Tin House Giveaway and Sexy Stories
In a few hours, I’ll wake up and tour a handful of houses that my wife and I are thinking about seriously purchasing. We’re looking at a ‘move’ this summer, and I’m looking at my bookshelf and wondering how many books I’d like to carry around in big boxes and how many books I can afford to give away.
So it’s about time for another HTMLGIANT giveaway promo contest thing. What I’d like to do is offer four back issues of Tin House: the Winter Reading issue (30), the Evil issue (31), the Hot and Bothered issue (32), and the Fantastic Women issue (33). To be eligible, all you need to do is email HTMLGIANT your full name and mailing address by Noon CST on, let’s say, Tuesday the 12th. If you don’t hear from me afterwards, then that means the random integer generator did not favor you. But look out for more giveaways this summer, as I’ve got a shelf of books that I can’t pack up.
These four issues are pretty good. Highlights include Steve Almond’s essay “Condifreaks,” which is basically letters to Almond regarding his resigning from Boston University after the administration invited Condoleezza Rice to speak at graduation (he responds to them as well); an interview with a former member of the Manson Family; and, basically, the entire Fantastic Women issue, with stories by Aimee Bender, Miranda July, Kelly Link, Lydia Millet, etc.
I need to part with these issues, but wish to give them to someone who will enjoy them. So if you’re interested, please don’t hesitate.
Sexy writing after the jump.
Okay. So you’ve toured the magazine’s website to learn more about these particular back issues, and you want to get to the sexy stuff. I’d like to quote directly from one story in particular, a story called “List Item #10: The Motel Room” by Tara Ison, which appears in issue 30. It is a sexy story, perhaps, and it is a story that I sometimes remember for this speculum passage:
He rubbed at the steel, up and down, and he laughed then, it was like jerking off this stainless steel robot-cock, and she laughed too, they laughed together, and she eased her legs apart for him. And that was it, forget too clinical, he got hard for real, wanting to be there, but first thing first, he told himself. He lubed the speculum and slid it inside her, slowly, carefully, and he looked, deeper than he ever could before, past what he already knew by touch, taste, smell. She was saying labia minora, labia majora, and he was looking at crimson and smooth and damp, vestibule, anterior wall, posterior wall, at the wet garnet sheath of flesh, all alive, the oil of her a sort of pearly glaze, Bartholin’s glands, and the bone-pale knob at the back – cervix, she said, the fundus, feel that, it’s like the tip of a nose – and it was gorgeous, and she told him to slide two fingers in, put his other hand low on her stomach, he’d feel her ovaries, but he didn’t want to take his eyes off that long, rich conduit to inside her, this incredible journey to where he could see inside her so deep, he’d swear he could see far enough inside to get right through to her heart.
My questions are as follows: Is this sexy? Can anyone recommend other sexy stories? Is there some disagreement as to whether or not the above passage is sexy? Maybe it is just stupid? Or really fucking sexy? I’ve heard that Steve Almond writes sexy stories, but I’m wanting to read other sexy stories, stories that are sexy in weird ways. I have to admit that I’m just really into sexy stories these days, and can’t help myself, but I have no taste. What do people think?
Dirty comments encouraged; it’s the internet after all.
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