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Pull off my head

Patricia Lockwood: What a Bear Wants, 12 August 2021

by Marian Engel.
Daunt, 176 pp., £9.99, April 2021, 978 1 911547 94 5
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... The​ old cover was better. I am talking about the notorious mass market paperback of Marian Engel’s 1976 masterpiece, where the body of a softcore librarian is completely laid open to us, surrounded by flowing silk. Her tits are perfect, like two drawers of a card catalogue. The bear of the title looms over her shoulders, a Muppet designed to be sexual, smiling inside the dark cavern of his face and presumably doing her from behind ...

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