Love To Love You Baby: Sewing Threads of Desire in Sophia Narrett’s “Certain Magic”
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Love To Love You Baby: Sewing Threads of Desire in Sophia Narrett’s “Certain Magic”

“Isn’t sex more erotic when spiced with a sense of danger? But how much danger?” asked music critic Stephen Holden in a review of a Donna Summer album. Those really are the questions, aren’t they? What is the line between eroticism and violence–or at least, threat–and how does one know if they’ve crossed it? Disco … Continue reading

Do You Love Me: Sleaze as Redemption in Tennessee Williams’s Joy Rio
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Do You Love Me: Sleaze as Redemption in Tennessee Williams’s Joy Rio

In his collection of sleazy and very very queer short stories Tales of Desire, which features stories ranging from the shockingly early Dennis Cooper-esque “Desire and the Black Masseur” and the sublimely titled “The Killer Chicken and the Closet Queen,” Tennessee Williams bravely dives into the power of sleaze as redemption and transcendence in his stories “The Mysteries of the Joy Rio” and my personal favorite “Hard Candy.” Continue reading