Steamin Up the Stacks
Alright kiddies this entry might be a little blue so if you're sensitive please go read something else.
I just watched a great documentary on HBO about the history of American burlesque called Pretty Things. It was a great doc with interviews with the old burlesque gals and they teach the young female documentarian some tricks of the trade. Their custom-made costumes (which they thankfully kept!) are stunning. So I start searching around and I found a pretty weird little site I thought you might get a kick out of. There's a site that looks at pulp novels, particularly dealing with the idea of the "naughty librarian." Some of these 49 titles are really disturbing (Degraded Raped Librarian?? YIKES.) But some of them are just plain hilarious. My two favorites: Bang the Librarian Hard and Helpful Head Librarian. (what a wonderful pun!) Sadly there is no cover art available for these titles (believe me, I looked). There are a few interesting facts on the site as well:
In all of these novels 90 percent or more of the text is explicit description of all types of sexual activities. The remaining passages that describe a setting and characters are the subject of the
annotations. Unless otherwise noted, all of the novels contain passages describing vaginal, oral, and anal sex in a multitude of positions, and lesbian sex. The characters, most frequently female, portrayed as librarians are always library employees, but may actually be paraprofessional, clerical, or student assistants. The libraries described include public, academic, high school, and special libraries of a variety of types and sizes. Some library descriptions seem to have been written by librarians or by regular library users, as they're
quite realistic; other authors have apparently never even been in a library.
Which begs the question: whom among us is writing librarian pulp sex novels? Come on, I bet at least one of you has. You dirty buggers.