By Mel Gordon
“Voluptuous Panic is at the same time appalling and exciting, repellent and seductive, ugly and gorgeous—not a standard espresso desk booklet. it'll cross greater with absinthe inebriated from a human skull.”—Gary Meyer, Clean Sheets
When Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic global of Weimar Berlin first seemed within the fall of 2000, it encouraged large acclaim and a number of printings. looking forward to the elevated version, Feral condominium put Voluptuous Panic out of print, and for the earlier yr purchasers paid up to $460 to on-line buyers for a used copy.
This sourcebook of 1000s of infrequent visible delights from pre-Nazi, Cabaret-period “Babylon at the Spree” has the excellence of being praised either through students and avatars of up to date tradition, inspiring hip clubgoers, filmmakers, homosexual historians, image designers, and musicians just like the Dresden Dolls and Marilyn Manson.
Voluptuous Panic’s extended variation comprises the hot illustrated bankruptcy, “Sex Magic and the Occult,” documenting German pagan cults and their strange erotic rituals, together with directions for stepping into the “Sexual Fourth Dimension.” The deluxe hardcover version additionally comprises sensational debts of hypno-erotic cabaret acts, Berlin Fetish prostitution (“The Boot woman Visit”), homosexual lifestyles (“A Wild-Boy Initiation!”), descriptions and illustrations of Aleister Crowley’s Berlin OTO mystery Society, and intercourse crime (“the Curious occupation and premature dying of Fritz Ulbrich”).
Mel Gordon is professor of Theater at college of California, Berkeley, and likewise the writer of Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler’s Jewish Clairvoyant (Feral House), and The Grand Guignol: Theatre of worry and Terror (DaCapo).
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Green boots and gold shoelaces meant an evening of enslavement with a scatological conclusion; red-on-maroon denoted flagellation and discipline; and so forth). Naturally only devoted aficionados could decipher such specific messages with confidence. Other potential clients had to buy special primers, where Berlin’s complex street semiotics were thoughtfully decoded for the uninitiated. Topology of the Sex Trade Above: Casparius, A Grasshopper Opposite: G. Hahn, The Flowergirl 34 The problem, unfortunately, became acute in the Altogether, there were eleven or twelve major sex Weimar period when prostitute fashion was widely zones in Berlin during the Twenties, none of them “offi- imitated by Berlin’s more virtuous females.
Like Berlin’s war-wounded, the Gravel- blocks from Gravelstone territory. Conscious of their stones had their own hideous allure. Outcast prosti- temporal appeal, the Münzis charged triple rates for tutes with grim deformities—acid-scarred faces, sessions and organized themselves on the “Münz” hunchbacks, crippled or missing limbs, disfiguring skin (“Coin”) according to their stage of pregnancy. Like the conditions—they created their own informal society on Boot-Whores, the Münzis became a much in-demand Oranienburgstrasse in Berlin North.
But the universally reviled campaign was doomed from the start. A delirium for social dance (Tanztaumel) had swept the city and much of Germany since the cessation of fighting. Klaus Mann, the son of the Nobel Prize laureate, imported American music and the new women’s fash- recalled the choreographic outbreak as “a mania, a ion that emphasized silk stockings and revealing skirts. ” Secret dance parlors, hidden in the What was once the shocking mode of film stars and Friedrichstadt and in Berlin North, became the craze.
Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin (Expanded Edition) by Mel Gordon