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<author of Black Feathers: Erotic Dreams (HarperCollins, 1998) and Stars Inside Her: Lesbian Erotic Fantasies (Circlet, 1999)>
In some ways, this is a painful question for a writer to answer because it points up how inadequate any piece of writing can be. We always want our books to say something important about everything, but a book can only say some things about some things, and we--foolishly--tend to criticize them for what was left out. Maybe what a book lacks can teach us something as well.
As for my picks, first, Macho Sluts (Alyson Publications, 1989), by Pat Califia. This book not only opened my eyes to an entire dimension of sexual possibility I had theretofore only fantasized about, it also changed the way I thought about fiction and erotica. It has a kind of frankness and a look-you-in-the-eye truth-telling about erotic motivations that I had never before read and which I rarely see equaled.
Second, IÕd take Infinite Jest (Little Brown, 1997), by David Foster Wallace. This book brims with white male literary mojo, a bravura performance of modern writing craft. But it succeeds by breaking all the rules. While Wallace may seem to lack a feminist consciousness, his writing is as subversive as it gets.
For my third book, I have to go with The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, which was, for me, ultimately about how mythic stories can overtake common lives. We need our myths, our archetypes, our ancient unexplained mysteries, but we need to know where they fit in our lives and where they do not, where old patterns hold the fabric of society together, and where they hold us down. And we need to know that fantasy can set us free.

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