The book is based on the apocryphal intimate journal of Sir Dick Liebvoil. All entries in Liebvoil’s journal, as the reader will become aware, are using an indecent language. To please a censored mentality, I replaced some “offending” words with courteous ones. I realized that by doing that, the intimacy of the journal was partially wasted.
I am sure that the journal was not meant to be published. In fact, Liebvoil left instructions to his maid, to destroy all of his writings and recordings, in case of his unexpected death. His maid wouldn’t dare to do that, so she passed the decision to dispense of his writings to LIebvoil’s daughter.
There were so many bags to sort out, and then so many legal proceedings to clear out Liebvoil’s live will, that the least Liebvoil’s daughter had in her mind was to get rid of those yellow pads, filled with Liebvoil’s writings.
She always thought that her father’s writings were rotten. She never had any desire to read them. So, she sold the whole bunch of yellow pads on E-bay, for a meagre amount of five hundred dollars. I bought them.
In addition to twenty four yellow pads filled with Liebvoil’s minuscule writings, I was given as a “gift”, more than a dozen tapes of recordings.
His confessions are never shy about stuff that, for my part, I’d avoid talking about with my best friend or make a note in my intimate journal. Though I’d have to say that sometimes he sounds genuine and pure to me. He writes on many occasions that “a fuck is always a pristine fuck – not like what people mistakenly think, that an old fuck meets a new fuck”. So, I read Liebvoil’s dirty entries, and I realized, all of a sudden, that he was practically talking about having a new sex experience with each new woman that came his way.
With this in mind I got a strange impression that his writings were as decent as any other. Besides vulgar commonplaces, the reader would easily discover pure happiness in his “sinful” pleasures, which would be difficult to judge as offensive. One could say that some entries are astonishingly blunt. What would then be the value of writings, about things that people keep locked in their closet, and never bring them to light. Not to say a word about such things, is also not right for an intimate journal.
Using the very words that belonged to beloved Honorable Sir Dick Liebvoil: I realized early in my life that my main interest in life was to love women. I decided to keep a journal with a separate entry for each woman I made love to and also make recordings to remember their voices and their stories. A man goes to bed with a woman and as they make love the whole miraculous process is thrown into secrecy; I asked myself many times: is love just having sex and if it is so why we are not allowed to say it, in factual wording and not be forced to scrutinize the vocabulary and cherry-pick cultured words rather than words we use when engaged in a sexual act?
As a teenager, Marc discovers in one of his dad's desk drawers a Playboy magazine collection. One of the issues had Marilyn Monroe on the cover. As Marc opens the issue he feels like hit by thunder seeing Marilyn Monroe's full blown nude on the centerfold spread. He convinces his dad to give him a six feet poster of Marilyn's nude as a Christmas present, much to the chagrin of his mother. That is how Marc's love and passion for Marilyn begins.. Whenever he falls in love with a girl he always find out that in some aspects she resembles Marilyn. From one of his first teenage loves, Kimberly, he seems to realize by looking at her vagina, how Marilyn’s vagina might have looked like. After high school graduation his father decides to send him to Harvard to become a psychologist and cure himself of “Marilyn fetish”. A girl, Claire is trying to win Marc’s sexual interest to no avail. Marc is telling her that he has a girlfriend. “What’s the difference between your girlfriend and me?” “Her hair is platinum blond” Mark says to which Clair retort with a profanity. Next day though she dyes her hair platinum blond. She looks now as a copy of Marilyn. Once home for the summer vacation and meets a middle age and beautiful woman, Therese, with whom he has a hot but short affair. Marc’s love for Marilyn Monroe raises to a different level. He “sees” Marilyn responding to his desire by moving her lips or her body in her poster and even exiting the poster to meet Marc’s desires. The new school year start and with it Marc finds a new lover, Amy. Both of them are planning their life together. They barely live together for three months when tragedy strikes: Marc’s dad dies of a heart attack. Marc decide to interrupt his studies and stay home with his mom. Meanwhile a TV channel broadcast news that Marilyn’s ghost was seen in Los Angeles area. Marc goes to Pasadena to interview the witnesses of the event and also goes to see the place where Marilyn “appeared”. His attempts to make her appear again fail. Taking advantage of the event Christies puts on sail some of Marilyn’s personal things. Marc succeeds to buy her dress, her bra and her earrings. Those intimate objects mean to Marc “ecstasy”. After a couple of months of mourning for his dad Marc decide to put some order in his dad’s stuff. He discovers in a drawer an invitation to a strip club. That invitation would be the source of a lifelong mess in Marc’s life. On one hand he begins recording interviews with strippers from a book On the other hand his obsessive need to be part of the strip clubs life and his sexual addiction to strippers almost destroy him. The only way he feels living is by bringing strippers home and have sex. The ambiguous color of art and sex of a strip club spread over hundred pages of “recordings”. Eventually Marc marries a stripper, Lily. “It’s like marrying his vice. Marc’s jealousy and Lily’s organic need to expose herself naked in front of a crowd of men interrupts their marriage.
Danelle’s story revolves around two teenage characters, Danelle and Marc. Marc just moved with his family from a Chicago suburb to this small “fishermen-own” town in Florida. The cluster of houses that Marc’s house is part of is called Ublock. This is the place where most of the action takes place. At first, Marc is unhappy about the prospect to live his life in this boring rural town. This feeling persists until he meets a beautiful girl named Danelle. Marc tries to approach the girl but she rejects his city boy “manners” or lack thereof. Things change to the better after the school starts. Danelle and Marc become very good friends. Their friendship and love that follows is agreed upon and even encouraged by their moms. Danelle appears to be an open and lovely character; she is very active and in love with her life and achievements. Marc is a little bit snooty, a city boy that looks at everything as being not worth worrying about. They like each other the way they are. Sadly, at the apex of their love, Danelle is diagnosed with leukemia. Danelle is depressed and terrified. Marc assures Danelle that he was going to be with her and help her pass through the difficult time of healing. Eventually, Danelle undergoes a successful bone marrow transplant. Her health seems to improve steadily on her way to full recovery. Short time though after showing sign of overall success, her recovery hits a snag. Danelle is aware of it: her strength and her weight loss make her think that there must be another serious cause to it. Doctor’s diagnostic is frightening; Danelle’s excessive use of medication to speed up her recovery damaged her kidneys. She need an urgent kidney transplant. Before leaving for a hospital in Boston to have her kidney transplant Danelle persuades her mom to let Marc have a sleep over. That night Danelle and Marc have sex. Danelle passes successfully the kidney implant surgery. During her convalescing period Danelle falls in love with the son of the surgeon. Marc founds all about Danelle’s betrayal when Danelle’s mom comes back unexpectedly and sells her house. Marc is profoundly distraught by Danelle’s betrayal and is “creeping his days” in profound disillusionment and lack of desire to live. Two days after the year graduation Marc receives a phone call from Danelle. She tells Marc that she is at the airport, and that she loves him and that she would be seen him in a couple of hours. Marc tells his mom that Danelle is coming back and that he is in love with her. Marc’s mom doesn’t understand what is happening. She is doubtful about Danelle’s sincerity and tries to persuade Marc not to take her back. When Danelle appears the romance story seems to become a hopeless melodrama. “People say that love gets stronger after passing through the fire of betrayal… That still has to be put to test…” Eventually, Marc’s mom desire to compromise and her compassion helped the two lovers, Danelle and Marc, get back to where they left off: being happy…