When is rape a good thing? When you are a Founding Father in a funk. Loathing slavery, yet lusting after slaves, Jefferson is himself a slave to contradiction, crippled in his own personal pursuit of happiness, shackled by his own self-conscious hypocrisy. Raping Sally again and again frees him from the self-splitting onus of "people's champion" and liberates "the god of reason" within. Steve Erickson's 1993 novel exposes "the libidinous other, the demon we imagine must have dwelled within" Jefferson. Get ready to meet "the private demon within the civic saint."