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‘Erotica Lit 101’

Daphne Merkin will be teaching “literary erotica” at Marymount Manhattan College next year. She will pass on to students the subtle art of distinguishing literary prose from tawdry porn by analyzing, for example, Harold Brodkey’s How Ora Perkins Had Her First Orgasm.

Among her qualifications, according to the New York Post? Merkin is a “self-described spanking enthusiast.” Well, that explains it. Such enthusiasms should ensure that students are introduced to the sublimities of literature.


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