Vibrators: A pop-culture history of this buzzed-about device
William Burroughs + fictional dildo = Steely Dan
Neither sex-positive nor sex-negative, the world of William Burroughs has always existed in some nether region of human sexuality -- a place not of shame or arousal, just...disturbance. And there's no better example of this than in his 1959 masterpiece, Naked Lunch, a book that not only caught the attention of the courts that banned it for obscenity, but also of a group of early-'70s jazz-funk musicianslooking for a band name, who found it in this line: "Mary is strapping on a rubber penis. 'Steely Dan III from Yokohama,' she says, caressing the shaft."