Tag: BDSM

Sublime Scenes: Saturno Buttò and Jeanne de Berg

I. I’m not exactly sure when I discovered the art of Saturno Buttò, but I do remember how. After a discussion with an artist friend about an erotic art idea, I googled “erotic art Renaissance style” (which was not the idea), and up popped dozens of thumbnail images in red, gold, orange, black. Beautiful nude…

Cerebral Arousings: Romana Byrne’s Aesthetic Sexuality

2013, Bloomsbury PublishingFor my first book review in a long while (and the first anniversary of my first review here), I’ve decided to start a new category in my “Other Authors” column: The Genre. I have several essays planned that don’t quite fit into either “Classics” or “Recently Released”—reviewing a group of novels with similar…

The ‘M’ in BDSM: Venus in Furs, by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

Unlike the other works I’ve so far reviewed which have had relatively little written about them, Venus in Furs has been so thoroughly analyzed that I’ve been stumped as to what is left to say. The internet is peppered with introductions, hilariously “negative” reviews, and looming large, Gilles Deleuze’s novella-length essay “Coldness and Cruelty,” which…