Barbara Walters Attends Celebration of Erotic Novel. Enough Said?

by Chiara Atik · July 16, 2009

Barbara Walters[Barbara Walters. All photos by AMBER DE VOS for PMc]

Dear Anderson Cooper,

If you are reading this, I am so, so, sorry. It is my strong belief that no one should have to live in a world where their 85 year old mother writes erotic novels. And they are read. In public.

With great sympathy,

C.A.for GofG

Last night, Diane von Furstenberg hosted a celebration of Gloria Vanderbilt (i.e. Anderson Cooper's MOM)'s new novel, "Obsession: An Erotic Tale". Yes, that is actually the title. Last weekend's Modern Love column in the NY Times gently reminded us not to dismiss the possibility of octogenarian sex.

Fine. But can we work out some sort of a Don't Ask Don't Tell policy for this?

According to the reviews, "Obsession: An Erotic Tale" doesn't exactly use any quaint euphanisms when describing sex sccenes complete with, oh my god, spanking. You can actually listen to Gloria Vanderbilt herself read the book aloud on the audio book. You know. If you're into that sort of thing.

Last night's event proved that New York's older generation is a lot less prudish and scandalized than we younger kids. Barbara Walters, Liz Smith, Hamish Bowles, and Fran Liebowitz all gamely attended the celebration and congratulated Ms.Vanderbilt on the success of her new endeavor. No word on whether or not any of the guests, including 80 year old British journalist Sir Harold Evans, took the steamy novel home. And you know what? Let's keep it that way.

Diane Von Furstenberg, Hamish Bowles

Diane Furstenberg, Hamish Bowles

Kiera ChaplinFran Leibowitz

Kiera Chaplin                                   Fran Leibowitz

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt, racconteur of spanking, thrusting, and worse....

Michael McGraw, David DuncanMimi Liebskind, Jeffrey Banks

Michael McGraw, David Duncan       Mimi Liebeskind, Jeffrey Banks

Gloria Vanderbilt, Liz Smith

Gloria Vanderbilt and Liz Smith, just two New York broads bonding over erotica.

Marianne Micakelis, Wiliiam EubanksPamela Fiori

Marianne Micakelis, William Eubanks    Pamela Fiori

Sir Harold Evans, Tina Brown

British octogenarians love erotica, too! Sir Harold Evans with wife Tina Brown