Topical Guide 428
Sexual Fantasies: Déjeuner sur l’Herbe
Reservations Recommended, Chapter 1:
HE HAS A DREAM in which he and Belinda are picnicking in a pretty spot, in a woods somewhere, their blanket spread out in a mossy glade, a brook flowing nearby, just the sort of idyllic spot one always hopes to find for a picnic. … Then, all at once, but without any sense of suddenness, in that unannounced, unheralded way that people arrive in dreams, no snapping twigs, no rustling branches, another woman is with them, and she sits down on their blanket as if they had invited her. …
It’s quite a while before he realizes that she looks like, that she is, Liz.
Then the little glade is charged with sexuality. Liz stretches and settles onto the blanket. Rapid dream time takes over, and in almost no time at all Liz is completely undressed. There she is, all of a sudden, naked, luxuriating in the soft air, the sun, on the blanket cushioned by the moss.
Anatole Broyard, Kafka Was the Rage:
I remember [Meyer] Schapiro telling us that before Cézanne, there had always been a place in landscape painting where the viewer could walk into the picture. There was an entrance; you could go there, like walking into a park. But this was not true of Cézanne’s landscapes, which were cut off absolutely, abstracted from their context. You could not walk into them—you could enter them only through art, by leaping.
Sexual Fantasies, Male, Heterosexual, Adolescent and Beyond; Miss Clam Fest TG 53
Sexual Fantasies: Nymphs; Myths: Hylas; Dark-Haired Girl, the TG 59
[to be continued on Monday, February 13, 2023]
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