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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Bad Behavior (1988) is a short-story collection by American writer Mary Gaitskill. The film Secretary (2002) is based on the short story of the same name.

It was her debut, having been trying to publish her work since the age of 23. The first four stories are written in the third person point of view from the perspectives of male characters. The remaining five stories are written from the perspectives of female characters.

"Secretary" is the only story in the book written in the first-person point of view. Several of the stories have themes of sexuality, romance, love, sex work, sadomasochism, drug addiction, being a writer in New York City, and living in New York City. "A Romantic Weekend" and "Secretary" both explore themes of BDSM and psychological aspects of dominance and submission in sexual relationships. The story "Connection" is about a female friendship; one which might be called a frenemy relationship.

Table of contents

  • Daisy's Valentine
  • A Romantic Weekend
  • Something Nice
  • An Affair, Edited
  • Connection
  • Trying To Be
  • Secretary
  • Other Factors
  • Heaven

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