Dead white females

By SHARON STEEL  |  August 8, 2007

Dead White Female Author: Anaïs Nin
BEST-KNOWN WORK
The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Volume One 1931–1934 (“Passion gives us moments of wholeness.”)
POP-CULTURE LEGACY Nerve.com; One Night in Paris; late-night Cinemax; Internet TMI outlets, such as Facebook.com

Anaïs Nin wrote good smut long before X-Tina, Dita Von Teese, and NSFW It-Girl crotch shots were in demand. Think local scribe Steve Almond can get things hot in herre? You obviously haven’t peeked at Nin’s personal journals. The French-born author got around: she boffed writers Henry Miller and Gore Vidal and wrote about it, explored a number of sexual relationships with other women and wrote about it, and was rumored to have had an incestuous relationship with her own father (she wrote about that, too). Even Nerve.com might be inclined to censor Nin’s profile, if she was around to set one up. And you know she so would, because where would we be if not for her fearless explorations of erotica? When Nin set out to study sex, she made sure she learned her lesson. These days, she’d probably be a paid subscriber to Comcast’s porno package and BFF with Dr. Ruth. But Nin grew famous for her naughty ways for good reason — acting slutty can make for fantastic publicity. Just ask Lindsay Lohan.

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