Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.
Steven Wright
US comedian and actor (1955 – )

Yesterday, I brought Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s Venus In Furs from a local bookstore not far from my educational institution. I thought as usual that it would be in the literature section, knowing that Oxford or Penguin might’ve dared to publish it with new translations by different people. But alas, I was wrong. So I decided to ask a clerk at the information desk to find it. He said it was in the Erotica section. Wow, for such a generalized book store, I thought they would leave that job to Arcane if it were still alive and well. I was quite surprised that it was downstairs and in front of me from after the music section on the bottom-most shelf in a section labelled in the pristine white capitals of RECOVERY. Well, no one in the world is brave enough in my knowledge of owning a book store with an erotica section in it, even if they have had sex more than once and agreeing that it is like everything else, a normal and natural part of life. Being curious, I procured the book immediately without hesitation or embarrassment. I wore quite a straight face whereas my friends would say, “Eww!” “Oh my God! Literary porn!” In my opinion curiosity creates the essence that will bring bravery out when it comes matters considered taboo in society. After all, didn’t Madonna do a book on the subject, and let us not forget her music videos and then there’s Björk who is quite fond about a book called The Story of the Eye, which is about a French couple and their increasing perversion. I’ll just have to wait until people a lot more brave come out and grow spines from every pore and orifice beforehand.

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