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Lovergirl Paperback – August 26, 2013
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About the Author
DAHLIA SCHWEITZER is a writer, curator, educator, and performer. Her books, articles, concerts, and installations--found across mass/mainstream, critical/academic, and emergent/underground channels--touch upon themes of media and identity; sexuality and femininity; decay and reinvention. Sometimes her intention is to critique and suggest, others to transform and advance, and yet others to arouse and entertain.
Schweitzer's other works include erotic fiction (Seduce Me, Queen of Hearts, Breathe With Me, I've Been a Naughty Girl); cultural criticism (Some Kind of Monster: Cindy Sherman's Office Killer); impassioned essays in publications including Hyperallergic and The Journal of Popular Culture; and an album of electronic dance music (Plastique). A former resident of Berlin, Tel Aviv, and New York City, Schweitzer currently lives in Los Angeles. Here, in the city of angels (and devils), she teaches critical thinking and creative writing while working toward her PhD at UCLA.
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I really enjoyed this book. Its a good thing that she doesnt make a lot of fuzz about the sex and taboo stuff, which I think is really intelligent (like her) because dealing with sex as it is something wrong or dirty is not very helpful to ourselves. The sex parts arent seen as erotica or filled with adjectives, they arent meant to turn on anybody, they are just narrating the process she was through and that I find refreshing.
I really recommend this book, specially if you can take sex apart of the emotional charge that it comes with.
If you're on the fence about reading it, do as Adrian did and jump in body first, your curiously naughty side will thank you later...
This is a well written, interesting story about a woman who wants to explore her sexuality while making money in the sex industry. It's refreshing to know that I'm not the only good girl/feminist who fantasizes about being sexualized.
Do yourself a favor and read this book so you can live vicariously through Adrian, the main character.
While living all the thing she tells us about in this book must have been quite a ride, as a second-hand tale, for someone who does not know the author and therefore has no preformed emotional attachment to her and her story, this is a rather mundane experience. In itself, that is a good thing: I'm rather glad that not all women who work in porn and/or escorting have to suffer through drama and trauma.
If you're looking for anothe Diary aof a secret call girl, that's not it. If you're looking for vicarious thrills and titillation, that's not it. If you're looking for a true story proving that porn/escorting is no evil per se and does not destroy everything it touches, that's more like it. If you already knew that, you might think the book is nicely written, but a little... lacking (for what? Still don't know...).
I'll also mention that this is, in a certain way, less of a standard porno-light romp and more a coming-of-age story, conducted in an unusually frank, considered, grown-up, almost-old-fashioned Marilyn Monroe mode in which the protagonist uses--but ultimately escapes being used by--her own sexuality to discover what she's about from head to toe, inside and out, personally and professionally, erotically and romantically.
If you're looking for something a bit more challenging, confronting, intellectual, and relevatory than FIFTY SHADES OF GREY--or if you want to see what the post-modern erotic novel looks and feels like, this is it.