Taking a week off my Bachelor's dissertation to plan my MA thesis
I’m doing the Marquis de Sade’s work. 120 Days of Sodom and Philosophy in the Bedroom. Partly I’m doing this because I think I might be able to get a really great angle from the liberation aspect of the works.
However, I’m partly doing it so I can sit opposite dear Rudders (some of my followers will know him) and tell him, with a completely straight face, that I want to spend twelve months studying, researching and talking about sodomy, vice, deflowering, sadism and homosexuality.
The very masterpiece of philosophy would be to develop the means Providence employs to arrive at the ends she designs for man, and from this construction to deduce some rules of conduct acquainting this wretched two-footed individual with the manner wherein he must proceed along life’s thorny way, forewarned of the strange caprices of that fatality they denominate by twenty different titles, and all unavailingly, for it has not yet been scanned nor defined.
Many of the extravagances you are about to see illustrated will doubtless displease you, yes, I am well aware of it, but there are amongst them a few which will warm you to the point of costing you some fuck, and that, reader, is all we ask of you;
Expert from the Introduction in The 120 Days of Sodom. I am thorough enjoying this novel already; it makes me laugh. And to think that it was written in 1785… (of course it had to be translated into English, but…)