Tag Archive: Fiction

Feb 02 2016

Leather Ever After

This is the text of the book review from the previous episode of The Pageist for people who prefer to read their book reviews. This episode’s book falls under the Paige is on Top category of books, as it’s somewhat recent having been released in 2013. Look at me, reading something written within the last …

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Dec 31 2015

Episode 001 The Marketplace

Episode the First: Wherein The Pageist begins sharing her love of books with the whole wide, English-understanding-world. The Pageist is a podcast about books on BDSM and other forms of non-traditional sexual expression and relationships. Including fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels; from the classics to contemporary works and featuring topics from ethical non-monogamy to sex …

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Oct 27 2015

1601 by Mark Twain

The year is 1601 and a poor lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth is waiting on her lady, who is chatting with some of the well-known writers of the day—Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon and William Shakespeare. Other Elizabethans of note are lolling about. Suddenly, someone cuts one. I mean, they really let one rip. A fart. Someone …

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Sep 15 2015

Secretary: The Film vs the Short Story

Secretary: A Comparison of the Film and Short Story –This essay has spoilers of both the film and short story.— Quotes from the short story are in block quotes [Film notes are in brackets.] *General commentary follows an asterisk The Mary Gaitskill story was published in her collection Bad Behavior in 1988. I reviewed it …

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Aug 25 2015

Bad Behavior

Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior is a collection of stories about some truly unlikable people. Really. I wouldn’t want to have lunch with one of them. Reading about them was engaging, though–Gaitskill captures the grimy, complicated reality of life, but this isn’t feel-good material. It isn’t redemptive reading, either–where someone triumphs over adversity. It’s a collection …

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Aug 11 2015

Something Leather

June is a by-the-book sort of woman. She’s straightforward. She knows what she wants. Not particularly satisfied in love, but also not particularly bothered enough to do anything about it, she gets on with her life in Glasgow. Then one day a series of odd events leads her to a literal hole-in-the-wall of a shop …

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Jul 28 2015

The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek (translated by Joachim Neugroschel) The piano teacher, Erika Kohut, has given her life to Art, to music, to her instrument. SHE is special and different and above everyone else who will never understand Art the way SHE does. The piano teacher is growing older without ever having lived, but …

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Jun 16 2015

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Before beginning this review I must admit that it’s been some time since I read this. I recall enjoying it greatly and there are quite a few underlined passages in my copy. Like such: Then the turtle-billing kisses, and the poignant painless love-bites, which they both exchang’d in a rage of delight, all conspiring towards …

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Jun 02 2015

D/s in The Well by Elizabeth Jolley

The Well is an Australian novel by Elizabeth Jolley, which was published in 1986. It was made into a film in 1997 starring Pamela Rabe and Miranda Otto and directed by Samantha Lang. This essay will focus on the book, as the Dominance/submission aspects of the relationship between the two women isn’t obvious in the …

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