Sometimes I am asked why I write about sex, a question that reflects the prurience with which the subject is generally treated. Sexual intimacy, one of the great common experiences of human life, is still somehow verboten, set apart. It is the parapet from which we can look down and witness the tiny machinations of interaction laid bare, the summit of a volcano, an explosion that offers perspective.
Oh, admit it. And then you get a little hot yourself. The most well-written sex-scenes bring us into the privacy of bedrooms we are at all other times barred from entering.
Before Fifty Shades of Grey hit the shelves, there were plenty of books that featured raw and intense portrayals of sex. I think many people often scoff at the idea that the human experience, intimacy included, can be effectively and beautifully portrayed on paper, but they are certainly missing out. Since sex is so openly portrayed on screen e.
Skip navigation! I reached under her. I brought her up to me. From Richard Yates to Jeffrey Eugenides, here's nine of the raciest scenes in high-brow literature that will blow your mind.
As someone who is in a long-term relationship, I'm always looking for new ways to spice up my sex life with my partner. Over the years, we've tried it all—role playing, dirty talk, new positions, you name it — but my new favorite turn on is reading sex scenes from books. When I was younger, I tried watching erotic movies with a college boyfriend, but the acting was so bad and the quality of the movie was so low, I found myself laughing out loud and critiquing the film instead of being the aroused.
This article appears in the March '17 issue of Esquire. Sex in fiction, like sex on a beach, ought to be a no-brainer. On the one hand, there's, well, sex, a source of mystifying pleasure and profundity that for most people rarely elicits any articulation other than a contented grunt, groan, or gasp.
These steamy literary passages will have you questioning why you ever scroll through Netflix when you can pick up a book instead…. She leaned in and kissed him, and at first he was slow in his response, and then he was pulling up her blouse, pushing down her bra cups to free her breasts. She remembered clearly the firmness of his embrace, and yet there was, also, a newness to their union; their bodies remembered and did not remember.
Literary Review covers the most important and interesting books published each month, from history and biography to fiction and travel. The magazine was founded in and is based in London. The following is merely a brief extract:. Cum inside me.
Erotic literature takes the form of novels, short stories, poetrytrue-life memoirsand sex manuals. A common feature of the genre is sexual fantasies on such themes as prostitutionorgieshomosexualitysadomasochismand many other taboo subjects and fetisheswhich may or may not be expressed in explicit language. Despite cultural taboos on such material, circulation of erotic literature was not seen as a major problem before the invention of printing, as the costs of producing individual manuscripts limited distribution to a very small group of readers.
But often the best writing about sex can be found in books that are not about sex at all. Rather, many great novels portray sexual encounters as an inseparable part of the extraordinary ordinariness of daily life. What follows is a collection of credible, affecting sex scenes by writers who are celebrated not for their illicit content, but for their uncommonly precise prose and insightful observations of human nature. In The Good Mother by Sue Millera recently divorced woman meets a man who awakens her sexual longing for the first time.