The Public Interest

Erotic adventures of the mind

Diana Schaub

Winter 1994

IN THE FINAL LINES of Love and Friendship,† Allan Bloom tells the story of a lecture at which students unveiled a banner declaring “Great Sex is better than Great Books.” Bloom’s response: “Sure, but you can’t have one without the other.” To be humanly satisfying, the intercourse of bodies depends on the activity of the mind or soul or imagination.

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