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What was that novel that mentions grissini as a sexual metaphor?
March 3, 2014 7:31 PM   Subscribe

I read a novel that has lots of sexual scenarios, one of which involves a "frigid" woman who is repeatedly offered grissini (breadsticks) by a waiter as a subliminally sexual seduction. There was another ongoing scene in which a woman was a research subject for testing orgasm response. Why? Because I can't remember and like the pirate with the steering wheel belt buckle, it's driving me nuts. Thanks!
posted by haineux to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Those sound really vaguely like scenes in 1982 Janine by Alasdair Gray, in which case they're some of the narrator's elaborate pornographic fantasies as he tries to stave off a suicide attempt, but my memory of that book is hazy enough that I can't offer it with confidence.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:33 PM on March 3


Sounds like things Nicholson Baker would write.
posted by mistsandrain at 3:29 PM on March 4


Aha! Literally popped into my head — "The Vertical Smile" by Richard Condon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vertical_Smile
posted by haineux at 1:45 PM on March 6


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