Toward a Bankruptcy of Eros?
Anyone who offers to free humanity from its
exuberant sexual subjection, no matter what
nonsense he spouts, will be considered a hero.
SIGMUND FREUD, Letters to Flieβ
Young woman, 35, pretty, prof. success, seeks man
for good times, discussions, companionship. Must be
intelligent and impotent.
GABY HAUPTMANN, Cherche homme impuissant
pour relation de longue durée
I also love it when someone goes down on me when
I’m bleeding. It’s kind of a test of mettle for the guy.
When he’s finished licking and looks up with his
blood-smeared mouth, I kiss him so we both look
like wolves that who’ve just ripped open a deer.
CHARLOTTE ROCHE, Wetlands*
A few years ago, I ran into an old friend with whom I used to go out. A little maliciously, she said: “I hope you, too, are finished with sex? It was good for the 1980s. Today it’s
* Translator’s note: I quote the English translation by Tim Mohr, New York: Grove, 2010 (reprint), p. 110.