Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Paperback 664: Sex Without Marriage / Jonathan Starr and Bonnie Golightly (Lancer 72-648)

Paperback 664: Lancer Books 72-648 (PBO, 1962)

Title: Sex Without Marriage
Authors: Jonathan Starr & Bonnie Golightly
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $20


Best things about this cover:
  • This design is cool in an abstract art kind of way. Still can't help but wish I could see more of Jon and Bonnie than just their hastily sketched heads, though.
  • I keep reading "the real estate of non-marital relationships," which would be cool—a picture book of cool '60s apartments where people could just go at it.
  • "Bonnie Golightly" is the most made-up of made-up names. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" came out ... in 1961.
  • If I were a single woman I would have a t-shirt made that read simply "Bachelor Girl." I might have one made anyway.
  • Bonnie Golightly is my kind of woman—"unusually frank"!


Best things about this back cover:
  • That first line is brought to you by Dr. Seuss.
  • A. Yes, B. No (a guy's gotta sleep)
  • "Candidly" shmandidly! I want more "frank"!
Page 123~
This female, this hard sister, usually persuades herself that she has some good sensible reason for her self-perversion: to get some capital to go into business for herself, to put baby brother, or her own baby,  through college, to save herself from Mama's miserable fate of poverty and a sadistic husband, etc. She prides herself on being brutally frank with herself, on being shrewd, on being strong enough to be hard.  Quick money and big money is worth the sacrifice.
Oh dear god yes ... "brutally frank" ... that's the stuff. Also, this whole book is written in this florid, nutty style. Opening to random pages yields unexpected delights. Here, let's see ... p. 63: "If you have been spending most of your time at the lady's flat then an occasional bottle of hooch would be in order. You've probably been consuming most of hers." I think I'm going to tweet this whole book over the course of the summer. It's absolutely loaded with Frank Dating Advice For Cool Moderns. Also, thinking of adding "Hard Sister" t-shirt to my custom t-shirt order.


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Onan said...

There's capital to be garnered from "self-perversion"? How? 'Cause I've missed out on a ton of money in my life time if this is true.

Brian Busby said...

Small correction: 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' came out in 1958 (the film was released in 1961). That said, the book does anticipate Ringo Starr.

Pat said...

Run on sentence, much?