Christos Tsiolkas joins the ranks of great novelists with his addition to the Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2010.
The prize celebrates the worst depictions of intercourse in a novel that’s been written in the last year and Tsiolkas is apparently among the world’s worst writers of the hardest scene. Judges focussed on a particular passage in which the characters ‘'f—-ed for ages’‘, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Assistant editor of the Literary Review Jonathan Beckman said ‘'It’s very repetitive. The sheer laziness of saying 'they f—-ed for ages’ is just one example of slack writing.‘’
But Tsiolkas is keeping excellent company on the shortlist with Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom making the list for a bad phone sex scene and, what Time magazine called his “propensity for innuendo which comes over a bit Benny Hill.”
The award’s aim is to “draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it”. It has, however, become something of an hounour in itself with a roster of previous winners that include Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe and John Updike.
As literary journals look for new funding models, Overland has put together this animation promoting their Subscribe-a-thon. They’ve even got a virtual George W Bush as an example of why we need good writing.
For a more serious take on how Australian lit journals are looking beyond traditional models, Overland editor Jeff Sparrow has written “The Golden Age of Publishing” over at New Matilda.
Now here’s a great Christmas gift idea for your loyal Facebook followers – a book based on your status updates for the year. Ninuku Archivist will grab your every wall post, party picture and LOL-worthy comment and create them into a pdf just ready to gift wrap and give to your friends.
Gawker reckons you can easily print out the PDFs, “bind them in a handsome leather cover, and you will have a timeless reminder of all the hours you wasted at work in the early 2000s”. Gawker also notes that Ninuku is “Native American for ‘wasting money’”, but should a few dollars stand in the way of making your Facebook memories timeless?
If you’ve spent a weekend fretting over getting your kids from a play date to soccer practice, then you might be ready to try Free Range Parenting with Lenore Skenazy. Driven crazy by fears of baby kidnapping, demands of the nanny state and other disapproving parents, Skenazy thinks we all need to lighten up with our parenting. She’s been called “America’s worst mom” for saying that parents should be able to trust public spaces like parks or that children can ride public transport safely. She asks do parents really need to be so anxious?
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