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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1st edition (May 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609806602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609806609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Jack Murnighan, former editor-in-chief of sex-friendly Web site Nerve.com, gathers short erotic excerpts from works by more than 70 authors from the Marquis de Sade to Thomas Pynchon, Sappho to Jeanette Winterson, Ovid to J.G. Ballard. Culled from his popular weekly online column, The Naughty Bits (also Brit slang for genitalia) is billed as "the book that literary perverts have been waiting for." One of several recent Nerve.com tie-ins, it's a great idea and one needn't be especially literary or perverted to enjoy it. Murnighan's thoroughly good-natured, erudite introductions add to the bawdy fun.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Most people don't read a good book or have great sex nearly as often as they should; then again, most people don't know that the Great Works e.g., Joyce's Ulysses, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and Plato's The Symposium are as rife with "naughty bits" as a frat house is with hormones. The general public has Murnighan, former editor-in-chief of the popular sex web-zine Nerve.com, to thank for gleaning the gamut of world literature for amorous interludes, from the painfully romantic to the puke-inducing. Murnighan first excerpted these findings in the web site's "Naughty Bits" column, of which the cr me de la cr me is collected here. Besides giants like Shakespeare, D.H. Lawrence, Dante, and Herman Melville, lesser-knowns, such as 1960s French teen novelist Catherine Breillant, medieval English autobiographer Margery Kempe, and lesbian playwright Holly Hughes, make appearances alongside contemporary cads Larry Flynt and Kenneth Starr. Almost more savory than the wildly varied extracts are Murnighan's learned prefaces. The fan of erotica, the student of literature, and the aspiring sex worker will all relate to his language, a strangely seamless mix of lit crit and potty talk. Highly recommended for erotica collections and larger world literature collections. Heather McCormack, "Library Journal"
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought the book par hasard yesterday while waiting for my husband in a bookshop in Taipei. I justified it with a line Mr Murnighan quoted to justify his book: "let me be read ... by the gentle girl who longs to please her new-made spouse." My husband was embarassed that I would soon be reading a book with the title "The Naughty Bits" and he tried to the denigrate the possibility that it could be a good book - I mean, a book that chopped up classics and took important scenes out of their context purely for sexual titillation! I was swayed by his argument so I read on to make my mind up. The excerpt that I randomly choose to read by Philip Roth confirmed I shouldn't put this gem of a book down. It wasn't that it was on how to aplease my impatient and incredulous husband, (in fact it was about a guy mastabating into a baseball mitt somewhere in America), but the piece was so hilarious, the writing so exhilarating and it delighted me so, that shedding all the foreboding in my heart, I ran with it to the cash register.
Yes, this book is not a collection of Jackie Collins and Anais Nin clippings gathered into a convenient format that saves the reader from flipping through the boring bits - this book is so much more! The short introductions by Mr Murnighan are so insightful and funny, and from them I have gleaned much about writers that I always wanted to read or know more about simply because their names are so big in the world of literature. Too tired to read last night, I just scanned his intros to read what he thinks of one writer from another. Also they (the intros) leave me giggling as they are an honest look at things people don't normally talk about or think about, but do. The excerpts need more time to digest; although some left me with a "huh?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mia on November 10, 2005
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I couldn't put this book down. Mr. Murningham has captured enthralling scenes from some of the best classics out there. I was excited, aroused, entertained and educated - all at once.

Read it, then flip back to page one and read it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin W on September 14, 2012
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Jack M wrote for Nerve magazine for a couple of years and I always enjoyed his high brow take on just how much great writing was inspired by what some might take as our basest requirements. His articles were intrumental in my interest in the magazine for some time. Highly recommend, some of the chapters are not for the squeemish or fiercly opinionated. The book is literature and unfiltered emotion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lacy Carra on August 17, 2008
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Perfect beach read. In this great book no more rummaging through pages of your favorite books just to get to the juicy scenes, they have all been compiled into one delicous book that is sure to please all of its readers.
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By seacookie314 on December 15, 2013
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How many stars would I give Jack Murnighan? How many stars are in the sky? Reach out and touch one.
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