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France Is Trying To Raise Millions To Buy De Sade’s Filthiest Manuscript

“The French government is appealing for corporate help to acquire the manuscript of the Marquis de Sade’s notorious The 120 Days of Sodom, valued at €4.5m (£3.9m), for the National Library of France.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, France, Words, Marquis de Sade, de Sade, 02.22.21

The 120 Days of Sodom: France seeks help to buy 'most impure tale ever written'

Tax breaks announced for companies who pay for manuscript by the Marquis de Sade, valued at €4.5m The French government is appealing for corporate help to acquire the manuscript of the Marquis de Sade’s notorious The 120 Days of Sodom, valued at €4.5m (£3.9m), for the National Library of France. Related: ‘The most impure tale ever written’: how The 120 Days of Sodom became a ‘classic’ Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, World news, Culture, Marquis de Sade, Manuscripts and letters, National Library of France Related

Gotham’s Erin Richards Joins ABC’s Dracula Pilot The Brides

Gotham’s Erin Richards Joins ABC’s Dracula Pilot The Brides According to TVLine, Erin Richards (Gotham) has been cast as one of Dracula’s three brides in ABC’s pilot The Brides. Richards will join Goran Visnjic (Timeless) who will play Count Dracula, as well as previously announced cast members Gina Torres (Suits), Katherine Reis (Claws), Chris Mason (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) and Sophia Tatum (I Am Not Okay With This). Visnjic’s new version of the classic monster is being desc...
Tags: TV, London, Movies, Abc, New York City, Gotham, TV News, Jack, Bram Stoker, Harlem, Lily, Cleo, Richards, Dracula, Riverdale, Greg Berlanti

King of Manuscripts.

David Segal has a riveting account in the NY Times of Gérard Lhéritier, once called the “king of manuscripts” but now known as “the Bernie Madoff of France.” Excerpts from the beginning: PARIS — A letter from Frida Kahlo, signed and twice kissed with red lipstick, fetched just over $8,800. A page of scribbled calculations by Isaac Newton sold for about $21,000. A 1953 handwritten speech by John F. Kennedy took in $10,000. “Adjugé!” said a gray-haired auctioneer, over and over, as he gaveled awa...
Tags: France, Uncategorized, Paris, Linguistics, John F Kennedy, Isaac Newton, Times, Esquire, Frida Kahlo, Marquis de Sade, Bernie Madoff, David Segal, Aristophil, NY Times of Gérard Lhéritier, Lhéritier, Joel Warner

May 28 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

May 28 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to’s May 28 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! As you can see, we’ve added a video player at the top highlighting this week’s releases, and you can find more detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':...
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Hunter S. Thompson’s Ballsy Job Application Letter (1958)

Image by RS79 , via Wikimedia Commons In 1958, Hunter S. Thompson applied for a job with the Vancouver Sun. He was fresh out of the Air Force and struggling to make a living in New York City, though from the tone of the letter you wouldn’t know it. People who are experts in such things say that good cover letters should match the employer’s needs with the applicant's abilities, should be tailored specifically to the job in question and should show some personality. By those yardsticks, Thompson...
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What Does “Machiavellian” Really Mean?: An Animated Lesson

The word Machiavellian has come to invariably refer to an “unscrupulous schemer for whom the ends justify the means,” notes the animated TED-Ed video above, a description of characters “we love to hate” in fiction past and present. The adjective has even become enshrined in psychological literature as one third of the “dark triad” that also features narcissism and psychopathy, personalities often mistaken for the Machiavellian type. The term's “lasting notoriety comes from a brief politi...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Philosophy, Shakespeare, Aristotle, Facebook Twitter, Machiavelli, Josh Jones, Salman Rushdie, Marquis de Sade, Niccolo Machiavelli, Kissinger, Durham NC Follow, Leopold von Sacher Masoch, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The British Library Digitizes Its Collection of Obscene Books (1658-1940)

Many people are cheated out of an authentic education in English literature because of a longstanding puritanical approach to its curation. One might spend a lifetime reading the traditional canon without ever, for example, learning much about the long history of popular pornographic British writing, a genre that flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries as the popularity of the novel exploded. Everyone knows the Marquis de Sade, even if they haven’t read him, not least because he lent his name...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Smithsonian, Literature, Smith, British Library, Oscar Wilde, Gale, Facebook Twitter, Pamela, Richardson, Henry Fielding, Justine, Voltaire, Josh Jones

"Romantic love and the longing for God are closely intertwined in our music and literature, in our theology, and, beneath all that, in our souls."

Writes Kevin D. Williamson in "The Psalmist and the Sex Doll" (National Review). The "psalmist" is Leonard Cohen, and the essay begins with a discussion of the song "Hallelujah." As for the "sex doll," he's writing about the new brothels (in Toronto) where men pay to have sex with realistic looking/seeming dolls.The sterility of the act in question is not merely biological. Regulation of that act is not entirely beside the point, but it is not really the point itself, either. Imagine, if you can...
Tags: Same-sex Marriage, Marriage, Law, Prostitution, Religion, Toronto, Robots, Masturbation, Dolls, Leonard Cohen, Prayer, Marquis de Sade, Kevin D. Williamson, Ann Althouse, de Sade, Sex Tools

Aldous Huxley to George Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher. Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a spell before writing Brave New World (1931), the other great 20th century dystopian novel. Huxley starts off the letter praising the book, describin...
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Uncomfortably Serious and Disarmingly Fun: The Irreplaceable Matt Marks

[Ed note: On May 11, 2018, the composer, performer, and new music organizer Matt Marks, 38, died unexpectedly in St. Louis. Testimonials from friends and colleagues sharing reflections on his humor, candor, and inspiring work as a music maker have poured in across social media where Matt was a vibrant, pull-no-punches presence. Perhaps illustrating the far reach of his impact, many of these messages were prefaced with variations of “I only met him IRL once, but our friendship here meant so much ...
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Meatspace: ‘The Nether’ at Washington Ensemble Theatre, a harrowing trip through the dark web, includes a trigger warning

In Jennifer Haley’s vision, the internet has evolved into “The Nether,” which contains a series of “realms” where people might, say, act out their most Marquis de Sade fantasies. At the heart is an ethical debate: Does indulging vicious fantasies make you more or less likely to enact them IRL?
Tags: News, Entertainment, Theater, Local News, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Marquis de Sade, Jennifer Haley

Limerick-Off Award (296)

It’s time to announce the latest Limerick-Off winners based on submissions (on this blog and on Facebook) in the last Limerick-Off. Congratulations to KONRAD SCHWOERKE, who wins the Limerick-Off Award for this funny limerick: I research old age and disease, But it’s grim, so I joke and I tease. My new study’s complex; It involves lots of sex- Agenarian interviewees. Congratulations to DAVE JOHNSON, who wins the Special EGO-Themed Limerick Award for this clever ACROSTIC limerick: There’s nobody...
Tags: Facebook, Obama, Paris, Humor, Hilton, Contests, Sigmund Freud, Limerick, Nellie, ESS, Marquis de Sade, Dave Johnson, Tony Holmes, Limericks, Limerick Award Winners, Limerick Competition

The Antiquarian Book Dealer Who Became 'France's Bernie Madoff'

Gérard Lhéritier, the son and grandson of plumbers, built himself into the biggest, and flashiest, seller of old manuscripts and books in France, a businessman whose (heavily publicized) prize piece of inventory was the Marquis de Sade's original manuscript of 120 Days of Sodom. (Naturally, Esquire uses that fact as the hook for this article.) […]
Tags: Art, France, People, Esquire, Marquis de Sade, Bernie Madoff, 03.27.18, Gérard Lhéritier

George Orwell Reviews Salvador Dali’s Autobiography: “Dali is a Good Draughtsman and a Disgusting Human Being” (1944)

Images or Orwell and Dali via Wikimedia Commons Should we hold artists to the same standards of human decency that we expect of everyone else? Should talented people be exempt from ordinary morality? Should artists of questionable character have their work consigned to the trash along with their personal reputations? These questions, for all their timeliness in the present, seemed no less thorny and compelling 74 years ago when George Orwell confronted the strange case of Salvador Dali, an unde...
Tags: Google, Art, College, America, Spain, George Orwell, Franco, Gazprom, Salvador Dalí, Shakespeare, Orwell, Jones, Tolstoy, Noam Chomsky, Facebook Twitter, Dali


The French government has recognized Marquis de Sade’s work “120 Days of Sodom, or The School of Libertinage,” a national treasure, stopping it from being sold at a Paris auction.
Tags: News, Visual Arts, Paris, Marquis de Sade, Nation & World

Halting Auction, France Designates Marquis de Sade Manuscript a ‘National Treasure’

The designation blocks, for now, any sale of “120 Days of Sodom,” one of the aristocrat’s most notorious works, to a foreign buyer.
Tags: News, France, Auctions, Marquis de Sade, Books and Literature, Manuscripts

Marquis de Sade text named French treasure, auction canceled

PARIS (AP) — An original manuscript for the Marquis de Sade's "The 120 Days of Sodom" has been withdrawn from a Paris auction after the French government declared it a "national treasure" and banned its export.Auction house Aguttes... [Author: [email protected]]
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120 Days de Sodom made national treasure by French government

Officials order that the 18th century erotic masterpiece by the Marquis de Sade be withdrawn from auction in ParisThe French government has stepped in to declare Marquis de Sade’s manuscript, 120 Days of Sodom, a national treasure as it was about to be sold at auction in Paris.Officials ordered that the 18th-century erotic masterpiece be withdrawn from the sale, along with André Breton’s Surrealist Manifestos, banning their export from France, the Aguttes auction house said. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, France, World news, Paris, Bernard Madoff, Marquis de Sade, André Breton

A Digital Archive of 1,800+ Children’s Books from UCLA

In the early 18th century, the novel was seen as a frivolous and trivial form at best, a morally corrupting one at worst. Given that the primary readers of novels were women, the belief smacks of patriarchal condescension and a kind of thought control. Fiction is a place where readers can imaginatively live out fantasies and tragedies through the eyes of an imagined other. Respectable middle-class women were expected instead to read conduct manuals and devotionals. English novelist Samuel Richa...
Tags: Google, Books, College, K-12, University of Florida, Mark Twain, Ucla, Facebook Twitter, Pamela, Henry Fielding, Louisa May Alcott, Josh Jones, Marquis de Sade, Durham NC Follow, Historical Children 's Books All Digitized, Samuel Richardson

On Chris Krau's Parasocial Relationship with Kathy Acker

Me talking about Chris Kraus talking about Kathy Acker talking about Bernadette Mayer is like Camille Paglia talking about Susan Sontag talking about Simone Weil talking about Jesus Christ—it's not a comparison that I find particularly favorable to me. Yet here we are. Kraus and I have never met and never spoken and yet it's clear that we both care deeply about the parasocial and we're both willing to take an excess of liberties about it. We force ourselves into one-sided relationships wi...
Tags: Music, New York, London, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Literature, Biography, Andy Warhol, Seattle, Dick, Jesus Christ, Andy, Megan Volpert, Don Quixote, Bret Easton Ellis

Another day, another mass shooting in America: Letters

Once again, our leadership in Washington offers their condolences to the families and friends of the victims of a shooter with an assault weapon in Texas. Though there were cries of  banning assault and automatic weapons after the Las Vegas shooting, once again nothing was done by our men and women in Washington. What hypocrites our representatives and senators are! — Jean Strauber, Encino Every right to kneel Re “First Amendment applies to both sides of argument” (Letters, Nov. 3): Sorry, but I...
Tags: England, Hollywood, Texas, Opinion, Washington, France, America, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Chile, Harvey Weinstein, Korea, Marine Corps, Associated Press, Las Vegas

10 essential books for writers

Develop your craft with these 10 essential books for writers. 8 minutes to read “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King Stephen King may have been talking about reading fiction when he said that. But sometimes it pays to read books about writing too, starting with the one this quotation comes from: his own bestselling On Writing. Books about writing are a great source of inspirational soundbites and quotations to be share...
Tags: Books, UK, Greece, Writing, Punctuation, Stephen King, Paris, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K Le Guin, Herald, Orwell, Dante, Books For Writers, Proust

Watch Trailer for Jess Franco Inspired Psychodrama S&M: Les Sadiques

German Jess Franco homage S&M: Les Sadiques releases official trailer We just got an eyeful of a wild arthouse German thriller made by filmmakers who truly get the often confounding cinema of late Spanish exploitation legend Jess Franco called S&M: Les Sadiques. Directed and photographed by Alex Bakshaev, the film is a quasi companion piece to Franco’s 1971 Soledad Miranda film, Eugenie De Sade, both films being inspired by the writings of that marvelous pervert the Marquis De Sade and even s...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Berlin, Franco, Sandra, Corrado, Marquis de Sade, Daniel White, ComingSoon, Jess Franco, Eugenie De Sade, S&M: Les Sadiques, Les Sadiques, Alex Bakshaev, Soledad Miranda, Sandra Bourdonnec

travel rules you should always break

Photo by Norman Toth The act of travel is, at its heart, an act of rebellion. When we board a plane, we are rebelling against convention, against our nine-to-five routine, against our smaller selves. That’s why we tolerate the airline seat designed by Marquis de Sade, the pet-quality food, and the temporal whiplash of jet lag. Yet many travelers, consciously or not, belie this noble act of rebellion by following an unofficial set of rules. A list of dos and donts that constrain the traveler’...
Tags: Travel, Traveling, Nepal, Denmark, Geneva, Guatemala, Cleveland, All, Traveler, Marquis de Sade, Bullocks, Travel Rules, Norman Toth

The Two Quests Of John de St. Jorre

John de St. Jorre, who first revealed in a 1994 New Yorker article the identity of the author of the erotic French novel, Story of O, has compared his search for that mysterious person to the decades-long search for his mother. His new book, Darling Baby Mine: A Son's Extraordinary Search for His Mother, describes the many obstacles he encountered on his journey to find her. Speaking in January at the American Library in Paris and then over dinner at Josephine's Restaurant, St. Jorre said his mo...
Tags: London, News, Paris, New Yorker, Huffington Post, Linder, Edith, Josephine, Marquis de Sade, Olympia Press, American Library, Secret Intelligence Service, Mary Duncan, John de St Jorre, St Jorre, St Dominics

Translating Sade’s Obscenities.

Will McMorran’s piece on translating the Marquis de Sade’s The 120 Days of Sodom for Penguin might have been written with LH in mind. He calls it “a uniquely disturbing work”: And therefore uniquely challenging to translate. Perhaps this was the reason no one had attempted a new translation since the one first published by Austryn Wainhouse in 1954 (and revised with Richard Seaver in 1966). In any case, Thomas Wynn and I felt a new version was long overdue, and, much to our surprise, Penguin Cl...
Tags: Uncategorized, Linguistics, Penguin, Tudor, Marquis de Sade, Sade

CS Interview: Zach Galligan Talks Waxwork Blu-ray & Gremlins 2

CS Interview: Zach Galligan Talks Waxwork Blu-ray & Gremlins 2 In 1988 British director Anthony Hickox (Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Warlock: The Armageddon) made his feature debut with the horror comedy Waxwork, which starred a young, post-Gremlins Zach Galligan as the leader of a group of students who take a midnight jaunt to the local town wax museum run by a very evil gentleman played by David Warner. They wind up getting sucked into the various horrific...
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Restrained and Twisted - Etat Libre d'Orange's Attaquer Le Soleil

  Marquis de Sade. There is a new Etat Libre d'Orange fragrance and everyone seems to be shocked by the simplicity of it. Well, not me. I am seduced and hypnotized. I know that with a reference like the Marquis de Sade, everyone will expect something repulsive like Secretions Magnifiques, but that would be misinterpreting the work of this master of literature. Attaquer Le Soleil can ... Read full article: Restrained and Twisted - Etat Libre d'Orange's Attaquer Le Soleil from Fragranti...
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Exclusive Waxwork Blu-ray Clip Features the Marquis de Sade

Exclusive Waxwork Blu-ray Clip features the Marquis de Sade The Vestron Video Collector’s Series unleashes the tongue-in-cheek horror classics Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on October 18. In anticipation, Lionsgate has provided us with an exclusive Waxwork Blu-ray clip featuring noted character actor J. Kenneth Campbell (The Abyss, Mars Attacks) discussing a very awkward moment at an orgy where someone recognized him as the Marquis de Sade ...
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