Bad writer! Naughty! You get a spank­ing.

Pasatiempo - - In Other Words - — Casey Sanchez

Porno­graphic, smutty, ob­scene, and filthy were words used in 1959 by the U.S. post­mas­ter gen­eral to jus­tify his ban on Lady Chat­ter­ley’s

Lover, D.H. Lawrence’s 1928 novel of the adul­ter­ous af­fair be­tween an airy, aris­to­cratic lady and an earthy, work­ing-class man. The book fared no bet­ter in Lawrence’s na­tive Bri­tain, where it was out­lawed un­til 1960.

A Taos res­i­dent dur­ing the early 1920s, Lawrence wrote a morally com­pelling book whose boudoir scenes are nonethe­less quite tame by to­day’s stan­dards. “And he had to come in to her at once, to en­ter the peace on earth of her soft, qui­es­cent body,” isn’t a sen­tence whose sex­ual frank­ness, or ca­sual blas­phemy for that mat­ter, would even reg­is­ter with most of to­day’s read­ers.

To com­mem­o­rate the 50th an­niver­sary of a Bri­tish court rul­ing that de­clared the book could be pub­lished, Gar­cia Street Books presents an ex­hibit of rare and erotic books called What Is Ob­scene? The show fea­tures a signed first edi­tion of Lawrence’s book, along with rare edi­tions of James Joyce’s Ulysses, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal 1922 Shake­speare & Com­pany print of the novel. For con­trast with our mod­ern-day mores, the book­store also fea­tures con­tem­po­rary racy pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing art pub­lisher Taschen’s The Big

Pe­nis Book and Sex, Madonna’s 1992 paean to her own sex­ual fan­tasies — which at the time in­cluded ev­ery­thing from eat­ing pizza slices nude in pub­lic to, well, Vanilla Ice. The ex­hi­bi­tion and sale opens at 9 a.m. Satur­day, July 10, and runs through Sept. 6 at Gar­cia Street Books, 376 Gar­cia St. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 986-0151.

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