Bear by Marian Engel was first published in 1976. Despite being rejected by Engel’s first publisher, it went on to win the prestigious Governor General’s Award and, despite the controversy caused by the bestiality in the book, is considered a classic in Canada. Margaret Atwood praises it as “a strange and wonderful book, plausible as kitchens, but shapely as a folktale, and with the same disturbing resonance.” Therefore, Daunt Books are republishing Bear in an effort to bring its curious narrative to a new generation of readers and its off-beat story is sure to pique interest.
I’m certainly no petrol head, but I’ve driven a variety of cars in my time. One of these was a Porsche. I’d never driven a sports car before and the first time I got behind its wheel, that massive acceleration took me by surprise: it demanded an effort to keep control. Lelo’s Enigma had pretty much the same effect, however any notion of controlling the intense and totally chaotic orgasm was out of the question.
We’re currently undergoing what most would consider the greatest global trauma of our lifetime. Everyone’s suffered the loss of something, whether it be as devastating and life-altering as a loved one, a job, a home, in-person schooling, childcare, or as trivial as a ritual Friday night dinner with friends, time at the gym, a trip to a faraway place, the ability to walk into a shop.
As audiobooks and podcasts continue to rise in popularity, there are also plenty of platforms for listening to audio erotica — sexy stories read aloud or acted out. Although these websites have been around for some time, they are growing in popularity. Many have taken a different angle on their purpose by appealing to wellness trends of encouraging sexual exploration and relaxation. And a warm voice can bring a sense of company to the many of us enduring isolation as a result of lockdown restrictions.
If there’s one positive thing to take away from being stuck at home 24/7 (and there really is only one thing), it’s that opportunities to have a good ol’ wank have been on the rise. In lieu of being able to actually go out and meet people in order to satisfy certain, er, needs, I’ve been reacquainting myself with…well, myself. Or, at least, that was the case until LELO SILA arrived on my doorstep and I decided to sneak her into my bed.
‘Women,’ my friend said one evening in the pub. ‘I swear to God, if they didn’t have cunts we’d shoot the fucking lot of them.’
When researching the stress of buying a house, online mortgage broker Habito found “1 in 10 couples say that getting a mortgage made their sex lives go limp.” Thus, they came up with the idea of creating an erotic novel to reassure prospective property purchasers that conveyancing can be more of a come-to-bed than it might be assumed.
PVT Chat is the feature debut of New York City-based independent filmmaker Ben Hozie, starring Julia Fox, the knockout star of 2019’s Uncut Gems, as cam girl Scarlet and Peter Vack as the innocuous Jack, an online gambling addict who develops a school-boy crush on Scarlet that at intervals threatens to get out of hand.
They say love is blind, but had the Queen been to Specsavers, she might have spotted quite how awful, sleazy and deeply stupid her favourite son is. Prince Andrew’s life began promisingly enough: blessed with good looks and an innate confidence, he was the apple of his mother’s eye.
As four years of a Trump presidency come to an end and Brexit negotiations crawl towards increasingly unsatisfactory conclusions, Ian Dunt’s latest comment on the power inherent to liberalism is a breath of unpolluted air. Never has nationalism been more pressingly on the global agenda, especially in the wake of a pandemic that has resolutely ignored geopolitics and cross-border controls.