Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

I wrote on Victorian solar eclipse expeditions, when I could have doing this….

Tony Perrottet found something pretty interesting:

A couple of years ago, while researching a treatise on salacious European history, I discovered the phantasmagoric wonderland of sex that was Georgian Britain, the era from 1714 to 1837. Long before the heyday of Austin Powers, debauchery proliferated up and down the rain-soaked land, fueled by riotous boozing and self-indulgence. “There was a gusto about 18th century vice unmatched before or since,” writes historian Fergus Linnane with tangible nostalgia, in London: The Wicked City. A flood of wealth from the budding empire allowed the leisured classes to fulfill their carnal fantasies without restraint. And perhaps the most striking feature of the age was the explosion of British sex clubs.

[To the tune of Nine Inch Nails, “The Greater Good,” from the album Year Zero (I give it 2 stars).]

1 Comment

  1. You have have been researching this, or doing this ?? Do you still have have that E.B.White book I gave you on writing clearly?

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