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Hard Core by Linda Williams
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Dec 11, 07

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bookshelves: sentimental-faves
Recommended for: dirty-minded intellectuals
Read in January, 1990

I remember reading this book back in grad school when it was the go-to giggle for bookworms who found it provocative to speak of Foucault and Lovelace in the same sentence. It's actually a worthwhile read for those looking for a "grammar" of pornography. Since the early 90s, "adult entertainment" has become an accepted medium of study, with some schools even offering courses in its analysis---most of them heaily indebted to this study. If anything, the cultural pleasures that "hardcore" supposedly appeals to have become mindnumbingly obvious since the Clintonian age, somewhat lessening the impact of this study. Still, I swear Paul Thomas Anderson read this as he was writing BOOGIE NIGHTS....
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