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THE FIVE ARTIEST BORDELLOS IN FRANCE

January 5, 2012

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I just posted a fun blog on the Huffington Post from my recent trip to Paris, about the five brothels most revered for their artistic decor.  I revisited a marvelous gallery of historical erotica I discovered while researching The Sinner’s Grand Tour.  You can read about it here… Some of the photos were a bit […]

The Pope’s Pornographic Bathroom

December 14, 2011

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My Slate series on the Vatican climaxed, as it were, with a piece about my adventures getting in to the so-called Stufetta del Bibbiena, the bathroom decorated with erotic art by Raphael in 1516 – causing a good deal of outrage amongst some of the more reverent Catholic readers, even though the Vatican itself has […]

THE VATICAN AND (HISTORICAL) SEX

December 7, 2011

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I’ve just done a series on “penetrating the Vatican” for Slate, which is running this week (one episode a day) — about the secrets of the Vatican Library (Day One), the private tours of the Sistine Chapel (Day Two) and oddities like the Vatican supermarket (Day Three)… Coming up are the Secret Archives and the pope’s […]

WHAT IS IT ABOUT NUNS AND SEX?

November 27, 2011

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I went to Venice to research both Napoleon’s Privates and The Sinner’s Grant Tour, and found that he subject of randy  nuns came up constantly.  It seems that the fantasy of the sex-filled Venetian convent, which crops up in novels, dialogues, Casanova’s memoir and modern porn films, dates back for centuries… and, even better, has […]

WHAT WAS J. EDGAR HOOVER’S FAVORITE PARTY DRESS?

November 17, 2011

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The new Clint Eastwood/Leonardo DiCaprio biopic, J. Edgar, includes a nod towards the rumors that the FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover was a secret cross-dresser, when the young, distraught J. Edgar puts on a dress after his mother’s death. The historical accuracy of the colorful — and enduring — story is something I looked into […]

THE HOLY GUIDE TO COITAL POSITIONS

October 24, 2011

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While I was researching Napoleon’s Privates: 2500 Years of History Unzipped and The Sinner’s Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe, the lore of medieval sex kept cropping up… and often in surprising ways. Somehow the human race survived the Middle Ages, no mean feat when you consider how much literature was […]

GOOD, OLD-FASHIONED PORN

September 26, 2011

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When the ancient Roman town of Pompeii in southern Italy was first excavated in the 18th century, scholars were shocked by the sheer volume of erotic imagery they uncovered – putting the site squarely on the tourist trail for generations of connoisseurs of pornography to come (as I discuss in The Sinner’s Grand Tour). Today, […]