- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Tin House Books (November 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979419808
- ISBN-13: 978-0979419805
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,120,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do Me: Sex Tales from Tin House Paperback – November 28, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Though it boasts a risqué title and cunning cover art, the majority of the stories and essays collected here put the emphasis on the "Me," rather than the "Do." Having first appeared in the literary journal Tin House, these pieces vary widely in terms of structure as well as quality; Michel Lowenthal's "You Don't See the Other Person Looking Back" is one of the book's strongest entries, an engrossing tale of a sighted gay man who embarks on a cruise with blind gay passengers, but it's all too short. Nicholas Montemarano's skillful metafiction "Make Believe" and Denis Johnson's story "Xmas in Las Vegas" are two more strong points; other pieces don't fare so well. Dylan Landis' "Jazz," a short story about a young girl sexually assaulted by a family friend, feels sophomoric, and Mark Jude Poirer's "I, Maggot" seems more interested in impressing the reader with symbolism and imagery than titillating, or even telling a story. Readers interested in literary pyrotechnics and Carver-esque ruminations on the everyday will probably get a great deal out of the book, but those looking for a literary roll in the hay will be disappointed.
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New York Times
"These are masterful stories and essays, examples of Tin House literary magazine's excellent reputation."
Los Angeles Times
"Even as they delve into the darker side of relationships, each of them contains that spark of promise, of hope."
Ashleigh Lambert, InDigest magazine
"The authors maintain their cock-lock on the reader long after the climax."
Mellissa Lion, Bookslut
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I struggled through the first story about the 50 year-old lesbian boinking her mother's oncologist and wandering through her references to her abused childhood with the absent mother and nasty father. The drug addled brother who once was a physicist, and the almost sane sister who wrote off the old bitch of a mother, but who cries over her funeral, completely out of character for what the author started out to build. Then back to the girlfriend who is now a "girlfriend" not a one night stand, and the dog they just got together.
That is half an hour I will never get back.
Flipping through the other stories; they looked just as bad and posed. I guess there was a reason the used copy was only $0.25. I should have gotten that clue.
My husband and myself are not exactly young anymore but this book and others like it, notably Suzie Van Aartman's very excellent and very, very explicit 100 Percent Erotica for instance, have certainly put a fresh sparkle into our sex life.Highly recommended.