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Perfect Abs and Emo Too: Bared To You Reviewed

I decided to read Bared To You because it was sold as a well-written version of Fifty Shades of Grey. And I thought: hey, maybe the optimists were right! Maybe FSOG was a flawed but timely incursion of erotic fiction into mainstream literature. To give credit where credit is due, Sylvia Day is not E.L.…

The Art of Perversion & The Perversion of Art

A number of people have remarked on the fact that, although I write stories set in a lot of different places, there are more stories set in Japan or containing Japanese themes than on any other single culture. There are certainly a lot of stories set in Spain, where I grew up, and in London,…

MR James – One of My Favourite Short Story Writers

Montague Rhodes James (1 August 1862 – 12 June 1936), was a Medieval Scholar and provost at Cambridge. In his spare time, he wrote ghost stories. Although his prose wasn’t terribly poetic, I always thought his sense of place and character was. He was also just a wonderful structural story plotter. All his ghost stories tend…

What are they putting in the water?

Is it something in the water, or a secret corrosive side-effect of too much reality TV? No compulsory logic classes in first year university anymore? During the whole censorship / PayPal debate, over and over again, I read people equate and confuse real examples of illegal sexual behavior with fiction. Hyperbolic comments like “Well, I’m…

The Women We Failed and the Ones We Left Behind

There is a hauntingly good post at the New Yorker this week.  John Cassidy asks the question “Why Republican Women Vote for Santorum” and offers up an amazingly insightful and frightening response from one of his commenters: About women supporting Santorum: I too find this baffling, and can only attribute it to some form of…