Racy reading

Racy reading (City Lights video / October 3, 2012)

Filmmaker John Waters brought his bad-boy twinkle to a reading from "Lady Chatterley's Lover," a performance to mark Banned Books Week in San Francisco.

City Lights Bookstore convinced Waters to record his most dramatic of takes on one of the racier passages from D.H. Lawrence's novel, which was first published in 1928 and considered scandalous in some circles well into the modern era. Heck, some people probably still want to ban it.

Waters, sitting sedately at a desk, reads from a part of the book that helped make the title the "Fifty Shades of Grey" of its day. The heroine melts into the arms of a lover, a vividly detailed interlude complete with silky, sloping loins, quivering, thrusting and yes, the word "penis."

The reading lasts about three minutes. It ends with Waters turning to the camera with a sly little smile.

The SFist blog called the reading "delightful" and "a little hot."

"We'd say it is probably safe for work because people tend to just sit at their desks thinking about sex all day anyway, so what's the difference?" SFist writes, adding, "Headphones would probably be prudent though."

Headphones for sure. Hear the reading for yourself at the City Lights blog.

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