- Title Pages
- A Prologue
- Chapter 1 A Usable Past
- Chapter 2 The Magic of Words
- Chapter 3 Whatever World There Would Be
- Chapter 4 The Stale Bread of Dedication
- Chapter 5 A Weekend in July
- Chapter 6 A Kind of Beatness
- Chapter 7 Neal & Co.
- Chapter 8 This Particular Kind of Madness
- Chapter 9 Angelic Visions
- Chapter 10 In the Temple of the Gods
- Chapter 11 A Torrent of Words
- Chapter 12 The Liveitup Kid
- Chapter 13 Perfect Fools
- Chapter 14 The Rising Tide of Fame
- Chapter 15 What Am I Doing Here?
- Chapter 16 The Horn
- Chapter 17 Too-Late Words
- Chapter 18 A Sweet Attention
- Chapter 19 To the Edge of Eros
- Chapter 20 Gypsying
- Chapter 21 A Turn of the Circle
- Chapter 22 Gone in October
- Chapter 23 On a Porch in Boulder
- Chapter 24 Final Chorus
To the Edge of Eros
To the Edge of Eros
- (p.319) Chapter 19 To the Edge of Eros
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In the early 1960s John Clellon Holmes began to describe in his journals his sexual experiences in graphic detail. He wanted to become “whole again” by shedding the sexual inhibitions he believed were the cause of all human violence in the world. In an essay titled “Revolution Below the Belt,” which received Playboy’s Best Non-Fiction award in 1964, Holmes expressed his strong dissatisfaction with conventional attitudes toward sex and his desire for a “New Consciousness.” His journals reflected his desperate sense of loneliness and his obsessive physical desire, what he termed his “despair-become-lust.” Consistent with this obsession, Holmes found himself fantasizing a sexual experience, a ménage a trois, with both his wife Shirley and their neighbor, who previously had a brief affair with Alan Harrington. Yet he refused to acknowledge that his adventuring to the edge of eros had ruined his relationship with Shirley. Holmes also thought of writing a novel with an erotic theme, but was unable to finish the project.
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