Stimulating Reads for Valentine’s Day

So this will be one of those Valentine Days that I loathed when I was young and single. No great sex. No great romance. Not even a thought of great love. So what does a hopeless romantic do?

Read a racy book or two…or three.

Fifty Shades of Grey notwithstanding, I thought I would pass along a book that I’m about to reread as well as 2 more from the same author…Nicholas Baker.

Lately it seems I’m drawn to men with a little paunch, a beard and huge passion. In fact, that could be my next relationship trinity.  (Guy Garvey anyone?)

I won’t spoil the ending, but these 3 books are all erotic as well as thought-provoking and sometimes humorous.   I would dearly love to discuss any of them on a moonlit night with an intelligent man….beard optional.



Baker has written a novel that remaps the territory of sex–solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. Written in the form of a phone conversation between two strangers, Vox is an erotic classic that places the author in the first rank of America’s major writers. Reading tour.


Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. So begins Nicholson Baker’s fuse-blowing sexual escapade—a modern-day Hieronymus Boschian bacchanal set in a pleasure resort where normal rules don’t apply. House of Holes, one of the most talked-about books in recent memory, is a gleefully provocative novel sure to surprise, amuse, and arouse.
the fermata
The Fermata is a 1994 novel by Nicholson Baker. It is about a man named Arno Strine who can stop time, and uses this ability to embark on a series of sexual adventures

Are Sex Toys Immoral?

Velvet Box Goody Bar

I live in Texas. We have the reputation of being Bible Belters, of being big on sports, but taboo on sex. It’s a warranted reputation. For example, one of the stores I frequent, The Velvet Box, has been sued to move from the Alliance Shopping Center because it is considered immoral for the shopping minions. At this point, I would argue with you that capitalistic greed is much more immoral than sex, but hey, that’s another post for another time. Does that make sexual toys immoral?

What stroked  stoked my attention today is the news that civic and political leaders aren’t just sexual prudes in Texas.  Today I read that Mayor Bloomberg feels the same way.  Wait?  New York City’s  Mayor Bloomberg?  The “progressive, liberal city” that is much more open-minded than those backward Texans?  No way!!!

It’s true.

In today’s Salon,  there’s an article about a NYC vibrator give away that was shut down by the city.  Seems there were lines of 300 or more people qeued to get some sexual swag from the makers of Trojan Condoms.  The city said, “no way”. You can read  the full story here.

With the wild fervor over Fifty Shades of Grey, you would think that our “leaders” would understand like my converted Church of Christ preacher stated, “Sex is not just for procreation, it’s what keeps a relationship alive”. Yes Virginia, there is such a thing as as orgasm.

I’m proud to say The Velvet Box is one of my favorite stores.  I happily read erotica.  I even write it!   Does that make me immoral?

I don’t think so.