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Sex Collectors: The Secret World of Consumers, Connoisseurs, Curators, Creators, Dealers, Bibliographers, and Accumulators of "Erotica"

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Though you might not encounter the subject in "Artforum" or stumble across it at Sotheby's, the thriving business of erotica is a mixture of sophistication and seduction, an underground world of eccentric artists and serious collectors. In "Sex Collectors," Geoff Nicholson hunts down an assortment of these obsessives around the world. From the Florida grandma with five mil ...more
274 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2006)
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Christie Bane
Jan 27, 2013 Christie Bane rated it it was ok
How can a book called "Sex Collectors" be boring? I can tell you how.

First, by devoting what seemed like half the book or more to discussion of the phenomenon of collecting in itself. I am not interested in what motivates collectors to collect, or in the question of whether all humans are collectors to some extent, or ANY of that. I only wanted to read about other people's accumulations of smut!

(Okay, he did talk about other people's collections of smut, but not in the voyeuristic way I was ex
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David
Feb 17, 2009 David rated it liked it
A wandering journey through the world of "sex collectors," with that phrase interpreted as broadly as possible so that author Geoff Nicholson can harvest enough material for his book. Some collectors that he meets specialize fairly narrowly (in erotic bookplates, for example), while other, less interesting collectors hoard more indiscriminately. Ultimately, however, this book is as much about Nicholson as the collectors themselves. A substanital portion of the text consists of Nicholson telling ...more
Jeff
Jul 20, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: sex, nonfiction
I read 95% of this book on a cross-country flight with a guy reading Michael Medved next to me, so perhaps that colors my opinion, but the book was not as naughty as I was expecting, even while discussing graphic stuff.

Nicholson spends a good bit of time musing over what exactly constitutes a "collection" and who is a "collector" without resolving anything.

It seemed most of the individuals profiled just kind of stumbled into collecting whatever it is they collected, sometimes with no explicitly
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Elton Gsell
Mar 05, 2015 Elton Gsell rated it really liked it
This was fun to read. The author is like a safari guide taking the reader down exotic and sometimes erotic, sometimes hilarious and sometimes unsettling paths.
Pamster
Dec 02, 2007 Pamster rated it really liked it
Totally fascinating to me in exploring a lot of questions about the nature of collecting. I enjoyed knowing how people displayed their collections, what they considered worth collecting, how they got started, etc. There was a bunch of stuff about Freud saying people collect things because children hoard poop? Yeah, I'd rather not have that in my brain. Infuriating on a number of levels. But other than that, I really liked reading this. The author talked to lots of cool bibliophiles, magazine col ...more
Colin
Dec 09, 2009 Colin rated it liked it
Shelves: scholarly-works
I actually picked this up as an Advance Reader Copy at Borders a while back, and I finally got around to reading it. Not sure what to say, except that it is a much more interesting and cerebral book than one might think. I guess I was afraid the book would revel in being "dirty," but it really is well written. There was even a section relevant to me professionally - on the erotic imagery in Pompeiian art ands the surprising degree to which what we would consider pornographic imagery appears to h ...more
Aixe
Apr 19, 2009 Aixe rated it really liked it
If you took one part John McPhee and another part Steve Martin and mixed these parts together with a great dose of humor, self-deprecation, neuroses and interesting subject matter, you might just wind up with this engaging book by Geoff Nicholson. Sex Collectors is a quick read, a fun piece of non-fiction consisting of Nicholson's interviews and accounts of meetings with individuals in Europe and the US who loosely qualify as sex collectors.
JT Thompson
Apr 15, 2007 JT Thompson rated it liked it
Recommends it for: definitely people who don't want to much about freaky sex collectors
This book was nearly a philosophical tract about collecting and Geoff Nicholson's personal search to understand it. For a book that purports to be about other people, Nicholson's voice is all over it, packed into every remote nook and cranny. The collectors themselves are almost after thoughts. Not what I was expecting though it was interesting to read.
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Geoff Nicholson is a British novelist and non-fiction writer. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Essex.

The main themes and features of his books include leading characters with obsessions, characters with quirky views on life, interweaving storylines and hidden subcultures and societies. His books usually contain a lot of black humour. He has also written three works of non-ficti
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