When choosing a subject for my high school English dissertation, it was with glee that I paired Anaïs Nin’s Delta of Venus with D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love, intent on shocking by writing on literary eroticism. I’d been put onto Women in Love by a gay friend a couple of years older. On a day we played hooky from school, he showed me the well-used VHS film adaptation, kept hidden from his father, and one thing led to another—as subversive This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 34 Archive: Jackie Collins Sex “sold” for Jackie Collins, but it was the emotional honesty of her writing that kept readers hooked for almost half a century. Arts & Culture Issue 29 Peer Review: Barbara Pym Daniel Mallory Ortberg, author of The Merry Spinster, praises the caustic wit of mid-century novelist Barbara Pym. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Siri Hustvedt The novelist discusses memory, our need for community and why art matters. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Alice Sheppard On dance as a channel to commune with the body—even when it hurts. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Dr. Woo Meet the tattoo artist who's inked LA. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Walt Odets The author and clinical psychologist on why self-acceptance is the key to a gay man's well-being.