The “Poverty of Angels”

Stimulating the Imagination: Writers, Artists, Lovers, and Paulhan’s Mescaline Experiment Story of O author Dominique Aury grumbled in a television interview she gave aged 87, “Gaston Gallimard said, ‘We can’t publish books like this,' though he had published Jean Genet, which was much nastier!” O Above, clockwise: Dominique Aury, Jean Paulhan, Jean Genet, Cocteau's portrait … Continue reading The “Poverty of Angels”

Midwinter “Stories of O”

OF OWLS & MOONS AND... My gift to you this midwinter season is the sharing of a book I initially compiled just for my own pleasure. With my "notes in the margin", pictorial references, and a selection of my paintings and drawings drawn from some 25 years of my impulse to configure stories of 'O', … Continue reading Midwinter “Stories of O”

In Search of the Real ‘O’(2)

Clues: Another 'Roissy' ? & a Search for Jeannine Aeply Another Roissy?: Maison de Chateaubriand at La Vallée-aux-Loups The writer of Histoire d’O, outstanding ‘woman of letters’ Dominique Aury (born Anne Desclos), said of the writing of Story of O; “In order to… make it convincing, you have to give the details that provide the ring of … Continue reading In Search of the Real ‘O’(2)

In Search of the Real ‘O’

Business as usual at the offices of Éditions Gallimard In Search of the Real ‘O’ The acts (of sadomasochism) depicted in Story of O are well beyond the norm for 1954, to say the least. Can we possibly consider them as rooted in reality? Intrinsically this one and only novel by Dominique (Anne Desclos) Aury, … Continue reading In Search of the Real ‘O’

My ‘Story of O’ Blogs (1 to 65)

. A COMPLETE LIST OF MY O-BLOGS - including 20 'Artists of O' CLICK ON DATE TO VISIT RELEVANT BLOG POST 1. O at Sixty Two 23 January 2017 (a place to start:) Sixty years on, Story of O remains a powerful book, no longer as shocking as it once was, and no longer causing … Continue reading My ‘Story of O’ Blogs (1 to 65)

THE CIRCUS DOLORES

THE CIRCUS has become sexy in recent years. It is not surprising. The darkened theater of the circus plays upon our fantasies of the queer and the exotic. The beautiful, the strange and the grotesque collide in this magical other-world, intent upon the undoing of the social order, of the world, as we understand it.  … Continue reading THE CIRCUS DOLORES

Story of O: the Players, major & minor…

The Players of the 'Story' of Histoire d'O DOMINIQUE AURY Not many authors can boast of having written a best-selling pornographic novel, much less one regarded as an erotica classic—but Pauline Réage could. Make that Dominique Aury. No: Anne Desclos. All three were the same woman, but for years the real name behind the incendiary … Continue reading Story of O: the Players, major & minor…

Histoire d’O: The Players, Major & Minor…

The Players of the 'Story' of Histoire d'O DOMINIQUE AURY Not many authors can boast of having written a best-selling pornographic novel, much less one regarded as an erotica classic—but Pauline Réage could. Make that Dominique Aury. No: Anne Desclos. All three were the same woman, but for years the real name behind the incendiary … Continue reading Histoire d’O: The Players, Major & Minor…

Art, the 1970s, Comics, Bolland, and Histoire d’O…

LOOKING BACK: Another Scrapbook "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." L.P. Hartley A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy far before Internet… Not until the advent of the World Wide Web did European comics (bandes dessinées or fumetti) become familiar to a UK audience, if at all. Well, perhaps, as … Continue reading Art, the 1970s, Comics, Bolland, and Histoire d’O…

A Story of O Scrapbook:

A Story of O Scrapbook: inc. Would-be Artists of O Bart Ramakers' astonishingly beautiful photograph (above) takes my mind to Dominique Aury's 'Roissy', or 'Samois', where O might be put through her paces in sumptuous gardens, imagined in the book, beyond the tall window of our heroine's 'cell'. Ramakers (b.1963) "grew up in Belgium," galerist … Continue reading A Story of O Scrapbook: