11.28.2005

"Unresistant and frothy"

The Guardian has the complete excerpts of the nominees for this year's Bad Sex in literary fiction award. I was shocked to see Updike nominated. Shouldn't he have won a Lifetime Achievement Award by now? Anyway, do read. I'm rooting for Marlon Brando, or the one about the lobster.

7 comments:

TLB said...

When I read the title of your post, ian, I thought it was about something else...now that I've read the entries, I think I'm going to be sick.

Why is the Rushdie on the list?? I didn't think it was that bad. Not spectacular, but not on the order of magnitude of any of the others.

dunkeys said...

"heating further what was already hot," is my guess.

Like Zorro, indeed! Fantabulous post!

Patry Francis said...

Eek. I think this is why I so often take the cowardly fade to black approach.

Jane said...

Ew.

I don't think fade to black is cowardly at all. If the desire and tension have been adequately built up beforehand, it can be much more erotic. (An M of receptivity? Puh-leaze.)

I nominate Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty, for the best sex writing of the year. (OK, last year.) I've never found male-male sex so erotic or exciting before. (Reading about it, that is. Alas, I can never have it.)

ian said...

"Like Zorro" won, if anyone's still paying attention to this thread. No word on whether the author showed up for his trophy (the mind boggles) and his bottle of champagne.

dunkeys said...

Damn right it did. Champagne doesn't seem right, though . . . it's not nearly naughty enough.

Brando said...

The trophy should be a guy in a trenchcoat typing with only one hand visible.