New #2 at CIA former Erotica Night reader
posted at 10:00 am on June 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
The Daily Beast brings us this tidbit about Avril Haines, Barack Obama’s pick to replace Mike Morrell as Deputy Director of the CIA. Haines, who has never worked at the CIA, worked for years in the White House counsel’s office providing legal support for the agency’s covert actions, which Obama will argue provides enough experience for her new position. But Ben Jacobs and Avi Zenilman look a little farther back on the resume to find this:
But 20 years ago, Haines opened and co-owned Adrian’s Book Café in the Baltimore waterfront neighborhood of Fells Point. She opened Adrian’s after dropping out of a graduate program in physics at Johns Hopkins University. The store featured regular “Erotica Nights.” including dinner and a series of readings by guests of published work or their own prose, according to a 1995 report in the Baltimore Sun; couples could attend for $30, while singles paid $17.
“Erotica has become more prevalent because people are trying to have sex without having sex. Others are trying to find new fantasies to make their monogamous relationships more satisfying,” Haines, then in her twenties, told the Sun. “What the erotic offers is spontaneity, twists and turns. And it affects everyone.” (She also told Baltimore Sun reporter Mary Corey that friends heckled “you just want a mass orgy in your bookstore, while she and her co-owner were initially worried only “dirty old men” would show up.)
The event Corey attended at the bookstore featured a room lit with red candles where guests held chicken tostadas, waiting to eat as Haines read aloud the opening pages of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, by Anne Rice writing under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaire …
I don’t think this is a disqualification, but it’s certainly a … curiosity. On the other hand, this is almost perfect:
But her bookstore was hardly defined by erotica (which was shelved between self-help and parenting), stocking titles from a variety of smaller publishing houses and local authors, and offering a café.
Putting erotica between self-help and parenting? Priceless.