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December 3, 2017

Los Angeles, CA

Bellum
presents

Fetish Book Club


MONTHLY GROUP FOR READERS THAT LIKE A LITTLE KINK

This Month's Selection:
MAURICE
By E. M. Forster

Events: Bellum Monthly Fetish Book Club: Maurice

A tale of same-sex love in early 20th-century England. It was written in 1913–1914, and revised in 1932 and 1959–1960. Although it was shown to selected friends, such as Christopher Isherwood, it was only published in 1971 after Forster’s death.

Forster did not seek to publish it during his lifetime, believing itunpublishable during that period. Forster was close friends with the poet Edward Carpenter, and upon visiting his Derbyshire home in 1912, was motivated to write Maurice. The relationship between Carpenter and his partner, George Merrill, was the inspiration for that between Maurice and Alec Scudder.

Forster resisted publication because of public and legal attitudes to same-sex love – a note found on the manuscript read: “Publishable, but worth it?” Forster was particularly keen that his novel should have a happy ending, but knew that this would make the book too controversial. However, by the time he died, British attitudes, and law, had changed. The novel has been adapted once for film and once for the stage.

1PM • $10 COVER

The Fetish Book Club seeks to celebrate, share and increase understanding of literary works that explore fetish as an experience and facet of culture.

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Getting to TOM House

Our bus stop is Sunset/Echo Park. We are serviced by Metro lines 4/704 and 2/302. Also the 603 to Alvarado/Sunset.

Continue on Sunset Boulevard to Laveta Terrace, then up the short hill and up the Grand Stairs until Laveta Terrace levels out and another 1/2 block. TOM House is on your left. The House is only a 0.3 mile walk from the bus stop.

Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER
Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER

1421 Laveta Terrace is on a residential street so you may also want to consider using Uber or Lyft.


TOM House
(Foundation Headquarters)
1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(Echo Park) Map

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ABSTRACT ART
“The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don’t want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual.” — Tom of Finland