“The former host of 'Erotica Night' at a Baltimore bookstore will be the first-ever female No. 2 official at the
Haines has been a lawyer in the
Over at Salon, Laura Miller calls it "an impressively sleazy bit of reporting" with several "weird, vaguely leering touches." In particular, she points out a quote "from an admiring neighbor who recalls Haines rehabilitating her apartment in 'jeans or a pair of shorts.'"
The Daily Beast's own commentary section offers a hint of how poorly their foray into Haines' bookstore past is being received by its readers, especially women.
“Good grief, the Daily Beast in [sic] the new
"When will we be seeing the article about what male CIA officials read Penthouse or Playboy in college?" wrote another.
Haines' bookstore experience was the focus of the Daily Beast piece. "Erotica has become more prevalent because people are trying to have sex without having sex," Haines, then co-owner of Adrian's, told the Sun in 1995. "Others are trying to find new fantasies to make their monogamous relationships more satisfying.... What the erotic offers is spontaneity, twists and turns. And it affects everyone."
The Daily Beast writers splash a bit of that era's erotica into their piece, including a passage from "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty," by Anne Rice writing under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaire, which Haines is said to have read from back in 1995.
Considering the popularity and explicitness of the erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," the bestselling book of 2012, Roquelaire's writing hardly seems shocking.