A few years ago it might have been difficult to imagine a sex and relationships writer whose appeal covered both the NSFW film and textual worlds of Vice, Richardson Mag and Purple, as well as a much more conservative audience. But the concept is made easier to swallow thanks to sex-positive Karley Sciortino, the 30-year-old who pens her own blog Slutever, and the more delicately-put Breathless column for . vogue.com
Below are Karley Sciortino’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.
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Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Camille Paglia is one of the most controversial feminists of all time, and also one of the most compelling. This mammoth book, put very shortly, examines the representation of sexuality in Western art. But it also goes into fierce discussion about religion, literature, art history, psychology, the brutal forces of sex and nature, and the amorality and pornography present in great art. As someone who personally writes a lot about sex work, one of my favorite lines in the book is, “The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men, but rather their conqueror, an outlaw, who controls the sexual channels between nature and culture.”
The Year of Magical Thinking
I guess it’s a bit obvious to have a Joan Didion book on my list, but she is my most loved writer of all time. This book is a memoir about the year the followed her husband’s sudden death, and is one of the greatest books about grief and loss ever written. I re-read it last year, after going through a breakup, and it really helped me. I recommend it to anyone who's dealing with the loss of someone or something.
How to Sell
This is my favorite novel of the past decade. It’s so sexy, scandalous and hysterically depressing. It follows two conniving brothers as they pull of jewelry scams, take a ton of cocaine, sleep with hookers, and generally make questionable life decisions. It’s largely based on the writer’s own experiences, and after I read it I became sort of sexually obsessed with him, and would fantasize about him constantly. I eventually started sending him erotic messages on Facebook, but he never replied.
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