Three books on my keeper shelves

• Delta of Venus by Anais Nin. Literature with a capital L taught me that sex in fiction should only be used to one of two ends: to highlight a violent act or to describe the female body in painstaking detail. Nin not only did away with the mechanical, but she embraced erotica as a genre as poetic and ripe for good storytelling as any other. A huge eye-opener. Read more

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