distracting, but rewarding

November 18, 2017


It was about 10 when I finished reading the books. I had turned on the film “Young People Fucking”. I’ve reviewed it before so I won’t go into it, but the film is delightful. It delivers exactly what it promises with its title, and is really fun. It made for wonderful reading (and writing) sounds. There are some segments that require me to watch the screen (they all involve Diora Bailes) and they’re distracting, but rewarding.

Christopher J. Garcia
Claims Department #11


November 18, 2017

Forbidden things have a charm all of their own


November 18, 2017

The truth is that pornography is just a sad affair all around. It is there because men in their hundreds of millions want it to be there. Killing pornography is like killing the messenger.

Martin Amis
Political Correctness: Robert Bly and Philip Larkin
Lecture given at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (30 January 1997)


November 18, 2017

“Blast your soul, you hussy!” he exclaimed in exasperation.

Robert E. Howard
Red Nails

something coldly intellectual

November 18, 2017

sun sinks in to the sea

It strikes me that being passionate about literature is something not often discussed. I read an article the other day which essentially offered only two ways of enjoying books: entertainment or something coldly intellectual.

But I’ve experienced another: a deeply emotional, transformative response. It cuts across any notions of genre, and is what made me love books. The first time I experienced this, I had no idea how to conceptualise it. The framework I’d learned at school didn’t really help here.

But when I read Andy Miller talk about “the dizzying force of books”, I think: that’s what I’ve felt. When I read Gabriel Josipovici talk about a work of art as a toy, I feel a step closer to understanding what it is that I’ve felt and feel.

To capture that in writing, though…It feels as though it needs something that doesn’t look like a book review.

David Hebblethwaite
Des Lewis Blog – 18th September 2017

this strange new country

November 18, 2017


I promise you will survive our rage. We have lived in fear of yours for so long.

Stay here, in this difficult place. Stay here actively. Breathe through the discomfort and pay attention to what it’s telling you. Listen to women. Believe women. There will be a lot to learn, and a lot more to unlearn.

You’ve just arrived in this strange new country where women are human beings whose lives and feelings matter and while you find your way around, yes, it’s useful to memorise a few key phrases.

May I kiss you?

Ok, that’s fine.

Do you like this?

Do you want me?

Here’s what I want; what do you want?

You can sound out the shapes of these sentences, but teaching you is a lot of effort, and frankly in the long run it’d be much less work for everyone involved if you’d just learn the language yourselves. Just think of the interesting conversations we could have in a rhetoric of mutual humanity.

Laurie Penny
The Unforgiving Minute