Sam Kinchin-Smith explores the importance of music to E. James' erotic blockbuster trilogy. Why is so much of the 50 Shades books' blatantly misogynist and materialist project played out to, and through, music? And what does this say about the place and status of music, both popular and "classical", in contemporary culture? Most editions of Anais Nin's Delta of Venus preface themselves with an extract from the third volume of her diaries, to account for its uncharacteristically inelegant tone and, more alarming, its neglect of the "feminine self" in amongst all the fucking.
Danny Elfman loves a new challenge. Credit: Universal Pictures. Though trying to describe what genre a BDSM-centric romance falls under, exactly, remains elusive. The filmmakers, the studio, everybody was on the same page. I really enjoyed it.
If your least-interesting friend has seemed extra distracted this week, there's a reason: this Friday, the film version of the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters, and America is about to get mild-bondage fever. I'm into it. While I can't see the movie for another couple of days, I can stock my refrigerator with Yellow Tail pinot grigio and listen to the just-released soundtrack over and over. So let's! Join me as I go through Fifty Shades of Grey: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack , song by sexy song, and let us speculate on what is happening to our tepidly tawdry hero and heroine.