Sex and the Cyborg Goddess: Pillow Book of a Yale Co-Ed (Part One)

Sex and the Cyborg Goddess: Pillow Book of a Yale Co-Ed (Part One)

by Alexis Rafael

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Sex and the Cyborg Goddess is a novel about Ana Fried, who arrives at Yale brimming with self-confidence just as it’s going co-ed. It’s 1969 (-- the same year Hillary Clinton entered Yale Law). Straight outta Scarsdale, Ana has the beauty and brains to make it big. But Ana’s an idiot when in comes to men. Believing in sexual freedom, she keeps a modern-day pillow book about her Yale lovers until her professor torches her writing in front of the class. In an era of Black Panther rallies and anti-Vietnam protests, Ana joins forces with an African-American classmate named Diane to address the racism and sexism of society and Yale. But when sexual assault upstages Ana’s graduation, she hits the road in a beat-up Chevy, hoping to find Diane, who has since dropped out.

Down South, while documenting the blues, Ana meets a musician who’s the polar opposite of what would please her social-climbing mother. She makes beautiful music with Andy until he’s arrested for drugs. She flees to California, then Germany, New York, and India, struggling to break the glass ceiling as a filmmaker while fighting her addiction to loving the wrong men. Unable to keep a day job or a man, she escapes to India, hoping for spiritual transcendence. In her backpack is a camera to film the goddesses of India. She’s finally determined to break through as a filmmaker on her own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998845296
Publisher: Rafael Film, LLC
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 215
File size: 798 KB

About the Author

ALEXIS RAFAEL is the author of 'Sex and the Cyborg Goddess.' As writer/director under the name Alexis Krasilovsky, her films include 'End of the Art World,' 'Exile', 'Beale Street,' 'Let Them Eat Cake,' and 'Women Behind the Camera' - winner of five Best Documentary awards. Krasilovsky is the author 'Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling' (Routledge), the poetry chapbook/DVD, 'Some Women Writers Kill Themselves,' and co-author of 'Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World' (Intellect/U.Chicago Press). Alexis was one of the first women to graduate from Yale. She also holds an MFA from CalArts. Krasilovsky's narrative film, 'Blood', was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times as "in its stream-of-consciousness way, more powerful than Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver.'" Visit Alexis Krasilovsky's website at

Table of Contents

Part One: Pillow Book of a Yale Co-Ed

  1. Wolf’s Bones                                                  
  2. Dudes in the Good Life                                
  3. Morning-After Poems                                   
  4. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman   
  5. The Proposals                                               
  6. Valium and Voicelessness                           
  7. Ordinary Rape                                              
  8. Failures of Success                                    

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