Like a diary, he adds, "I hope that this is a book of pleasures and perversities
side by side.
Where Tacitus draws a curtain of discretion over the baser acts of his subjects, Suetonius unstintingly describes perversities
that would make even some modern pornographers squirm with unease.
Many artists working today--those who challenge immigration law, deal with questions of sexuality and identity, or fight the perversities
of political regimes--test legal boundaries.
The critiques of the conference by New Criterion Editor Roger Kimball and SUNY Trustee Candace de Russy dripped with disgus at the perversities
celebrated there; de Russy's list of the horribles, in a March 1998 article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, included not only sadomasochism but anal sex, lesbianism, bisexuality, and female masturbation.
For Rambuss, the religious poetry of the metaphysicals (Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, Vaughan, Traherne), with its colliding themes of spirituality and carnality, explores devotion's intensities and perversities
Tax law, lending regulations, and numerous perversities
in planning, zoning, and tax codes, all contribute to some of the worst features of sprawl development: its waste of land, its artificial separation of functions (you can't walk down to the store or to a movie) and its transportation nightmares (work is further and further away-there are people in California who commute for four hours a day).
He tells the honest truth without blinking, or blushing, or pretending that our everyday perversities
are matters for scandal--and tells it beautifully.