Keep up with the Joneses that the fastest and the most convenient medium of making new friends is using Messenger , IG, Twitter, Blued, and all that jazz. All you need is a smartphone in which you can download the apps since free or paid data connection is accessible to everyone. In light of these modern media of social communication, straitlaced , Victorian , or blue nosed you may sound , deny it or not, you must be aware of the grim reality that people who find sexual thoughts and habits natural in their lives can also now easily pour out their suppressed and restricted desires through these backdoor outlets. This way of meeting new people to find someone to be in relationship with appears to be the modern way of ‘ sexual’ courtship. Back in my university, text messaging and ‘telebabad’, a Filipino nomenclature for having a long conversation over the phone, were the quite common things to do.
Vox is a short erotic novel about the two opposite sexes knowing each other for the first time through the telephone, talking about their sexual experiences and fantasies. In fact, this was published in 1992, and there is no question why the setting of getting along with each other is through the phone since “telebabad” was for all the rage.
The novel is loaded with steamy sexual descriptions. Every page is sexually page-turning. The wind of your imagination would drift out somewhere in the erotic world. You might prudishly cringe at every bizarrely sexual anecdote the characters share with each other. I was like reading a sex magazine article and about to storm out of my room toward the relieving room. ( But I didn’t, of course! ) However, the ending is so tempting that I could throw it aside and abundantly squeeze out the seminal scenes that had still been lingering on in my mind. ( laughs) But I swear! I really brushed off that green stuff you might be playing now. That ending is not that as erogenous and pornographic as the other scenes I have internally devoured from the other pulp books, but that is quite simply beautifully written. I won’t forget that!
Warning: Young readers should never lay a finger on it. Otherwise, their ignorant and innocent mind would be polluted. That’s why I stashed it underneath the other books I consider worth reading to keep them out of genius children’s reach. (laughs) Well, do not get me wrong. I am not that prudish either; let the children explore the world themselves. Besides, it should have been expurgated, but I doubt because it would have been boiled to a thinner version as the inside-the-box mind of the religious people inculcated in superannuated and ultraconservative teachings beyond logical and scientific understanding.
As far as I have learned, Nicholson Baker’s works are more on erotica. I’m not sure of why he is so monomaniac about such genre. So, it has still been a question to me about the essence of this book. What is his real intention? Did he just want to write something the sexually preoccupied ( SPO ) would patronize, and he would earn a lot of money at the same time? In fact, I have been trying to trace some quotable lines which could be the brainchild of his hidden motive, but after all, it could be a read for entertainment value. Apparently, it is all about the bird and the bees. Nevertheless, what I realized was that the desire to express one’s sexual desire. I could say that sex is an art. It is not a tabooing matter.
Before reading it, I didn’t have the foggiest idea of what the title Vox means. When I googled the word, there are many meanings which boggled but aroused my curiosity. It means voices or vocal or a telephone device. It is also an American news and opinion website established in 2014, younger than the book because it was published in 1992. When I came to understand the concept of the story, the stress on the capital X turns out to indicate that it is an X-rated novel.
Despite the meaning of the title is vocals or voice, I am still in a state of bewilderment about its connection to the concept of the story. Nevertheless, if I interpret it in a sexual context, I can understand that in order for someone hyper-sexualized to be sexually excited, he/ she has to hear the voice of the person he /she talks to over the phone, especially if both of them are sexually reciprocal. Well, I don’t opine that both characters are technically sick. They are just literally flirts.
While putting it aside for a while, abstinently preoccupied with the sex scenes playing in me, I could not stand nor perch still on my chair because all I wanted to do is to turn to someone I wanted to share it with,someone I miss talking with about such a taboo topic. Hahaha I miss you Baifern! 🙂
Rating: 3/ 5 stars ( I liked it.)