Flesh and the Word 3: An Anthology of Erotic Writing

Various, Author, John Preston, Editor, Michael Lowenthal, Editor Plume Books $14.95 (416p) ISBN 978-0-452-27252-1
Until recently erotica came discreetly wrapped in brown paper. Preston, the late editor of this series, had always championed the interchangibility of pornography and erotica, and held that packaging was the only difference between the two. In this third collection, every aspect of gay male sexuality, is imagined, exercised and realized. The selections include pieces that subvert formulaic writing of the genre to more traditional erotica with sections titled ``Initiation'', ``Catholic Lust'', and ``Post-AIDS''. On the whole the caliber of the writing is high and the anthology, well-structured. There is an adroit reworking of Shelley's Frankenstein (``Monster Cock'') by Ron Oliver and Michael Rowe; and the haunting ``Revelation'' by Tom Caffrey. Martin Palmer's ``Love Pitched His Mansion'' and Patrick Carr's ``Gerion'' bookend a strong obsession section, while Andrew Holleran's ``Sex Vacation'' is resonant and stark. The post-AIDS section is the most ground-breaking, acknowledging, even incorporating sexuality with the nexus of illness. The imagery here is often visceral, the language sophisticated and the humor on an even keel with eros. The collection successfully includes varieties of class and sexuality, but it would be more excitting if it were as culturally diverse. Still, as a series it continues to provide a forum for writers of erotica, giving them the wider audience many deserve. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/29/1995
Release date: 06/01/1995
Show other formats
FORMATS
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.