Sex is at the heart of what it means to be human. So it bewilders me that — as a rule — erotica is seldom taken seriously, either by writers or readers. How can we make sex — on the page as well as in life — less a performance and more a source of communion? How can we go deeper? Assume the reader wants — and is capable of appreciating — something beyond a jerk-off vehicle.
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They often:. Before we get there, a quick quiz: What is the difference between erotica and sex in literary novels? Glean from this wisdom. Study and prove yourself approved. He had more or less resigned himself to the women being old and decrepit and was taken aback to see teenagers.
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This article appears in the March '17 issue of Esquire. Sex in fiction, like sex on a beach, ought to be a no-brainer. On the one hand, there's, well, sex, a source of mystifying pleasure and profundity that for most people rarely elicits any articulation other than a contented grunt, groan, or gasp. On the other hand, there's the novel, an artistic enterprise devoted to making verbal sense of mute experience.