69. READ.LOOK.THINK. | Natalie Smith
I noticed a while ago that beautiful Natalie Smith is the only person I know whose blog has a Sex category. Why is this? Over Viennese chocolates on a warm Sunday evening, she kindly agreed to guest curate 69. READ.LOOK.THINK. on the theme of sex, seduction and love. May I recommend you explore it while listening to Natalie’s sex mix on Spotify?
READ: Sexually liberated and free to love (freely) at age 80. A beautiful article. | Finding out it’s all about love. It’s hard for me to separate love and sex – they’re intricately tied, so bear with me. | “Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.” ―Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus | On discovering Nin’s words and discovering sex could be mysterious and sensual, but it was to be a dance of equals. Writer Kathy Wilson draws parallels to the lyrics of Stevie Nicks in Nin’s work too. | And as Susan Sontag said, ‘Self respect is the key to good sex’. | Alexi is Boy Crazy, hilarious and a very good source of slightly wayward and always blunt sex advice, as is the rather more salacious Slutever.
LOOK: Irene, Erotic FanZine and S Magazine provide the only vaguely tasteful erotica I’ve ever found. | Beautiful lingerie for Lonely girls, and the campaign around it shows real women of all shapes and sizes and styles.
THINK: Isabella Rosselini’s Green Porno | “The pleasure we derive from sex is also bound up with our recognizing, and giving a distinctive seal of approval to, those ingredients of a good life whose presence we have detected in another person. The more closely we analyze what we consider ‘sexy,’ the more clearly we will understand that eroticism is the feeling of excitement we experience at finding another human being who shares our values and our sense of the meaning of existence.” Alain De Botton on how to think more about sex. | And his sex tips for Open Culture.