Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paperback 475: Sex in the Shadows / Randy Salem (Beacon B799X)

Paperback 475: Beacon Books B799X (PBO, 1965)

Title: Sex in the Shadows
Author: Randy Salem
Cover artist: Al Rossi

Yours for: $50


Best thing about this cover:
  • "Fine, turn away, but you're never going to miss these painted-on capris, baby, I promise you!"
  • "'According to Jim!?' You're watching 'According to Jim!?' You disgust me. I'm going to Margo's."
  • Wait, is Ivy the older lesbian's name? Or do older lesbians prowl the way that ivy ... prowls ... up the walls of colleges and ballpark walls?
  • "Gee, my hair smells terrific."
  • I'm still trying to work out the symbolism of the orange throw pillow.


Best things about this back cover:
  • "... and certainly no hero ..." is a great line. "Don't worry—no man parts for as far as the eye can see!"
  • Searching! Scorching! It's not Frank! But it does have a character named Francine, which is something.
  • I know that when I think of lesbians, the first image that pops into my head is: brawls.

Page 123~

I was thinking of Martha and me and how we must look to that wise old moon—just two more grains of sand on a desolate stretch of beach, two flecks of nothingness.

"Two Flecks of Nothingness" should've been the title — "It's like Seuss meets Sartre meets coastal lesbians," says Michiko Kakutani


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downtown guy said...

My gramma had that same pillow, but in green.

Ms Avery said...

Ah well, HONEST is pretty close to being frank.

Brophy said...

This really reminds me of that great talk you gave on Long Island about a year ago.

Doug Brunell said...

I think I want to be a victim of this lesbian.

Anonymous said...

I think the subtitle on the front cover is saying that "Older Lesbians Like Ivy" -like, they eat it in their salads or something.