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The Pageist - BDSM & Sex-Positive Book Reviews

The Pageist is a podcast about books on BDSM and other forms of non-traditional sexual expression and relationships. Books reviewed include fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels; range from classics to contemporary works and feature topics like ethical non-monogamy, sex work, gender issues, kink and the science of sex. Authors, sex educators and experienced kinksters make occasional appearances, as well.
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Apr 19, 2018

Episode the eightieth; wherein the Pageist talks social media, depression and labels. The book reviewed is The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica edited by Rose Caraway.

.44 Intro and Announcements:

  • Patrons are keeping the show going so a big thank you to them.
  • Hello to Karen, Lara, Brad and Christopher over on Facebook. Also, goodbye to them, as I’m no longer on Facebook due to it’s creepy, non-consensual data practices.
  • Due to inactivity and in an effort to streamline my life, the Fetlife group for the site will be shutdown in the next week or so. If you’d like to be notified of episodes or posts, just subscribe to the website, using an rss feed reader or the subscription area in the sidebar (available on the desktop version of http://thepageist.com/). I neither sell nor share email addresses, so your information is safe with me.

3.55 My Submissive Life:

  • One of my half-brothers died a few days ago, but it’s really not a big deal–we weren’t close and never even lived in the same house.
  • I’m waiting for an appointment to get an official diagnosis of autism.

7.55 Book Review:

  • This episode’s book is The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica edited by Rose Caraway and kindly provided by Cleis Press.
  • This is twenty-two stories written in a variety of literary genres about primarily heterosexual people doing a vast array of kinks (though no edge play, really). The quality of the writing varied as wildly as the genres and kinks on offer, though, there were so many stories to choose from, even skipping a few (if you’re a pedant like I am) I still felt like I got my time’s worth.
  • Genres include, but are not limited to: science fiction, literary fiction, romance, and fantasy. I couldn’t even begin to list all of the kinks covered, for they are multiform.

16.52 Closing Remarks:

  • Thank you for tuning in!
  • In the next episode I’ll be reviewing Asarotica, erotica by porn stars, edited by Asa Akira.
  • Support the show through PayPal!
  • Support the show and site on Patreon and get bonus content each month!
  • You can also subscribe to the website through the email form in the sidebar.
  • Subscribe to the iTunes feed here. You can also rate the show in iTunes, which would be much appreciated!
  • The libsyn feed is here and can be used in your favourite podcast feed reader.
  • All episodes can be streamed or downloaded from an embedded player on this page.
Mar 26, 2018

Episode the seventy-ninth; wherein the Pageist talks reviewing sex toys with veteran wanker Epiphora of HeyEpiphora.com.

.43 Intro and Announcements:

  • Until the 31st of this month (March 2018) get 25% off when you use the code pageist at checkout on Circlet.com.
  • This episode was scheduled in advance for health reasons. So, no other announcements.

1.40 Interview:

1.02.05 Closing Remarks:

 

 

 

Mar 19, 2018

Episode the seventy-eighth, wherein the Pageist talks with author and poly person, Page Turner.

0.44 Intro and Announcements:

  • It’s the first episode of this month–thank you to all of my patrons. I appreciate your support! It’s vital to continuing doing what I do.
  • Big, squashy hugs to AliceinBondageLand for basically sponsoring this episode.
  • There’s still a couple week’s left to get 25% off using the code pageist at checkout over at Circlet.com ‘Erotica for geeks’. That code is good until the end of March.
  • Someone in Nicaragua listened to the show.
  • One survey response. If you’d like to take the survey (it’s anonymous and gives me useful info) you may do so here.

2.41 Interview:

  • Page Turner is an author and blogger who writes about the trials and triumphs of being ethically non-monogamous. We had a great time and got on splendidly.
  • I reviewed her first book, Poly Land: My Brutally Honest Adventures in Polyamory in episode 68. The text of the book review is here.
  • Page wrote: Poly Land
  • And A Geek’s Guide to Unicorn Ranching
  • Jealousy Survival Guide by Kitty Chambliss
  • Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
  • Her website is Poly.Land
  • Facebook: PolydotLand
  • Twitter: @PolydotLand
  • Page joined me for a bonus interview about unicorn ranching (finding a third for your relationship) for the Mix Tape. Become a patron to access bonus content!

48.37 Closing Remarks:

  • Thank you for tuning in!
  • In the next episode I’ll be interviewing Epiphora from HeyEpiphora.com.
  • Support the show through PayPal!
  • Support the show and site on Patreon and get bonus content each month!
  • Like The Pageist on Facebook, follow on Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Quora, Medium, and Instagram and join the Fetlife group.
  • You can also subscribe to the website through the email form in the sidebar.
  • Subscribe to the iTunes feed here. You can also rate the show in iTunes, which would be much appreciated!
  • The libsyn feed is here and can be used in your favourite podcast feed reader.
  • All episodes can be heard in an embedded player on this page.
Feb 22, 2018

Episode the seventy-seventh; wherein the Pageist talks silicone sex toys–the process of making them and the hows, whats, and wherefores–with Kenton from Funkit Toys.

.45 Intro and Announcements:

  • Use the code pageist and get 25% off on Circlet.com ‘Erotica for Geeks’. The code is good until the end of March.
  • They also have a current call for submissions for asexual romance, the particulars of which are here. Bookmark their calls for submissions page and keep up with what they’re looking for here.
  • New countries! Bosnia and Herzegovina, Puerto Rico, Morocco
  • There has been some correspondence from some very kind people–the show was called ‘delightfully nerdy’, which warmed my heart.

4.06 Interview:

1.17.05 Closing Remarks:

Feb 12, 2018

Episode the seventy-sixth; wherein the Pageist talks with writer and mental health advocate, JoEllen Notte about depression and relationships.

.45 Intro and Announcements:

  • Welcome and hello to the newest Patron, Richard!
  • Someone left a comment about the show on the Podbean app. Thank you!
  • Round one of voting for Smut Marathon is open (until February 17).
  • Get 25% off by using the code pageist at Circlet.com (good until the end of March 2018).

3.30 Interview:

1.00.21 Closing Remarks:

  • Thank you for tuning in!
  • In the next episode I’ll be interviewing Kenton from Funkit about silicone sex toys–how they’re made and what to look for.
  • Support the show through PayPal!
  • Support the show and site on Patreon and get bonus content each month!
  • Like The Pageist on Facebook, follow on Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Quora, Medium, and Instagram and join the Fetlife group.
  • You can also subscribe to the website through the email form in the sidebar.
  • Subscribe to the iTunes feed here. You can also rate the show in iTunes, which would be much appreciated!
  • The libsyn feed is here and can be used in your favourite podcast feed reader.
  • All episodes can be heard in an embedded player on this page.
Feb 5, 2018

Episode the seventy-fifth, wherein the Pageist talks to Master Jon about books for a general audience that can benefit people into power exchange and a power exchange style based on the samurai code.

.45 Intro and Announcements:

  • Thank you and hello to the newest Patron, Stanton!
  • The show has been heard in Kazakhstan.
  • We have a new Facebook like–hello to Nickie!
  • Thank you in a big way to the survey responder. If you’d like to fill in the survey (it’s anonymous) you may do so here.

3.00 Interview:

  • Master Jon joins the show to talk about books written for a general audience that can benefit people interested in power exchange. We also discuss a power exchange style based on the samurai.
  • Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • Ideals of the samurai: writings of Japanese warriors by William Wilson-Gregory Lee – Ohara, Black Belt Books – 1982
  • Bushido: the warrior’s code by Inazo Nitobe – Ohara Publications – 1983
  • The book of five rings by Musashi Miyamoto-William Wilson(tr) – Shambhala Publications – 2012
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu -James Clavell(tr) – Delacorte Press – 1983
  • I also enjoyed Thomas Cleary’s translation of The Art of War
  • Analects by Confucius -Edward Slingerland(tr) – Hackett Pub. Co. – 2003
  • One small step can change your life: the kaizen way by Robert Maurer – Workman – 2004
  • On Fet: LifeLessOrdinary
  • He will also be teaching at Beyond Leather in Florida in April if you’d like to say hello.

42.53 Closing Remarks:

  • Thank you for tuning in!
  • In the next episode I’ll be interviewing JoEllen Notte about mental health and sexuality.
  • Support the show through PayPal!
  • Support the show and site on Patreon and get bonus content each month!
  • Like The Pageist on Facebook, follow on Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Quora, Medium, and Instagram and join the Fetlife group.
  • You can also subscribe to the website through the email form in the sidebar.
  • Subscribe to the iTunes feed here. You can also rate the show in iTunes, which would be much appreciated!
  • The libsyn feed is here and can be used in your favourite podcast feed reader.
  • All episodes can be streamed or downloaded from an embedded player on this page.
Jan 28, 2018

Episode the seventy-fourth; wherein the Pageist gets a long-held peeve or two off her chest, is tired of being tired and asks people to just… ask. The book reviewed is Ask: Building Consent Culture edited by Kitty Stryker.

.44 Intro and Announcements:

  • Circlet Press (‘Erotica for Geeks’) is offering 25% off if you use the code ‘pageist’ until the end of March.
  • One new Facebook like, hello and welcome to Dedria.
  • There have been a few survey responses. If you’d like to take the survey (it’s anonymous) you may do so here. It gives me lots of useful info about my listeners. Thank you!
  • A few people have reached out to say they’ve learned things from the show or they feel seen and that means a lot. Thank you. Thank you for letting me know.
  • Walter’s brain tumour isn’t responding to the medication the way we thought it was originally so they’re going to start radiotherapy soonish.
  • The website has been entirely rebuilt from scratch. Walter did it. 🙂

5.01 My Submissive Life:

  • A big ol’ rant about two pet peeves: cheese weasels who jump out and ‘scare’ people in order to get themselves knocked right out and ‘helpful’ souls who immediately bombard a person with images of their phobia that they’ve been misguided enough to share with their friends.
  • To both of those sorts of people: DON’T DO THAT.

11.46 Book Review:

  • This episode’s book is Ask: Building Consent Culture edited by Kitty Stryker.
  • The book contains twenty-two essays addressing how consent is (not) handled within the spheres of the bedroom, school, jail, workplace, home, hospital and community and proposes how we might improve communication skills in each of these areas, as well as some steps that are already being taken. Pieces come from an array of diverse and marginalised voices. This is a valuable, thought-provoking collection.
  • ConsentCulture.com
  • Consent Culture on Medium
  • JoEllen Notte
  • AV Flox
  • Navarre Overton
  • Takeallah Rivera
  • Jiz Lee
  • And many more I didn’t have the time to get to. I highly recommend this one.

29.41 Closing Remarks:

  • Thank you for tuning in!
  • In the next episode I’ll be interviewing Master Jon about books written for a general audience that are useful for people interested in power exchange.
  • Support the show through PayPal!
  • Support the show and site on Patreon and get bonus content each month!
  • Like The Pageist on Facebook, follow on Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Quora, Medium, and Instagram and join the Fetlife group.
  • You can subscribe to the website through the email form in the sidebar.
  • Subscribe to the iTunes feed here. You can also rate the show in iTunes, which would be much appreciated!
  • The libsyn feed is here and can be used in your favourite podcast feed reader.
  • All episodes can be streamed or downloaded from an embedded player on this page.
Jan 19, 2018

Episode the seventy-third; wherein the Pageist talks sex toys–making them and the pros and cons of wood ones–with Richard Carver of Lumberjill.

.45 Intro and Announcements:

  • At the start of the third year of the show, a sincere thank you to my patrons and all of the show’s listeners.
  • Thank you to Joanna for the generous PayPal donation last month–it was enormously helpful.
  • If you use the code ‘pageist’ (without quotes) on Circlet.com you can get 25% off (offer good through the end of March 2018.

3.13 Interview

  • This episode’s interview is the first in a series with sex toy aficionados.
  • Richard Carver makes high quality sex toys, art pieces and 3D models by hand out of wood. Wood is light-weight, warms to body temperature quickly and can be used with condoms. It’s not easily sterilisable, however, so once you use it, it’s yours.
  • His work is available at SheVibe under the Lumberjill tag.
  • You can purchase directly from him, as well as make custom requests from his Etsy shop, Lumberjill.
  • There’s much more to see, as well as videos of his work on Instagram, where his handle is @lumberjill_leisurecrafts.
  • You can also follow him on Twitter: @ShouldaWooda
  • And support his work on Patreon: patreon.com/lumberjill
  • Richard also joined me for a few bonus questions, which will be part of the Mix Tape next month.

58.38 Closing Remarks:

  • Thank you for tuning in!
  • In the next episode I’ll be reviewing (really) Ask: Building Consent Culture edited by Kitty Stryker.
  • Support the show through PayPal!
  • Support the show and site on Patreon and get bonus content each month!
  • Like The Pageist on Facebook, follow on Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Quora, Medium, and Instagram and join the Fetlife group.
  • You can also subscribe to the website through the email form in the sidebar.
  • Subscribe to the iTunes feed here. You can also rate the show in iTunes, which would be much appreciated!
  • The libsyn feed is here and can be used in your favourite podcast feed reader.
  • All episodes can be streamed or downloaded from an embedded player on this page.
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