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Read me your erotica

Sex. Just the word, one word, can physically alter a state. Eyes squint, tongues moisten, lips swell, and skin trembles.

And that’s just one word to describe the act that’s on our minds several times a day (or all day). Imagine what pages of words can do. Pages and pages. All describing, outlining, drawing, and mapping desire, lust, and love.

Books like 50 Shades of Grey may have brought erotica into the modern mainstream but the genre has been turning people on since the reign of the Greek gods. Sappho, a poet in the 500s BC, wrote lyrical lines of lesbianism and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland, published in 1748, was the first pornography written as a novel.

Here’s some more erotic books all libidinous souls should have under their belts:

1. Delta of Venus by Anais Nin

“When she closed her eyes she felt he had many hands, which touched her everywhere, and many mouths, which passed so swiftly over her, and with a wolflike sharpness, his teeth sank into her fleshiest parts. Naked now, he lay his full length over her. She enjoyed his weight on her, enjoyed being crushed under his body. She wanted him soldered to her, from mouth to feet. Shivers passed through her body.”

2. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure (aka Anne Rice – yes, that one)

“Just the two of us in my bedchamber, where I should envelop her naked soul in rituals and ordeals beyond our past experiences, our dreams. No one to save her from me. No one to save me from her.”

3. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

“Sex and a cocktail: they both lasted about as long, had the same effect, and amounted to the same thing.”

4. Belle de Jour: Diary of a London Call Girl by Brooke Magnanti

“Why fantasize about what you already experience? I go to the written word for places and faces that I don’t get at home. Hot people in hot climates. Sex acts I can hardly imagine. Porn is about the unachievable … and, therefore, the inherently desirable.”

5. Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane DiPrima

“There are as many kinds of kisses as there are people on the earth, as there are permutations and combinations of those people.”

Forget your discrete eReaders, we dare you to read these in paperback form. And even better, find someone to read them to.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Spellbound by sentence

She is one of Canada’s most treasured gems. Literary empress, Margaret Atwood has been wooing the world with words since The Handmaid’s Tale was awarded several times over and recognized globally as a notable science fiction novel in 1985.

Her storytelling is daring. It provokes lumps to form in throats and tongues to lick lips. She caresses words, cajoling them into bold statements and poetic sentences.

Here are a few quotes that seem to make time stop in its tracks…

“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.”

“Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window clouded with dew. Romance means leaving things out: where life grunts and shuffles, romance only sighs.”

“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”

“The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one.”

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

“You can think clearly only with your clothes on.”

Atwood’s latest book, MaddAddam, was released this year.

~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Legend of film: Sofia Coppola

Responsible for the fanciful scenes in Marie Antoinette, the trauma of The Virgin Suicides, Hollywood hotel living in Somewhere, and the connection of strangers in Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola has wooed us with her cinematic eye for years.

This month, she continues the affair with The Bling Ring – a tale of celebrity obsession, the extravagances of youth, and a true-life burglary gang. The real criminals stole over $3,000,000 of cash and belongings in 2008 and 2009 from the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox.

In case you need more reasons to love Sofia, here are a few…

1. At the tender age of fifteen, she interned with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. And went on in later years to be Marc Jacobs’ muse.

Letting everyone down would be my greatest unhappiness. ~ Marie Antoinette

2. Continuing a love of fashion, she launched a clothing line, Milkfed, with friend Stephanie Hayman, and in cooperation with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. Stop searching… it’s only available in Japan.

The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you. ~ Lost in Translation

3. She directed Natalie Portman in a Miss Dior Cherié commercial – a short story depicting a young girl’s dreamy life.

We knew the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love, and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them. ~ The Virgin Suicides

4. She appeared in Madonna’s indulgent Deeper and Deeper video as one of the Material Girl’s friends.

For everyone, there are those moments when you have great days with someone you wouldn’t expect to. Then you have to go back to your real lives, but it makes an impression on you. ~ Sofia Coppola

5. Filmmaking is in her blood and her family tree reads like a list of Oscar nominees… Father: Francis Ford Coppola. Brother: Roman Coppola. Cousins: Nicholas Cage and Jason Schwartzman. She’s also the granddaughter of Oscar-winning composer, Carmine Coppola. One can only imagine how her young daughters will express their creativity.

Everyone in my family is in the film business; I knew I wanted to be creative and it was important in my family to be artistic. ~ Sofia Coppola

6. Making a mark as a woman in a Hollywood man’s world, she was the third female ever to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, and won Best Original Screenplay for Lost in Translation. Not to mention, her films have appeared at Cannes, Sundance, and Venice Film Festivals.

That’s the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see. ~ Sofia Coppola

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider


Andy Warhol created fame. He manifested celebrity. He defined the term icon. And he gave pop art an eternal life. With leaping colours and swirling pop culture themes splattered on his striking images, and a blazing social life that would make any other human being collapse, it’s no wonder we love him here at OPUS.

Let us count the ways…

1. Long before OutKast told us to shake them, Warhol made Polaroid cool and covetable with a series of celebrity candids

 “I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumours to my dogs.”

2. He was the original Facebook. He documented his life and the people around him with more hunger and vitality than most of us do on social media today.

“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.”

3. Everyday household objects became works of art when looked at through his eyes. He brought Campbell’s soup cans and Coca Cola bottles to life, while simultaneously boosting the brands’ sales. He taught us to appreciate the “ordinary”.  

“I like boring things.”

4. First rule of icon: Be yourself. Warhol was always open about his sexuality, desires, and personal life by expressing each facet through his art. Then again, he was also the master of warping perceptions. What was actually real and what was fantasy?

“I don’t know where the artificial stops and the real starts.”

5. He didn’t care about the critics. Warhol never stopped creating art.  

“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.”

~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider