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I'm in a bar next to the swanky hotel near Amsterdam Centraal, sipping Westmalle Dubbbel, waiting for A to join me after his conference, and reading Mating in Captivity - a book I have enjoyed immensely from the first word (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] captain_g, [livejournal.com profile] waylay).

In particular, this:

Aggression, objectification, and power all exist in the shadow of desire, components of passion that do not necessarily nurture intimacy. Desire operates along its own trajectory.

I have a lot to say on this topic, having lived the textbook case that the author is describing, the opposite thereof, and also a working combination of the two. But I'm only on page 31 of the book, so we'll see what else is coming up.

(Tonight in Amsterdam, what is coming up is a gorgeous dinner and cocktails!)

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I was on the 91 bus last night coming back from work, distractedly leafing through The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl. The man in the seat next to me kept glancing sideways in my direction. Being a seasoned Londoner I of course pretended not to notice.

Then he started ripping up his copy of Metro newspaper while staring at me almost openly. "Oh Christ," I thought, "Why do I always have to sit next to the weirdo?"

Luckily it was my stop so I pressed the button and regrouped myself, getting ready to leave. Just as I was lifting my arse off the seat, the man suddenly handed me the page he had just ripped off. "It's for you," he said. Feeling under attack, I grabbed it and quickly marched out. Then, as I was walking from the bus stop to my house, I was overwhelmed by curiosity and unfolded the crumpled piece of paper. It was an article called Belle de Jour Reveals Identity, dated 16th November, with a blurry picture of a pretty blonde lady apparently named Dr Brooke Magnanti.

I don't read newspapers these days, so that little bus episode is the only reason I know... Although afterwards I had a quick look on the web and discovered that even the BBC has an article on it.

Incidentally, just in case anyone was unaware of where the pseudonym came from... Saw this film many years ago when I was going through my Bunuel binge. It's one of his least surreal but also one of his best.

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