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The Man Sitting in the Corridor

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October 9, 2005

I was thinking about sex. Of course, this is not unusual, since it's a hard thing not to think about when you write porn reviews every day (lol). As I've mentioned I also write erotic stories and when time allows, I usually lend my critical eye to other author's fiction.

A story that I recently looked over had a major problem. The sex was dull. It's not so much that the words used to describe the erotic action were uninteresting, but rather it was that the circumstances surrounding the sex. Basically, it was about a married couple with an uninteresting vanilla sex life, and the author meant the sex scene to be, well, erotic.

It's not that I have anything against vanilla, but when I go to read erotic fiction, a married couple in a missionary position, with one of their children interrupting their moment, just doesn't do it for me. I want fantasy! Take out the ordinariness of the interruption, inject the swinging couple next door voyeuristically peering in the open window, and voila! You have something a bit more exciting, not to mention a new avenue for the story to take.

Erotic writing isn't easy. What appeals to one person doesn't necessarily turn another on.

One of the sexiest female authors of the last century in my opinion was Marguerite Duras. She's not as well-known as Anais Nin, although most people would have heard of her book L'Amant / The Lover, which was made into a movie, or at the very least a film by Alain Resnais based on her script, Hiroshima, Mon Amour.

One short erotic vignette that she wrote was called "The Man Sitting in the Corridor". It's a very short piece, but the erotic power with which she describes sex in an alley is one of the most poetic, haunting and erotic pieces of literature I have yet to read. I'm envious of her power of words and can only aspire to be such a vivid and passionate writer.

So, if you're looking for something erotic to read, although it is not pornographic by any stretch, then this very short novella by Duras is one that I highly recommend.

Posted by sloth at October 9, 2005 1:47 AM

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