Posts tagged sex
Good Christmas news for sadists everywhere: Marquis de Sade’s descendant reclaims his title
December 24, 2014 | 10:25 am
One of France's most notorious literary sons is receiving fresh rounds of literary rehabilitation. After the recovery and display earlier this year of the toilet roll-like original manuscript of The 120 Days of Sodom, the most infamous work of Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, a.k.a. the Marquis de Sade, now, 200 years after his death on December 2nd, 1814, his descendant, Elzéar de Sade, has revived his notorious ancestor's title of Marquis. "Since the death of Donatien, none of his descendants wanted to wear the Marquis de Sade's title to avoid the risk of being identified with this devilish character; they...
The Great Book Scandals of 2012
January 4, 2013 | 11:00 pm
Books—staid and intellectual cultural artifacts that they so often are—were not all just staid or intellectual this year. Not nearly. There were, in fact, scandals, at least a few of them surrounding books and their authors and publishers, and there were times in which discussions of books and the business grew dramatic and tension-filled. Near-scandals! Other times, these conversations were simply very, very interesting, full of twists and turns, much like a good book. Remember when Philip Roth took on Wikipedia to clear up what he described as false perceptions of The Human Stain? (It was a big year for Philip Roth news altogether, really.) Or...
Survey shows most college students hate lugging textbooks more than they like sex
July 28, 2011 | 11:48 am
Kno, the company that had been designing a two-paned e-textbook tablet reader before deciding to get out of the hardware market and concentrate on software for existing tablets, has released a survey that states that American college students hate lugging books around so much that 73% of them would be willing to give up sex if it let them avoid carrying books. (Gee, I didn’t think a Kindle made you look that nerdy.) I find it a little ironic this study came from Kno, since their proposed (and abandoned) textbook reader would have been as heavy as a laptop,...