Review: the ENSO by Orpheus

16 03 2009

Life has conspired to prevent me from writing this review, but I feel that I owe this author a fair hearing on my blog (and perhaps a bit of publicity would not hurt either).

Orpheus Black is a Dominant from the LA (California) area, known for exciting scenes and creative fireplay. He has been a presenter at BlackBEAT in years past and did a facinating demo blowing fire across his demo bottom.

His first book, the ENSO, describes his philosophy on the Lifestyle and focuses on educating submissives on how to best process their submission. Often times a new submissive is conflicted in her desire to serve and the script that runs through her head. This book seems to be designed to help her process her duties and cope with the dichotomy that is our Lifestyle and the rest of the world.

His perspective is distinctly Japanese in origin, and focuses on a balance approach. One difference between this work and others I have encountered is the use of the parallel between a samurai warrior and a modern submissive as the framework for most of the books discussions. He talks about the roll of the sub as a Priest, a Warrior, and a Poet. It is an interesting read, and may prove very useful for the novice submissive.

For me though, the best part were his D/s Parables that you find toward the end of the book. These 10 stories I found to be very educational, and at night, I sometimes read these to my girl.

I have to say that my one complaint about the book is the price. At $25 $20 for a 75 page book, I would expect it to be leather bound or something. Being a paperback, I would expect it to be in the $8 or $10 price range. Still, if you can get over the price, I do think it would be an excellent addition to your house’s library.

You can find the ENSO for purchase online here.

Have you read the ENSO? if so, let me know in the comments.


Indigo Blaque: A New Look at Fetish, Vol. I

17 10 2008

Good work here

Indigo Blaque: A New Look at Fetish, Vol. I
Indigo Blaque LLC’s New Table Top Book

Announcing the release of Indigo Blaque: A New Look at Fetish, Vol. I, by Fetish Photographer Darque of Indigo Blaque Studios, the first volume in his rendition of the future of photography. A New Look at Fetish adds artistic intrigue and erotic excitement to delight the eyes of its viewers. Bondage and eroticism ignite sensual visual imagery and highlights of this extraordinary book. It captures rope, wax, cuffs, etc., entwined with women’s anatomy of various sizes displaying a sensual and tasteful array of fetishism.

Darque was the distinguished winner of the 2007 Art Show held in New England at the Fetish Flea. Darque’s photography is a permanent fixture in the Vi Johnson’s Library that is renowned as a traveling tribute to Leather History. Darque’s most recent photographic works were on display in August at Floating World in Edison New Jersey and can also be found on his website Indigo Blaque –

“A New Look at Fetish, Vol. I, portrays the different view point of women in kink, and not a European or Asian view, but a different shade all together. Photographs are not from a sub category point of view, but from a position of empowerment”, says Darque.

Indigo Blaque LLC is a full function design studio located in Brooklyn New York, dedicated to the BDSM lifestyle. From Photography to all elements of layout and design, Indigo Blaque will turn your ideas and fantasies into reality.


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The book can be previewed and purchased here:


The Enso by Orpheus Black

2 04 2008

Today, I am passing this along. A friend posted it and I thought it would be a good fit for what I am doing here.

The Enso – Press Release – Final [A]

March 26, 2008

The Enso is more than a manual for subs and slaves. The material Orpheus Black gives us ranges from the practical to the profound. Initially he wrote The Enso for his own family and then so to speak, word got out. As he focuses on the much needed initial steps for a person beginning their journey into BDSM, the author also addresses topics relevant to all levels of experience.

The writing is succinct and evocative. Orpheus demonstrates his clear understanding of the difficulties, pleasures and ecstasies of the D/s relation. The Enso is dedicated to growth. This is what makes it such a valuable read. You will continue to benefit from its richness through time and experience. Orpheus knows the way of the poet. He skillfully blends his years of D/s experience with Eastern and classical Western views to reveal an original vision of wholeness within our lifestyle.

“Enso” is an ancient Japanese term that conveys the innate duality and wholeness found in service. It refers to the “No and Yo” duality of forces in Japanese that is similar to the more familiar Chinese “Yin and Yang.” Enso is primarily concerned with the clarity of mind and purpose that must evolve in artful service. Orpheus elaborates his views of this reality in parable, simple prose, and through the figures of the Priest, Poet and Warrior. These figures how three distinct and essential dimensions of commitment and service.

The Enso is a vital meditation on our way of life. In this volume you’ll find portions devoted to conflict resolution, together with ways to organize and process your experience. His focus on self-reflection will creatively enhance your capacities for giving. It will further increase your value in the eyes of the Dominant or Master you serve.

Most important the author sensitively provides you with the necessary steps to move beyond the illusions of a vanilla world and into your true self. Obviously this is a critical and significant task.

Orpheus is known for his powerful, highly skilled and sensual scenes. In the realm of BDSM performance he is an artist and innovator. He is the host of Fetish at Night on, and the founder of the Cirque de’ Sade. As you read The Enso you’ll hear the thoughtfulness that forms the backdrop of his compelling and widely appreciated scenes.

It is plainly evident that the author’s own creative struggles and private journey resonate throughout the pages of this book. His passions, missteps and losses generate the energy of this work. These insights provide the reader with a window to their own voyage and how best to prepare.

One afternoon a few of us gathered to review an early draft of The Enso. The energy grew as we shared our views and personal experiences. I’ll not forget that afternoon as Dominants and submissives spoke of our unique journeys with seriousness and laughter. I looked over at the author and noted his genuine surprise as The Enso came to life before his eyes. What had been intended as an intimate document for his family was transformed into a crucial touchstone for each of us within the group.

Quite beyond the crucial orientation and self-study that this book offers you, I suggest that it can be a powerful catalyst for group dialogues. The Enso amplifies and assists to clarify the realities of our lifestyle. It opens pathways to new beginnings and creativity. Perhaps obviously I believe it is destined to become a “must read” and classic in our community. No one will come away untouched by its wisdom and practicality.

Available June 2008

Orpheus’ next book “Playing with Fire” will be available late 2008

I am looking forward to this. Let me know what you think in the comments.


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