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New #2 at CIA former Erotica Night reader

posted at 10:00 am on June 13, 2013 by

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.

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She’ll fit in fine.

katy the mean old lady on June 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM

She is a perfect fit for the Obama administration…

d1carter on June 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Okay…so? I mean, I’m outraged as much as anyone that such an inexperienced, probably incompetent pick was made…but this is the kind of meaningless dirt I expect the Left to hold up.

MadisonConservative on June 13, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Sounds more like she belongs at the State Department.

trigon on June 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM

‘Sleeping Beauty’ is just perfect. I think most of our government officials have a little ‘light bondage’ in mind for the American People.

trigon on June 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

You cant make this stuff up. What’s next?

Imrahil on June 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Dear CIA World Factbook,

I always thought the wild and sexy stories in your pages were made up, but that was before I found myself at party at the Colombian embassy joint-sponsored by the GAO and the State Department…

JimLennon on June 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

I’m sure the CIA folks are thrilled…..another leadee without experience

cmsinaz on June 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Debbie does CIA

cmsinaz on June 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

But her bookstore was hardly defined by erotica (which was shelved between self-help and parenting)

Hmm. Interesting placement. When you go from “self-help” (IYKWIMAITYD) to erotica, you’ll eventually end up in parenting. ;-)

nukemhill on June 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Dear CIA World Factbook,

I always thought the wild and sexy stories in your pages were made up, but that was before I found myself at party at the Colombian embassy joint-sponsored by the GAO and the State Department…

JimLennon on June 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

FTW!

nukemhill on June 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

well, erotica is kinda self-help, so i guess that would make sense…

and she’s a physics program drop-out! great – we need more such academically qualified people in positions of responsibility!

sultanp on June 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Putting erotica between self-help and parenting? Priceless

Ed, you’re married and work. Do you do anything different than this? Welcome to reality.

What’s curious about this isn’t her placement of erotica, it’s that she went from bookstore owner to law student to legal intern and clerk to junior lawyer in Congress to junior lawyer at State and then the WH, to running the analysis section of the CIA.

What’s curious is she is an amateur of the first order. What’s curious is the parallel between the arc of her career to the President’s.

MTF on June 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Fifty Shades of Great!

hungrymongo on June 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Placing her as head of the CIA would be like electing a community organizer as President.

Wait…..what?

antipc on June 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM

JimLennon on June 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Thread winner!

GWB on June 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

You say tomato, I say tomahto,
You say erotica, I say pornography.
Tomato, tomahto, erotica, pornography …

What’s this thread about again?

Paul-Cincy on June 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

What’s curious is she is an amateur of the first order. What’s curious is the parallel between the arc of her career to the President’s.

MTF on June 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

She IS a top notch amateur. You have to give her that.

What could go wrong?

Paul-Cincy on June 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Sounds like she belongs in the State Department or Secret Services rather than the CIA.

The Rogue Tomato on June 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Does she have to go through confirmation hearings? This could be fun, if a GOP senator has a sense of humor (unlikely, but one can hope).

Wethal on June 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

She needs a spanking.

faraway on June 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

it’s all about sex, anyway. Read the Franklin Coverup.

williampeck1958 on June 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Dumbest non-story I’ve read on Hotair in ages. Come one.

deadrody on June 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Dumbest non-story I’ve read on Hotair in ages. Come one.

deadrody on June 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Agreed!

Clark1 on June 13, 2013 at 1:37 PM

JimLennon already won this thread, but…

I really don’t care that she used to host erotica nights at her book store.
I DO care that she has zero experience in law enforcement of any kind, the CIA, FBI, NSA, or military – and is therefore completely unqualified for the position.
OTOH – that’s pretty much SOP with this regime….

dentarthurdent on June 13, 2013 at 2:14 PM

She needs a spanking.

faraway on June 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

50 shades of faraway…. perhaps?….

Depends – What does she look like?

dentarthurdent on June 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

So, the top two positions at the CIA are going to be filled by non-CIA career personnel. I’m sure that everyone will give their absolute cooperation for this initiative.

Obama really is a dumb person.

Special Forces Grunt on June 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

If this were a Republican, the left would make sure that the MSM “crucified” them.

I guess the left gets away with it because they have never claimed to have any morals.

Carnac on June 13, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Back in the day when I had a security clearance, this would have been enough to eliminate the possibility of obtaining said clearance.

Carnac on June 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Maybe Miss Avril could steal secrets from male foreign spies by sleeping with them.

James Bond, meet the American Octopussy!

Steve Z on June 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

It is the new democrat platform….who needs God when they have each other….who needs God…He just gets in the way of that whole life thing and Israel thingy…They also had in the small print the rebuilding of sodom and gommorrah (minneapolis/st paul)…memo to the city of st paul, the Apostle wants his name back, he does not want to be involved with your gayness….

crosshugger on June 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

20 years ago, it seems, Haines was a clever and resourceful marketer/buinessperson.

Le sigh.

RushBaby on June 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM