovers Across Your Breasts by Adrienne Rich My mouth hovers across your breasts in the short grey winter afternoon in this bed we are delicate and touch so hot with joy we amaze ourselves tough and delicate we … Continued

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Set in Elizabethan England, the 1998 romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love—written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard—imagines the lusty inspiration behind Romeo and Juliet. The plot revs up when Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) begins auditioning actors to star in his … Continued

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After getting rejection slips from a series of squeamish publishing houses, aspiring actress-turned-writer Jacqueline Susann finally got her risque first novel released in 1966. Written with melodramatic, soap-opera-style flair, Valley of the Dolls became the literary embodiment of the 1960s counterculture. It dealt with … Continued

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Heartburn is Nora Ephron’s autobiographical novel about the breakdown of her second marriage. Thanks to Ephron’s infamous mix of humor and heartache, the book became a bestseller and was adapted into an equally successful movie. Meryl Streep, who starred opposite Jack Nicholson … Continued

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The 1996 neo-noir crime drama, Bound, marked the directorial debut of the transgender Wachowski siblings, formerly Larry and Andy, now Lana and Lilly, respectively. The film revolves around the burgeoning relationship between Violet (Meg Tilly)—the live-in girlfriend of mobster Caesar … Continued

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In 2009, David Tennant—the British actor best known for playing Doctor Who in the UK sci-fi series and as the bad guy in the Netflix superhero series Jessica Jones—tackled the role of Hamlet in a Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of … Continued

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In the fall of 2014, Emma Cline couldn’t quite wrap her head around the fact that— at 25 years old—she had just landed a $2 million book deal (and sold the movie rights) for her debut novel, The Girls, which is loosely based … Continued

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  Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune (2002) This revival of the two-character Terrence McNally play about a date between a down-on-their-romantic-luck waitress (Edie Falco) and short-order cook (Stanley Tucci) drew a lot of press attention for the … Continued

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allen ginsberg kolkata BENARES, INDIA - FEBRUARY 1963: Beat poet Allen Ginsberg points at art poster during February 1963 in his tenement apartment near the banks of the Ganges river in Benaras, India. Ginsberg explored Eastern philosophies with Peter Orlovsky and other founders of the Beat movement during his March '62 - May '63 stay. (Photo by Pete turner/Getty Images)

His most famous poem, “Howl,” has become synonymous with the 1950s Beat Generation, but Allen Ginsberg’s countercultural worldview wasn’t confined to just one decade. In fact, as Bill Morgan, the editor of Wait Till I’m Dead—a new book of Ginsberg’s … Continued

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From Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf to Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote to Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace, this fascinating supercut of some of Hollywood’s best film portrayals of authors reminds you just how many interesting characters emerge … Continued

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Filmmaker Kayhan Lannes Ozmen directed this short film that brings to life the typically-risque Bukowski poem “Girl on the Escalator.” Read the poem in its entirety below. Girl on the escalator —by Charles Bukowski as I go to the escalator a … Continued

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With The Romanovs: 1613-1918 (2016), pop-historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, the award-winning biographer of Joseph Stalin and Grigory Potempkin, delivers his richest and most ambitious tome to date. Spanning three centuries and twenty rulers, Montefiore chronicles the rise and fall of Russia’s greatest—and raunchiest—dynasty … Continued

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In case you haven’t seen the 1967 movie here’s a quick set-up to the scene below: A young college graduate, Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman), is being feted at his parents’ house, where he becomes reacquainted with a friend … Continued

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Quentin Tarantino’s dialogues have no equal. And this scene from his breakthrough hit, Pulp Fiction (1994), is certainly a case in point. In it, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) is taking Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), the wife of Vincent’s boss, drug … Continued

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Nineteen-year-old Savannah Brown has been posting her spoken-word poetry on YouTube for more than five years. In this video, she tackles the double standard women face when it comes to sex. “This poem floored me, and I appreciate it immensely,” wrote one … Continued

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Lawrence’s novel about an aristocratic wife who has an affair with a lowly gamekeeper was so shocking in its detailed depiction of sex that even Lawrence’s contemporary—legendary poet T.S. Eliot—described the book as “sick.” Lawrence died of tuberculosis before the … Continued

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Written by Terry Southern (who wrote the screenplays for Barbarella and Easy Rider), Candy was one of the first “dirty books” to pop up on an American bestseller list, selling millions of copies and causing an uproar among the more … Continued

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The 1997 film Boogie Nights, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, follows high school dropout Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg), who uses his one remarkable characteristic—his ample endowment—to transform into Dirk Diggler, the biggest porn star of the 1970s. In … Continued

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Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a young, beautiful married couple whose world is coming apart despite the intense bond between them, the 2010 film Blue Valentine is as heartbreaking and heated as they come. The script, written by … Continued

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On February 15,1969, Rolling Stone dedicated an issued to “The Groupies,” the vivacious, often outrageously-dressed and seductive women who were always in the vicinity of popular bands. The article was punctuated with amazing portraits by Rolling Stone photographer Baron Wolman. This issue put groupies … Continued

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  INT. LIVING ROOM – DAY DON enters his posh but untidy apartment. He looks around for his wife. DON Megan!? Where are you?! MEGAN walks briskly out of the bedroom in a thin robe. She’s holding a wastebasket. MEGAN … Continued

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Born in Kenya before emigrating to the UK, 27-year-old poet Warsan Shire is becoming one of the leading literary voices of her generation. First she attracted an ardent following by posting poems on Tumblr and Twitter. In 2014, she was … Continued

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Atonement is a 2007 British drama based on Ian McEwan’s novel of the same name. It begins in 1935 on the country estate of the aristocratic Tallis family. Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) is the older daughter of the family and Robbie … Continued

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As soon as you meet Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) in Spike Jonze’s 2013 drama, Her, you can see that he’s a man who’s much more at home cocooning with his technology—playing holographic video games, lurking in internet chat rooms—than he is … Continued

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The New Zealand indie band, the Naked and the Famous, released their newest album, Simple Forms, last October. “There’s pain and passion behind this art,” said singer-keyboardist Alisa Xayalith of their new work. To prove that point, the band recently released … Continued

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Although he’s often referred to as the “Dirty Old Man of American Letters,” Charles Bukowski also had a vulnerable side. In On Love, a new anthology of his work, Bukowski’s typically gritty style is in full view, but given the subjects at hand—lust, sex, neediness, loneliness … Continued

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The word wanton, meaning “sexually immodest or promiscuous” and usually referring to women, is an old-fashioned one. Almost puritanical in nature and origin, it’s rarely seen beyond the vocabulary sections of standardized tests. But once upon a time, in the … Continued

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From a surprisingly erotic Gone With the Wind quote uttered by Clark Gable to a tantalizing come-on from Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid Love, here are PROVOKR’s picks for the hottest lines in film history.   “Women! What can you say? … Continued

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Thomas Pynchon’s postmodern masterpiece, Gravity’s Rainbow, was on track to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1974 when the organization’s board of trustees got squeamish about allowing such a provocative novel—one that features plentiful scenes of explicit sexuality—to earn their stamp … Continued

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Best known as one of the most tart-tongued members of the Algonquin Round Table in the 1920s, Dorothy Parker was a prolific poet who often channeled her wit into verse that oozed with sexuality. This is the woman, after all, … Continued

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In 1973, Erica Jong made her debut on the literary stage with Fear of Flying, a novel about the sexual soul-searching of a young poet named Isadora Wing. Not only was the book a commercial success, it also got rave reviews … Continued

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Mothering Sunday opens with “Once upon a time,” but this luminous novella is less a fairy tale than a vivid recreation of a specific place and time now lost. It’s about an intense sexual relationship, now ended. It recounts a … Continued

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There’s a lot more to Spartacus than men with swords—Stanley Kubrick’s 1961 original is a masterpiece about the meaning of life, the need for freedom, and also an epic love story. In this scene below, Thracian slave Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) … Continued

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In his 2011 novel House of Holes: A Book of Raunch, Nicholson Baker creates a coital wonderland in which a series of unsuspecting characters get sucked into the titular house after experiencing outrageous sexual adventures. In the following erotic and typically … Continued

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In his new novel, Christodora, Tim Murphy puts his 20 years of experience with HIV/AIDS reporting to good use. Using the titular East Village building for his central location, Murphy recounts the effect of HIV/AIDS and drug addiction on NYC’s past, present … Continued

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For all you romantics out there longing for the days of chivalry, dancing and a beauty standard that didn’t hinge on starvation: forget about it! In Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners, a hilarious new tour through … Continued

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In 1992, Eileen Myles ran for President of the United States as a write-in candidate. The openly gay poet threw her hat in the ring solely as a protest against a speech President George H.W. Bush gave, in which he disparaged … Continued

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Cat Marnell is clean now…except for the Adderall, sedatives as needed, the occasional upper, maybe a drink now and then and the sleeping pills at night. She looks gorgeous considering her wild past. There is the issue of her hair—the … Continued

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In 1957, an American publishing house called Midwood Books launched with a specific goal in mind: to produce cheap, erotic paperback romances that would appeal to a male audience. Although the publisher of Midwood, Harry Shorten, wasn’t a literary expert, he … Continued

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One of the best books of this year is actually a graphic novel. Enter the intriguing world of Monstress and you will be immediately enchanted by its heroine, Maika, a young woman warrior struggling with a hungry monster living inside her. … Continued

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If Raymond Chandler, H.P. Lovecraft and Margaret Atwood ever collaborated, it would probably be a lot like Fatale. The series, created by award-winning author Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips, is completely unique, a supernatural noir epic with a fascinating … Continued

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In honor of the recent passing of the great American playwright Edward Albee, PROVOKR presents a snippet from one of his greatest works, 1963’s Tony award-winning Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The play centers on the volatile marriage of a … Continued

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EXT. ROAD – NIGHT. Noah and Alison walk down a little paved road that runs parallel to the beach. They are both smoking. ALISON Wow. You are a writer? You must be so smart. NOAH (pleased) Not really. ALISON I … Continued

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Just published in paperback, General Idea: A Retrospective (1969–1994) presents an overview of the legendary Canadian collective. Founded in Toronto in 1969 by Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson, the trio adopted a generic identity that “freed it from the tyranny … Continued

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With Future Sex, seasoned reporter Emily Witt melds her abilities as both a journalist and memoirist to produce a work about being a young, single and sexually adventurous woman in the age of the internet that is both outwardly perceptive … Continued

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The image above is a famous one, an icon of art history and also of a certain place and time in ‘60s American culture. The girl in the photo is Eve Babitz. She’s probably the wildest—and wittiest—child of the ‘60s … Continued

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The 1986 film noir, Blue Velvet, is director David Lynch’s most notorious work. In classic Lynch style, it takes a piercing look at the dark underbelly of small town life. The plot involves a slowly unraveling mystery that’s filled with … Continued

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This certainly a change from Sex in the City…in A Quiet Passion, Cynthia Nixon channels the transcendent wit of Emily Dickinson. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) evokes Dickinson’s pathos, intellectual independence and deep attachment … Continued

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A unique and compelling history of the Beats, in the words of the movement’s center, Allen Ginsberg. In 1977, twenty years after the publication of “Howl” and Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”, Allen Ginsberg began teaching a course on the history of … Continued

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What Sappho was to poetry, Ann Bannon was to pulp fiction. Dubbed the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction,” she changed the landscape of how fiction depicted gay relationships with her Beebo Brinker chronicles, six books penned from 1957–62 that employed … Continued

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This beautiful publishing celebration covers the the most memorable editorials, the top fashion models and is filled with dazzling photography. In 1867, Fletcher Harper had an idea for a fashion magazine that catered to the new rich women of the … Continued

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Whether he’s rocking or writing, punk icon Richard Hell has always pushed the envelope. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Hell’s listless spirit first led him to the hallowed ground of CBGB, where he originated the punk trend of ripping his clothes and … Continued

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INT. CAVE – DAY  JON descends into a cave behind YGRITTE. She gives him a seductive look and begins disrobing in front of a waterfall. YGRITTE Is Orelle right? Are you still a crow? Time you proved yourself. JON Ygritte… … Continued

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June 2 will see the release of Wonder Woman, which retells the origin story of Diana Prince, the nigh-immortal warrior princess of Themyscira. Israeli actress Gal Gadot is playing the character, reprising her role from 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn … Continued

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Amma Asante’s impressive latest effort, A United Kingdom (starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike), is unquestionably the best film of 2017. The true story of a bi-racial love affair that faced fierce opposition and an international diplomatic crisis in the … Continued

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Sylvia Plath’s haunting coming-of-age story in The Bell Jar is a stand-alone American classic. Most famous as a portrait of a fragile psyche slowly unraveling, it’s maybe more importantly a portrayal of a young woman coming to terms with a world … Continued

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Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in spoken word poetry.  He was born, raised and still resides in San Diego, California. As an artist, Rudy Francisco is an amalgamation of social critique, introspection, honesty and humor—he uses … Continued

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Always looking for a fresh face or a new voice, PROVOKR has found both with the poet Segovia Amil, whose macabre words and dark Victorian portraits are pleasing to both the eyes and the mind. Her poetry has been featured … Continued

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Written and performed by visual artist Phoebe Boswell, “Dear Mister Shakespeare” is a mesmerizing short film that breaks down Othello and its cultural implications to ask some hard questions about otherness, blackness, and immigration. Shot over two and a half days as part … Continued

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Set out candles and dim the lights—after reading these steamy odes to sex, your heart will be pounding. From Lord Byron to Adrienne Rich, these wordsmiths all have one thing on their mind and they know how to set the … Continued

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For her sophomore effort, Eimear McBride (A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing) brings her singular voice to an unlikely love story between a naive young acting student and an older thespian in 1990s London. Shortlisted for the Goldsmith prize, The Lesser … Continued

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Slow Hands by Niall Horan; Alexander Izquierdo; John Ryan; Julian Bunetta; Ruth Anne Cunningham; Tobias Jesso Jr. With a line like, “I just wanna take my time, we could do this all night,” this song seduces us hands down.

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INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT Christine is on her side in a queen-sized bed attempting to sleep when she hears a voice. VOICE (O.S) Christine. Christine turns over to see Avery standing in her doorway in a tank-top and underwear. CHRISTINE … Continued

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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larson Even for the uninitiated, one look at this salacious cover and all the hype starts to make sense. The Mercy Room, Gilles Rozier This one manages to be sexy and classy in its use of a leather-bound … Continued

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Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale explores the intersection of gender and religious politics through the eyes of Offred, a sex object used purely for her ability to bare children in the largely sterile society of Gilead. As … Continued

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Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet and illustrator has two books on the New York Times Bestseller list. Not bad for a 25-year-old feminist writing about love, loss, violence, and abuse.

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The cover perfectly illustrated the daring new novel about money, sex, and power.

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Emil’s debut graphic novel, the diary a 10-year-old trying to solve a murder, is visually stunning and emotionally mining, and ultimately a tour de force.

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Vladimir Nabakov’s Lolita started its life simply in 1955 with a plain, green cover—no doubt the subject matter was controversial enough without adding fuel to the fire. Nabokov himself had something to say at the time about Lolita’s original look: “I want … Continued

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Claire Danes was originally released in 2012, but Audible put out a special edition of the recording in 2017 to coincide with the Hulu series, and her reading is just as fascinating. Perhaps even more so.

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Call Me By Your Name, the audio version narrated by Armie Hammer. Who else can capture the sexiness of this romantic tale of first love, than the star of the sensuous film it’s based on? Pure delight.

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Imagine our delight when the third episode into the fifth season of House of Cards features an Act Out between the deliciously immoral First Couple, Frank and Claire Underwood (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright). As they calmly wait out the … Continued

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Pasolini’s The Street Kids was heavily censored, criticized by professional critics, and lambasted by much of the general public upon its publication. But like many innovative works of art its undeniable force eventually led to it being universally acknowledged as … Continued

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This is a collection of spectacular photographs, selected interviews and letters including new material from the Avedon Foundation. “Avedon’s France: Old Work, New Look “ is a full telling of Avedon’s restless pursuit of new ways of looking at the … Continued

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the girl and I get into her car and drive off into the hills and we go to her room and I take off my clothes and lie on her bed and she goes into the bathroom and I wait … Continued

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Letters Live is dedicated to the art of correspondence via the written word. Back in the old days, before Facebook Messenger and cell phone text messages, people communicated with handwritten letters, placing thought and consideration into every word they sent. … Continued

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In the early 90s there was a sweet little coffee shop in the East Village called Sin-é where local musicians would stop by and play a song or two in exchange for a cappuccino or Rolling Rock. One of those … Continued

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Please, Master by Allen Ginsberg Please master can I touch your cheek please master can I kneel at your feet please master can I loosen your blue pants please master can I gaze at your golden haired belly please master … Continued

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Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music By Ann Powers (Dey St. Books) The old joke goes: Why don’t Methodists have sex standing up? Because it might lead to dancing. Think about the … Continued

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Every American kid who’s ever jumped rope knows this rhyme: “Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother 40 whacks. And when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” Lizzie was acquitted of the 1892 … Continued

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A new generation of thinkers and activists were exposed to the work of James Baldwin through Raoul Peck‘s stunning documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, which showed that, as far as America believes it has come in the realm of … Continued

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Words and music by Adrianne Lenker on the album, Capacity, out now. She was a shark smile in a yellow van She came around and I stole a glance In my youth, a vampire Evelyn shown quiet as roses sting It … Continued

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Steven Soderbergh‘s Out of Sight just might be the sexiest movie of the 1990s. Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney are perfectly cast as star-crossed cops and robbers, as exemplified in this sensuously intimate sequence from late in the film. INT. … Continued

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Vulgar Favors is not a new book, but it certainly has a new relevance. Maureen Orth’s investigative tome from 1999 explores the dark and twisted world of Andrew Cunanan, and his killing spree which ended with the murder of fashion … Continued

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Sam Shepard

A collective sigh was heard around the world when the news of Sam Shepard’s death was announced last week. Admired by everyone—writers, actors, composers, musicians, poets, artists, and cowboys—the Pulitzer-Winning playwright’s untimely exit has left a huge void in our … Continued

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Canadian poet, Rupi Kaur, is used to controversy. The instagram-star/poet/artist/performer—with over 1.5 million followers—was already well-regarded and adored for her feminist poetry, but she got seriously famous (or infamous) when she posted photos of herself (taken by her sister) with … Continued

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Gabriel Tallent has come out of nowhere to deliver his debut novel, My Absolute Darling (Random House). This grueling gauntlet through the dark and twisted mind of a downright evil human being and his tragic victim is already an instant New … Continued

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This scene from the first episode of HBO‘s dynamic new series, The Deuce, is a hard-as-nails, yet bittersweet lesson in hooker etiquette. The young man, Stuart (Russell Posner) has his first experience with a prostitute named Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal). INT. … Continued

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e e cummings has been a favorite American poet for almost a century. Born in 1894 in Cambridge, Mass, he was raised in a liberal Unitarian family that encouraged the artistic expression of the bright, creative boy. Between the ages of 8 … Continued

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Thirty years after its Broadway premiere starring BD Wong and John Lithgow, the spectacular Tony-winning play, M. Butterfly returns to the Great White Way with an update by its playwright David Henry Hwang. Based on the unbelievably strange but true … Continued

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David Lynch’s film noir, Mulholland Drive (2001) is often thought of as his best—he won Best Director at Cannes and the film was nominated for an Oscar. That’s saying a lot considering the director helmed such greats as Elephant Man and Blue … Continued

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Venus in Furs, the erotic 1870 novella by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, changed everything when it turned the world on to deviant sexual themes like bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism. It tells the story of Severin, a young, sensitive artist … Continued

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Netflix‘s new documentary on author Joan Didion is a lovely window into the life of one of America’s most celebrated and beloved thinkers and observers of human behavior. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold is directed by her nephew, … Continued

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Rose McGowan is through being quiet. It’s been 20 years since her alleged rape by film producer Harvey Weinstein in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival. And today, along with over 50 other survivors of his sexual abuse, she … Continued

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What can one say about Joni Mitchell that hasn’t already been said? The beautiful singer/songwriter basically wrote a two-decade long soundtrack to the lives of most women (and many men) in the late 60s and 70s, during a time when … Continued

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They say there are two stories to every marriage, which is probably why it took two talented writers—Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen—to come up with the concept for the delicious page-turner, The Wife Between Us. As binge-worthy as The Girl of the … Continued

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Fifty years ago, something very important happened in theater. The curtain went up on the off-Broadway production of the queer drama, The Boys in the Band, and things were never the same. It’s hard to imagine it now, but Mart Crowley‘s play came … Continued

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The cherubs are back and it’s time for a Fiorucci relaunch. To celebrate the return of the iconic 70s and 80s disco dreamy company, a new book that celebrates Elio Fiorucci, the sexy, dynamic Italian designer, has been released by … Continued

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On the heels of HBO’s 1970’s Times Square saga, The Deuce, comes the story of a young prostitute during those crazy, dirty, sleazy, pre-AIDs days in New York City. Writer Janet Capron’s mostly true memoir, Blue Money, exposes “the life” … Continued

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In Fool For Love, playwright Sam Shepard tells the story of on-again, off-again lovers, Eddie and May, reunited after years of being apart. Robert Altman directed the 1985 film starring Shepard and Kim Basinger as the quarreling couple. They are in a dumpy hotel … Continued

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Singer/songwriter Halsey (aka Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) spoke at the 2018 Women’s March in New York City on January 20th. Rather than give a speech about her #metoo moments—and there have been many—the British performer wrote a heart wrenching poem clearly … Continued

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Set during the mid-1800s, the true story behind the Netflix series, Alias Grace, is easily as compelling as the novel by Margaret Atwood and the TV series currently available, starring Sarah Gadon as the unfortunate Grace. In 1843 in northern … Continued

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While the best fashion models become fixtures as timeless as the brands shining the spotlight on them, it is that spotlight that makes us all wonder what’s underneath. Angle is everything. Successful fashion celebrates the mystery beneath the fabric with … Continued

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Tennessee Williams, who was actually born in Mississippi, was one of the most celebrated and beloved playwrights of the 20th Century. The many inspirations of his theater work is the focus of a superb exhibit at the Morgan Library and … Continued

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One of the most thrilling documentaries for fashionable New Yorkers—among many others—was the 2010 feature, Bill Cunningham: New York. The ubiquitous, not to mention quite delightful, New York Times street photographer and journalist was always seen riding around the city … Continued

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The final gift Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard gives to his mourning fans, of which there are many, is a slim, 82 page novel about the end days of an enigmatic old man. Written during the waning of his life—Shepard passed away … Continued

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Photographer Richard Avedon was used to breaking ground. A child of Russian immigrants, he first picked up a camera when he was 12, and while attending high school in the Bronx, worked on the school newspaper with classmate and future civil … Continued

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At the end of 2016, a book of unpublished poetry by the late, great country-rock singer Johnny Cash hit the shelves. The poems, dating back to the 1940s, including one he wrote when he was just 12, reveal an even … Continued

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Arthur Miller: Writer, a new documentary about the award-winning playwright will be released in theaters by HBO this month. The Harlem-born writer was famous for many of the theater world’s most beloved plays, including Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. This portrait of … Continued

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Sometimes a song hits your erogenous zones via the stimulating music or the thumping beat, leading to close bodily contact on a sweaty dance floor. Other times, it’s the words—sexy, erotic, and romantic—that turn you on. Like a dirty poem or … Continued

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If Beale Street Could Talk was the prolific writer James Baldwin‘s fifth novel and 13th book. A love story set in Harlem in the early 70s, it was once described by author Joyce Carol Oates as a “moving, painful but ultimately optimistic story.” It … Continued

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Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater is garnering the kind of reviews usually reserved for long-established writers. This extraordinary, semi-autobiographical novel is the Nigerian writer’s stunning inauguration into the literary world. Emezi tells the story of Ada, a troubled child born in southern … Continued

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Inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s work, poet and rapper Jack Miguel performs his piece ‘Casino.‘ The poem was filmed in the ‘Self-Portrait’ room of the ‘Basquiat: Boom for Real‘ exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London. Jack, who is also an arts … Continued

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Jean-Michel Basquiat may have died at age 27 in 1988, but the prolific American artist is still making giant waves in the art world. On May 18, 2017, at a Sotheby‘s auction, his 1982 painting, Untitled, set a record high … Continued

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Our favorite couple of the mo’ is the dynamic duo, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. The first time we saw these beauties work together was in 2015, when Lupita starred in Danai’s spectacular Broadway play, Eclipsed. Set during the Liberian … Continued

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Fans of the glamorous Golden Age of Hollywood are in for a delicious treat with the release of the new book/memoir Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends. Featuring up-close-and-personal conversations with iconic movie stars from the pre-talkies … Continued

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The first of the four beloved Neapolitan Novels by Italian writer Elena Ferrante is being made into an HBO series set to air this year. My Brilliant Friend begins with Elena Greco, an older woman who learns that her best … Continued

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Canadian rapper, model, and visual artist, Tommy Genesis is the talk of the music world. Stunningly beautiful, the half Swedish, half-Tamil poet has been the face of Calvin Klein and Mui Mui for the last couple of years. In 2017, … Continued

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Every few years, it seems, we get a fresh perspective on the instantly recognizable Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Not just an insightful painter specializing in fantastical self-portraits, Kahlo was herself a piece of art. Rarely, if ever, seen without an … Continued

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The life and work of 20th Century photographer Berenice Abbott is the subject of a new biography by Julia Van Haaften. A Life in Photography follows the rise and fall—and rise again—of the prolific and iconic shooter. Born in Ohio, the … Continued

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Painter, diarist, and dandy-about-town Duncan Hannah has released Twentieth Century Boy, a memoir of his days—or more importantly, his nights—gliding through the 70s punk-rock scene in downtown Manhattan. Based on journals he kept between 1970 and 1981, Hannah’s book takes … Continued

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Novelist Edmund White described The Sexual Life of Catherine M. as “the most explicit book about sex ever written by a woman.” The 2001 memoir—written by French art critic Catherine Millet—details the wealth of exotic sexual experiences she’s had throughout her … Continued

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Anyone with an eye for book covers knows how sexy the pulp fiction paperbacks from the 50s were. With risqué titles like Virgin’s Summer and The Little Black Book, these soft-core books with provocative pin-up girls on the cover were … Continued

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Born Usher (Arthur) Fellig at the turn of the 20th Century, Weegee was, and still is, famous for his graphic crime scene photos taken during the 1930s and 40s on New York City’s Lower East Side. The startling black & … Continued

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Los Angeles native Amanda Gorman is barely out of her teens, and yet, the Harvard sophomore has recently been named our first National Youth Poet Laureate of the US. The author and activist first became inspired in 2013 by activist Malala … Continued

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For fifty years, Rolling Stone magazine has exhibited some of the most beautiful and iconic pop culture covers in the history of print media. Under the watchful and often brilliant eye of the editor-in-chief, Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone became the … Continued

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Halloween Night, 2014, comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, then strangers, were hanging out with friends at a party when Hardstark overheard Kilgariff describing a particularly gruesome accident she had witnessed at SXSW. (A drunk driver crashed his truck into … Continued

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Daniel Petrie Jr‘s screenplay for 1986’s The Big Easy is often referred to as a perfect script. Set in the traditional—and cagey—cajun community of New Orleans, the story follows Remy, a corrupt cop under extremely “close” investigation by Anne, an attorney … Continued

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Looking for the perfect beach read? Look no further than the thrilling suspense drama, Something in the Water. From the very first page, you will be caught in the web of mystery surrounding Erin, a documentary filmmaker, and Mark, a … Continued

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The poetry of Mexican-American feminist writer Analicia Sotelo has been selected as winner of the inaugural Jake Adam York Prize. The collection, in her book, Virgin, is a vivid portrait of Latina writer as a young woman. Published by Milkweed Editions in … Continued

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The Day of the Dead holiday is not exclusive to Mexico. During the month of August, Japan observes Obon, when families give homage and thanks to their ancestors’ spirits returning to the world of the living for a short visit. … Continued

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In today’s society, mental illness is treated differently than physical illness. It’s no secret that there’s a stigma behind it and the individuals who are consumed with this internal challenge. If we don’t recognize mental illness as a health issue, … Continued

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Charles Manson is certainly a hot topic these days. Perhaps everyone was waiting for the infamous cult leader to finally die, which he did in 2017, before delving into his insanely fascinating story. The most recent place we’ve explored the … Continued

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It wasn’t the first book ever banned in France and England but the controversial 1958 best-seller, Candy, certainly tested the taste and morals of readers abroad with it’s overtly sexualized story. Based on Volaire‘s bawdy, picaresque novel, Candide, which coincidentally … Continued

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American writer and artist, Edward Gorey was genuinely one of a kind when it came to putting pen to paper. The Chicago native was known for his wordless books that contained unique narratives taking place in the Victorian and Edwardian era. … Continued

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True crime aficionado Michelle McNamara was born with a nose for murders most foul. Raised in Oak Park, Illinois, she first became obsessed with homicides as a teenager, when a neighbor, Kathy Lombardo, was violently raped and murdered. 14-year-old Michelle … Continued

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The sensational novel “Open Me” By Lisa Locascio is a coming-of-age novel about a young woman having an erotic awakening in Copenhagen between two men. The fresh fiction voice, will grab your attention and leave you wanting the desire that … Continued

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“Wade In The Water” by Tracy K Smith, will give you a taste of old-world America by using multiple voices and perspectives. From heavy topics to heartfelt storylines, Smith will make you see our society through a different eye.

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The true murder mystery novel “I’ll be Gone in the Dark,” by author and journalist Michelle McNamara is about the Golden State Killer who turned California upside down, committing fifty sexual assaults and ten sadistic murders, while leaving police forces … Continued

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Novelist Madeline Miller was the creative mind behind the suspenseful accent tale of “Circe.” The title represents a unique offspring that possessed the power of witchcraft, that soon leads to a family rivalry, love and loss, and a grand celebration … Continued

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Probably the most popular podcasts out there today are in the true crime category. What’s better than hearing authentic, well-researched tales of bad behavior and murder? In our opinion, nothing! This year has seen a plethora of entries into the … Continued

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Scotty Bowers‘s 2012 memoir, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars is a scandal-packed book with enough juicy gossip to make a hell of a lot of lemonade. Bowers, also known as Mr … Continued

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Canadian writer, editor, and art critic, Sarah Nicole Prickett (above) is the founder of the briefly published but well-received erotic magazine, Adult. Two issues were produced In 2013 and 2014, shaking and stirring up the indie publishing world with its stimulating … Continued

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As we can imagine, life as a spy can’t be easy, but it sure can be juicy. Popular drama series “Killing Eve,” gives us a behind-the-scenes look on how a dangerous mission can simply turn into an erotic love story … Continued

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Call John Waters the Bad (Taste) Boy of Cinema. Ever since this Baltimore native started making films—he received his first 8mm camera when he was 16—he’s been straddling the not-so-great divide between art and trash. As a child, he was … Continued

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Is there anything hotter than a beautifully written sex scene, one that propels your imagination to erotic landscapes with numerous—and sometimes—fictional partners? The same could be said of a seductive scene in a movie, one that takes you out of … Continued

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There are many ways to get turned on. The first four senses come to mind: sight, taste, touch, and smell. But let’s not forget our fifth, and in our opinion, most erotic: sound. Is there anything sexier than a lover … Continued

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Based on the hugely popular podcast by Los Angeles Times reporter Chris Goffard, Dirty John is a cautionary tale of finding love online with a complete—and dangerous—stranger. In 2014, Debra Newell was a beautiful and successful interior designer looking for … Continued

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If you are looking for a sizzling read to spice up 2019, well we got you covered with latest and sexiest novels of the year. Whether it is the unique love story that provokes you to keep reading or the … Continued

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With the huge increase in popularity of podcasts, it’s only natural that Audible.com, the easy listening station on Amazon, would jump into the fray with their own “audio theater, the next stage of storytelling.” Audible is currently recording live performances … Continued

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The state of our country has inspired several poets to write about problematic issues that spark conversation. An influential poet has the power to generate pieces that highlight sensitive topics, showcasing beauty and social impact. In 2018, we have seen … Continued

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Garrard Conley is the brave voice behind the memoir Boy Erased. The novel is the painful reflection on Conley’s struggle between his sexual orientation and living in a conservative Christian household. Conley was born in Memphis and raised in northern … Continued

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Think it’s easy picking the best writing on television? Think again, thanks to the huge increase of content via the current streaming services. In fact, in our picks for 2018’s top tv scripts, not one appeared on network television. All … Continued

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Trophy Boy, a new film directed by and starring Emrhys Cooper, follows James Heathcote (Cooper), a handsome young Instagram celebrity whose world is turned upside down when his sugar daddy cuts him off and kicks him out. James is forced … Continued

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Every year at the award shows, as the actors pick up their shining gold statues, they thank a long list of folks they feel are responsible for why they’re basking in all that adoration. Once they get past the Lord, … Continued

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The Flame, the final work by the deeply profound poet, novelist, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, landed on the New York Times Bestseller List within minutes of being of released earlier this month. Although Cohen’s health was failing in the last year … Continued

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What was once a relatively vacant platform on the internet, podcasts have surpassed all expectations, with over 50 million Americans tuning in to their favorite series every week. There are so many to choose from—more than half a million shows are … Continued

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Ever since the invention of the printing press—five hundred years ago—erotic literature has been written, published, distributed, denounced, and then banned for its stimulating content. These “illegal” novels were also thoroughly enjoyed by those who could get their sweaty hands … Continued

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Winter is officially upon us, and if you are looking for a juicy read to cuddle up to this holiday season, we got you covered! We gathered unique award-winning novels that incorporate never before seen photographs, heartfelt storylines, and compelling … Continued

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Courtney Barnett, the Australian singer-songwriter-poet, has risen to be one of the most respected artists in music today. Her latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, is sharp, empathetic, and full of penetrating observations. The song “Charity” is the … Continued

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The dark audio read “Pet Seminary” by Stephen King, and Michael C. Hall will leave you will goosebumps, while Dr. Louis Creed and his wife find their beloved cat dead after discovering a hidden Indian burial ground near their newly … Continued

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Winter is officially upon us, and while we spend quality time indoors reflecting and embracing the gloomy, sunless days, you might have the urge to kick back and relax with a cup of hot chocolate and a worthy read. So, … Continued

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Forget “Who are you wearing?” this year the most asked question on the red carpet just may be, “What are you reading?” Like a vintage Dior or a timeless Yves Saint Laurent, simple classics endure. While the New York Times bestseller list … Continued

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When Napoleon’s soldiers unearthed The Rosetta Stone in Egypt in 1799 it was considered the most valuable piece of ancient literature ever uncovered. With its discovery scholars were finally able to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics. While its importance can’t be discounted, … Continued

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When we think about people’s dying words, we typically imagine heroic exclamations that sum up a life or a life’s work. Something along the lines of Patrick Henry’s infamous, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Personally, I have given … Continued

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