Petra’s interests

At the end of The Laundromat there is a list of Petra’s interests. These are some of my inspirations for her story. You might like to browse these links further.

Carol Altman, Electrify your sex life

This is a great book for couples to read together, or for your own self-development

David Bowie, Young Americans, EMI Records, 1999 (on YouTube)

On about page 97 Tessa is driving to The Laundromat. She is listening to the Young Americans album in her car. This is the chorus of the song Can You Hear Me :
Can you hear me?
Can you feel me inside?
Show your love, love
Take it in right (take it in right)
Take it in right (take it in right)

[Songwriter: DAVID BOWIE, Can You Hear Me lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management, TINTORETTO MUSIC]

You can see the video here on YouTube

Here are some purchase links too.

Barbara Carralles, Urban tantra: sacred sex for the twenty-first century

One of my reviewers called The Laundromat “Cosmic pleasure”. I have been influenced by tantric yoga teachings, although this work is much more a whimsical fantasy rather than an exploration of traditional spiritual teachings and experiences. I have been to workshops by Barbara and learnt a lot from her.

Anne Desclos, Story of O

This story had a big impact on me when I saw the movie in my early twenties. There is a particular scene in the movie that I found bewitching. I paid homage to that scene in The Laundromat when Petra is being inducted. I have recently re-watched it and it still has an allure. The book is even better that the movie and is an astounding work.

Dixie Cups, Chapel of Love, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector, 1964 (on YouTube)

You can not help smiling along with this song. Not my favourite kind of music at all, but is has a real place in my story as a cheesy counterpoint.

Astrud Gilberto, The Silver Collection, UMG Recordings. 1990 (on YouTube)

This is classic cool jazz, You will know The Girl From Ipanema. Petra likes it even more that I do.

Eric Idle, Always look on the bright side of life, Monty Python Sings, Virgin Record Ltd, 1989 (on YouTube)

Stanley Kubrick, 2001: a space odyssey, 1968

Such a great movie. I first saw this at high school. Our science teacher created a little movie house in our science lab. It has had such a huge cultural influence on us.

Madonna, Erotica, Sire Records, 1992 (on YouTube)

Love Madonna. Petra, myself and Madonna are all the same age.

Marquis De Sade, Justine, philosophy in the bedroom and other writings

Reading Marquis de Sade is a confronting challenge. In so many ways. His theory of human nature is thoroughly anti-social and perverse. You have to filter out an enormous amount to find the lessons for your own life.

Massive Attack, Collected (on You Tube)

Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus