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... is scheduled as the guest speaker for the 203rd meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene in May 16, 2011.


     Ben Pleasants on "From Eroticism to Pornography."


Ben Pleasants's latest novel, Spearmint Leaves, may politely be described as an erotic novel. It's a novel that contains erotic scenes.

Others might instead call Spearmint Leaves pornographic, because it contains characters who work in the porn industry and engage in pornographic acts.

Ben will explain the difference between the two terms, and also how they may be synonymous.

We will also explore how pornography may be socially useful and a legitimate literary form, one which dates from antiquity.


     About Ben Pleasants:


Ben Pleasants is a noted playwright and novelist. His plays include The Gluttons, Winter in Mongolia, The Hemingway/Dos Passos Wars, Contentious Minds: The Mary McCarthy/Lillian Hellman Affair, and The Ghosts of Pumpkin Park. His upcoming novel is The Victory of Defeat.

Ben and his wife Paula reside in Westwood.

This will be Ben's fifth appearance as a speaker.