Alain de Botton on how sex will never be simple or nice

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Despite our best efforts to clean it of its peculiarities, sex will never be either simple or nice in the ways we might like it to be. It is not fundamentally democratic or kind; it is bound up with cruelty, transgression and the desire for subjugation and humiliation. It refuses to sit neatly on top of love, as it should. Tame it though we may try, sex has a recurring tendency to wreak havoc across our lives…

– Alain de Botton

I first “met” Alain de Botton–as I’ve met so many of my intellectual intoxications–through Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings. Here’s Popova being brilliant on de Botton’s How To Think More About Sex.

ORDERS: This weekend, think more about sex. I’m telling you that it’s ESSENTIAL for freeing up your creativity. If you need to dress it up in intellectual refinement, get de Botton’s How To Think More About Sex. Or… just do it.

Look forward to the results.

About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance Tell Me, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure, as well as the non-fiction collection of essays Rough Draft Confessions: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway. Coming in 2018: Text Me, Cupid, a steamy romance in four episodes. Current WiPs: Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Jewel of the Not-So-Spectacular Boobs, All In the Cards, and Un-Valentine. Yes, working on four projects simultaneously is a spectacularly bad idea.

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