A Google Image search for “Naomi Wolf” and “vagina” doesn't really reveal the salacious wealth of photographs that you might expect. Just as unexpected was the medical crisis in Wolf's life that inspired her latest work, Vagina: A New Biography (Ecco), which she discusses tonight. That crisis — vanishing intensity of sexual climax — became a crucible, forging this latest meditation on how the vagina spurs creativity and acts as an adjunct to the female brain. In the process, she speaks to others in a vagina dialogue that unveils how women truly feel about the majesty and power of the noony, and the role that female desire plays in relation to the vagina as a fount of female identity traversing a labyrinth of neural wiring. Vagina also represents her rite of passage through that most brutal of all possible causeways to maturity: the invulnerability myth. Wolf also appears Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica as part of the Fall Season of Live Talks L.A.; /livetalksla.org/. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.; Pasadena; Mon., Sept. 17, 7 p.m.; free, book is $27.99. (626) 449-5320, vromansbookstore.com.

Mon., Sept. 17, 7 p.m., 2012

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