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Linda Jaivin gets a spanking as she interviews the manager of an S&M club. She steps into a kickboxing ring, and wears a penis for a week to find out how it feels to be a man.
‘When I’m writing non-fiction,’ she says, ‘I tend to get into character.’
In this hilarious and outrageous book, Jaivin describes the effects of PMT and tells the terrifying story of her friend the axe murderer. She reveals why she loves younger men and why sex makes her laugh. She takes us backstage at a Beijing rock concert, explores the secretive world of Chinese gays and lesbians, and gives an astonishing account of what happened the night the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square.
In Confessions of an S & M Virgin Jaivin will tie you to your chair and make you laugh and cry and laugh again.
‘In the tradition of great gonzo journalists, Jaivin gets inside her subject. The result is an hilarious snapshot of one of life’s more intriguing sexual byways. There is a lot of fun here! However, part two is the most powerful gathering of work in the collection, and shows a writer of quiet skill and humanity tackling the big issues.’
‘The essays about Chinese rock music, gay culture and the arts scene are sexy, surprising and unique. It’s in the tragic China stories, of the friend who murdered his wife, of the rock singer who became an activist, and of student life on Tiananmen Square, that Jaivin’s writing shines and burns.’
‘Jaivin approaches communist China and penises with the same determined irreverence…the writing is excellent, her mix of humorous observation and hard facts perfect.’