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26 July 2006

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.


Blogger Laura said...

If only I had seen these earlier, my blog could have been named Lash the Librarian! or Librarian in Chains.

I'd probably have more readers....=)

8:55 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Haha you don't even want to know what happens when you do a Google image search for "naughty librarian". This pulp cover isn't a librarian-themed one but I just thought it had a funny connotation.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Did you know the Troc started as a burlesque house?

10:46 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I did know that. I think an increasing number of new punkish burlesque shows have been coming through there as well.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

I believe you're correct about that. I was there not too long ago for the Dead Milkmen show.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Burntdisk said...

Had an old prof named Jay Gertzman who collected these things. His specialty was Olympia Press, who used porn sales (things like I've got a Whip in my Suitcase) to sponsor publishing books like Tropic of Cancer. We had a meeting at his place to watch Liquid Sky, but spent the night walking around playing who found the best title. His whole house was just shelves and shelves of pulp porn. Don't even rmember what the winning title was...

1:01 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love pulp novels. When I went to Seattle there are a few killer used bookstores with nice pulp collections. I brought home lots of pulpy presents for friends.

2:19 PM  

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