Category: On Fruit and Sex

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Unearthing Erotic Genius: On Rut Hillarp and Swedish Modernism

“Rut Hillarp was born 100 years ago this past Friday. She is one of the most unfairly marginalized authors in Swedish literary history. It’s as if we refuse to allow ourselves to discover just how damned excellent a poet she is.” — Bernur, February 23, 2014. “Her lyrical prose is fantastic: so beautiful, erotic, dark, perceptive and intense.” — Swedish novelist Therese Bohman… Read more →

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Erika Lust’s XConfessions at Babylon Kino Berlin

On 10 February, feminist pornographer Erika Lust is coming to the Babylon Kino in Berlin to screen XConfessions, films she made based on your sexual fantasies. (Details here.) We chatted about sex-positivity, Girls and what you can learn from other people’s X-rated confessions… We’re excited to have you in Berlin, Erika! Have you screened your films here before? Indeed I have! Back in June 2012… Read more →

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On falling into ice lakes in Lapland: Be Particular Out There Podcast

Dustin M. Thomas asked me if I had a story for his new podcast Be Particular Out There (@Be_Particular), something his grandad used to say in parting…usually after telling him a story he’d never forget. This essay about hiking the King’s Trail was written for the forthcoming issue of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place, a new Berlin-based magazine that you definitely… Read more →

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Interview with Rosegarden!

Berlin-based culture and lifestyle mag Rosegarden (@rosegardenmag) liked the sound of “Data and Desire” and had a few questions about love in a digital age. Thanks for the interview, Mario! Los Angeles- and Berlin- based writer Saskia Vogel is not only one of our contributors – but together with the artist and author Michael Salu, she hosts and curates the event series „Local Transport“ in London.… Read more →

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Weird Sex with Readux (You’re invited. 21 October.)

When Readux Books publisher Amanda DeMarco told me about their upcoming onex series, I had to submit something. Ideally a forgotten or little known Swedish eroticist or a writer deeply engaging with sex and power. Someone like Else Jersualem, whose 1908 novel The Red House examines prostitution and moral hypocrisy in Vienna through the eyes of a woman who grew up in brothels. It was a… Read more →

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The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick.

Dear Sugar is back! Dear readers, all your problems are solved. The original Sugar advice columnist Steve Almond, who passed the torch to Wild author Cheryl Strayed have come together for a weekly podcast that will soothe troubled hearts and worried minds. In short, the story goes like this: Steve Almond was looking for someone to take over his advice column at TheRumpus.net. Strayed… Read more →

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Gazing at Women

Recently a friend told me that she had decided not to go see Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice because of the poster, which features the sunset pink landscape of a bikini babe. She was tired of this. Tired of marketers luring her in with sexy female bodies. And she was taking a stand with this film. But, but, I said, it references… Read more →

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Mermaid Round-up

Mermaid ephemera that you sent me and that I’ve stumbled across lately: a Japanese horror film, Paper Darts magazine, what can only be a sexual fetish, an Adult Mag Bedtime Story, hipster Ariel and more. The Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan. One of the lesser-known but fascinating parts of Japanese culture is that of the Ama pearl divers. Ama (?? in… Read more →