Amid the grisly stories of murdered children and girls, the Jennifer Lopez furore made news as an opportunity to show the star’s body in an ostensibly provocative costume that she wore for ‘family programme’ Britain’s Got Talent. Over 100 complaints were received about what the BBC website showed (but stopped short of fully revealing) to be a high-cut, groin hugging and glittery item of sartorial body armour.
Even if you’ve not read it, or seen the new film, chances are you’ve got some opinions on it. Gatsby has trickled into mainstream culture by osmosis, infiltrating aspects of life we didn’t even realise it had entered. And Gatsby, incredibly for a 50,000 word novella, has so much to say to us.
Jennifer is having a dream about shagging David Cameron, but then wakes up to another nightmare: her house is on fire. Thanks to Bob, her nice next-door neighbour (with whom she is having a long-term affair), the fire brigade has been alerted and is on its way. Recently, her husband found out about Bob and now he’s staying with his sister. But it’s more complicated than that.
Setting oneself up as an erotic publisher is not without its pitfalls. One thing I didn't anticipate a couple of months ago is the extent to which I would end up having to share details about my intimate preferences with complete strangers. My decision to publish an erotic anthology was prompted by a number of factors, none of which was 'wanting to broadcast my turn-ons to the general public and my mum and dad'.
We carry around a personal sexual consciousness. While this remains in a semi-dormant state, we are constantly alert to cues that could indicate the prospects for, or dangers of, engagement with the opposite sex at any appropriate level. Much the same way as animals are with food or potential enemies.
Underneath our excited bottoms as we anticipate our most expensive sleep to date, is a mattress-topper combination to match no other on the planet. What we are about to go horizontal on is made from a unique cocktail of cashmere, carded virgin lambs wool, cotton and curled Latin American horse tail. Horse tail apparently wicks away moisture, helps maintain body temperature and provides natural spring. Why it works better when it’s curled and comes from Latin American equine descent, who knows – but it does.
The popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, for example, scandalizes mainstream feminists and left-liberal cultural commissars not because the book is so poorly written (E.L. James is hardly the first author of dubious talents to become rich and famous), but because its hero Christian Grey embodies all of the old-fashioned attributes of the sexy romance novel hunk: he’s ambitious, cocky, powerful, and dominant: a true alpha male, whose kinky tastes only heighten his appeal to women.
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For someone who spends most of her non-working life in a onesie, burlesque nights are fascinating, glitzy affairs: they're How The Other Half Live. Wam Bam's the longest-running supper club in the country, and has spread its wings to include a new Friday night show...
There is a huge amount to admire in the exquisitely designed and printed The Purple Book, and what little there is not to like really depends on the vicissitudes of a reader’s personal taste. What might easily have been an exercise in ‘preciousness’ turns out to be a robust examination of a sometimes notoriously fey and whimsical – yet brilliant – period in literature, art and illustration: the Decadent, Symbolist and Surrealist movements.
Whatever your own views on the human penis – join the debate! – it seems a little, well, cock-eyed to assume that every time it appeared in the Pompeiian home it did so in an erotic context. Some of these representations are comic; some stand for good luck, health and prosperity; some apparently exist because the eye of the glans struck someone as apt to make a damn fine candle-holder. It's our own post-Christian prurience that wants Graeco-Roman genitalia to signify in the same way ours do.
The Hippodrome Casino is definitely not the Casino de Monte Carlo; nor is it, somehow, the most felicitous venue for a burlesque revue. Its over-long and shallow stage and its general Holiday Inn atmosphere did nothing to help this show, despite forays among the tables by the performers.
Staggering over the Lock and into the Stables, I was transported back to the heady heights of my last visit, handcuffed to a chair and being paddled by a masked waitress...
We heard about the iGino One, the clever little sex toy that was crowd-funded, and wrote a news piece about it back in February (when it wasn’t quite ready for actual review) because we loved the ideas behind it. Since then, we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on one: the experience was worth waiting for and we weren’t disappointed.
Well, whaddya know? Sasha Grey, one of Hollywood's most successful porn stars, has packed it in to try her hand at novel-writing. And it ain't half bad. What begins tentatively as a treatise on film studies develops into a pacey, driven narrative which only very occasionally loses its way.
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has a wonderful selection of high quality erotic toys and lingerie for women at our boutique. We’re not burlesque and we’re not soft-porn – we’re here for positive, sensual erotic pleasure and contemporary design. Be seduced by us!
We stock fabulous products from Shiri Zinn, Je Joue, Rianne S, What Katie Did, Kiss Me Deadly and JimmyJane.
is a friendly, independent cycle shop in Battersea, London SW11. Established in 1992, our bike range isn’t huge but it is considered. British favourites and classics, Brompton, Pashley and Moulton rub handlebars with our favoured hybrid brand, Giant. Come and visit and see for yourself.
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Did Johann Salvadorus kill the Homecoming Queen? No, he did far worse…
Why not treat your Kindle (or other eReader) to a first-class read? Now available from ER BOOKS, Heart Killer is a dark, erotic, time-tripping crime thriller by Andy Nowicki.
Heart Killer is Nowicki’s fifth novel, with close thematic links to his controversial 2011 novella, The Columbine Pilgrim
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