After a few years blogging from Library Bazaar, I’m moving on to a new site and a new name. After struggling for months over where to take this blog, I thought it would be easier to start over with a clean slate and hopefully move things in a new direction.
Thank you to everyone who has visited, read, and commented on Library Bazaar and said kind things about it to me when I’ve met them in person. It was always fun to meet someone for the first time and have them point and say “Library Bazaar!” I think they did this because they didn’t know how to pronounce my name…
Yes, you read that post title correctly. The Paris Review has a long article by librarian Avi Steinberg on the history of library related porn. And before you click that link, due to some images and profanity, the article is obviously NSFW. Oh, and apparently the library sex fantasy has “entered an apocalyptic period”. Who knew?
“Porn books and librarians have always had a passionate, mutually defining relationship—it was, in fact, a prudish French librarian in the early nineteenth century who coined the word pornography. So it comes as no surprise that the sexy librarian, a fixture of the pornographic imagination, is most at home in books. Each year, new titles are added to the librarian-porn bookshelf. This past season’s crop included additions like Hot for Librarian by Anastasia Carrera; Lucy the Librarian—Dewey and His Decimal by John and Shauna Michaels; The Nympho Librarian and Other Stories by Chrissie Bentley and Jenny Swallows; A Librarian’s Desire by Ava Delaney, author of the Kinky Club series; and soft-core selections like Sweet Magick by Penny Watson. The conventions of the form—the dimly lit stacks, the librarian’s mask of thick glasses and hair tied into a bun, et cetera—are, of course, well known. Unlike video porn, where these conventions are typically used as a wholesale substitute for narrative, porn books still feel the compulsion to tell a story, to make the glasses and bun mean something. I was curious just what story these new books were telling. What does our most current version of the librarian fantasy say about us? To answer this question, I visited the library.”
If you would like to read some of this classic library literature, I suggest buying an ereader. Apparently it is all the rage…
Tin-lined, weather-proofed shelves have been built in the sides of the specially constructed truck body. The hinged panels open. One rises to provide shelter from sun and rain, while the other two drop to form a counter from which to serve customers. The shelves on each side hold 250 volumes and the racks in the rear take care of 500 books.
I plan to move into one of these when I retire or to travel the country looking for contract positions after I’m downsized, whichever comes first.