Sex and other sacred games: love, desire, power, and possession

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Fawcett Columbine, May 1, 1990 - Fiction - 271 pages
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Written in the form of a dialogue between two women, one heterosexual and one gay, this book explores all the ways of loving: promiscuous and platonic, lesbian and straight--and what they mean in contemporary society. Their conversation changes each other's perspective forever, and just may do the same for the reader.

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Is heterosexual intercourse a way of reclaiming a universal and innate female power or a colonization of women by men? In Chernin and Stendal's fictitious narrative, a European lesbian feminist poet ... Read full review



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Kim Chernin is a guest instructor at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, where she teaches a course in psychoanalytic models with Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer. She is the author of two books about eros and memory, "Crossing the Border"  a trilogy of books on hunger, "The Obsession, The Hungry Self, " " " " " "  and a spiritual memoir, "In My Father's Garden."  She has studed music on her own since the age of seven, when she first began to play the piano.

Renate Stendhal, born and raised in Germany, is a writer, editor, and translator. She lived in Paris for twenty years as a cultural correspondent for German radio and press. She has translated into German the works of Gertrude Stein, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and others, and she is the co-author (with Kim Chernin) of "Sex and Other Sacred Games". She is a consultant in creativity and writing in Berkeley, California.

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