Swinging Sixties


Sexy isn’t exactly the first word to come to mind when thinking about the Victorian era, but tonight’s event at Greenlight Bookstore will have you seeing the buttoned-up epoch in a whole new light. Deborah Lutz, an assistant professor at Long Island University whose previous book, The Dangerous Lover: Gothic Villains, Byronism, and the Nineteenth-Century Seduction Narrative, tackled the concept of the brooding romantic hero, will be discussing her new book, Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism, which details the sexual counterculture that existed in 1860s London with explorer Richard Burton’s Cannibal Club and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Aesthetes. Her partner in conversation is New York sex writer Susan Crain Bakos, author of The Sex Bible; expect the discussion to dip heavily into the saucy and the strange.