Here at Diversions we take “text” to mean anything literary worth studying: novels, film, graphic narrative, and more. Yes, texts come in a variety of forms. So here are our top five favorite works that just exude sexuality.
1. The Bio-Graphic Novel Freud For Beginners by Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate. A summary of Freud’s life and works, in Graphic Novel format. Be ready, if you read this in public and people can see the illustration- you’ll be stared at. Incredibly wonderful, but graphic, drawings surround his theories, which are broken down quite nicely so that anyone can understand them. A favorite among all types of students. Check out the other “For Beginners” series.
2. The Novel(s): The Diary of a Mad Old Man and The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki. A double feature of two shorter novels which can be found together in one orgasm inducing edition. The Key is about a husband, a wife, and their dueling diaries. Each are pretending that they do not read one another’s. The wife pretends many things, in fact, and the husband pretends that he does not know that she is pretending…. and that whole cycle leads to incredible, life-altering sex. The Diary of a Mad Old Man explores how two members of the same household toe the line as to what is acceptable and what isn’t as far as daughter-in-law and father relationships are concerned.
3. The Essay: Watching Critics, Watching Journalists, Watching Sheriffs, Watching Pee-wee Herman Watch: The Extraordinary Case of the Saturday Morning Children’s Show Celebrity Who Masturbated by William A. Nericcio. Yes, an academic essay that sheds light on the nature and definition of what we know as transvestism. Not just study of the Pee-Wee Herman scandal, but an uncovering of some of the “archetypal sexual stereotypes” that pervade our minds.
4. The Film: Boogie Nights directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. This masterpiece, loosely based on the real life porn star “Dirk Diggler” would be awesome to watch in a college class. One could psychoanalyze the film and look for all sorts of strange pathologies.
5. The Graphic Novel: Human Diastrophism by Gilbert Hernandez. Luba herself is enough to make this graphic (nsfw graphic) novel worth the read; but the story is an incredible meditation on contemporary life that you won’t soon forget.