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Boys gone mild: A local duo tones down the ‘Kama Sutra’

‘The Married Kama Sutra’ by Simon Rich and Farley Katz

By Colin Mixson - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com
Loveless life: Simon Rich and Farely Katz’s “The Married Kama Sutra” offers positions they say any couple can achieve.

Loveless life: Simon Rich and Farely Katz’s “The Married Kama Sutra” offers positions they say any couple can achieve.

This new book is “adults only” — but its content is decidedly PG-13.

An author-illustrator duo are celebrating the release of their new book, “The Married Kama Sutra,” at BookCourt on Nov. 4, where they’ll discuss their toned-down spoof of the ancient Hindu sex manual and the positions described within, which they say anyone can accomplish without much trouble — mostly because none of them involve actual coitus.

“I think a lot of the positions of the ‘Kama Sutra’ set the bar a little too high,” said the author of “The Married Kama Sutra” and Cobble Hill resident, Simon Rich. “We’re attempting to write a more realistic update.”

To that end, Rich, along with his long-time friend and illustrator Farley Katz, have adapted the spirit of the original tome — an illustrated guide for couples with evocatively-titled positions such as “the rest of the warrior” and “the union of the elephant” — and applied it to a tongue-in-cheek look at the less-sexy realities of modern marriage.

The man, the mustache: Farley Katz, illustrator of “the Married Kama Sutra,” poses alongside his very fine facial hair. He’ll appear alongside Simon Rich at BookCourt to promote their new love manual.

The man, the mustache: Farley Katz, illustrator of “the Married Kama Sutra,” poses alongside his very fine facial hair. He’ll appear alongside Simon Rich at BookCourt to promote their new love manual.

So where the original “Kama Sutra” might advocate an anatomically improbable bedroom technique, “The Married Kama Sutra” settles for a more hands-off activity, such as: “When a man passes gas in front of the woman, without so much as an apology, it is called ‘the shifting of the standards.’”

“The positions in ‘The Married Kama Sutra’ are very attainable,” said Katz.

In fact, the closest the book ever comes to actual love-making is when its long-suffering illustrated couple enters into the intimate realm of the bathroom shower with romantic intentions, but their plan backfires when they actually look at one another.

“They go in to take an erotic shower, but after looking at each other, it quickly degenerates into just a regular shower,” Rich explained.

Moderately Rich: Simon Rich, love expert and author of “Married Kama Sutra,” will make a dramatic appearance at BookCourt alongside his trusty illustrator, Farley Katz.

Moderately Rich: Simon Rich, love expert and author of “Married Kama Sutra,” will make a dramatic appearance at BookCourt alongside his trusty illustrator, Farley Katz.

After dozens of collaborations, the pair said “The Married Kama Sutra” is their tamest work to date. Although both Rich and Katz are independently successful in their respective professions, this new book is the only joint effort in a decade-long partnership that the New Yorker — the only publication they’ve submitted to — has deemed appropriate for publication.

“Most of our early efforts were too obscene,” said Rich, describing the previous work he and Katz submitted to the magazine. “But ‘The Married Kama Sutra’ is sort of the opposite of obscene.:

“Once we started putting clothes on people,” Katz added, “we started getting accepted more.”

Meet the creators of “The Married Kama Sutra” at BookCourt [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 875-3677, www.bookcourt.com] Nov. 4, 7 pm.

One Response to “Boys gone mild: A local duo tones down the ‘Kama Sutra’”

  1. Esther says:

    Thank you so much Eric for the beautiful ieairprnttteon of the planets (and the lead-in to the topic of tantra). Vesta, Chiron in Pisces & Jupiter description all speak to what it is I have been in process with and have made a huge breakthrough with devotion to healing the relationship to Existance. Having grown up Catholic, it’s been a challenge to find a new way of relating, free of the burden of expectations and obligations, to ideas of God(des), Universe, Existance. This has been a time of breaking through all that and now able to regard myself as part of that Beauty of Existance. So perfectly phrased.Enjoyed the interview and look forward to seeing where it goes. There was a very important part of the tantra I found missing that may be covered in the next one. Have to wait and see.

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