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The Naughty Bits: The Steamiest and Most Scandalous Sex Scenes from the World's Great Books Paperback – May 29, 2001
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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?", others have me wanting to read the full book. Thanks for providing me with a new list of books for the next few months! Oh! And my husband is won over too, as I kept leaning over and reading to him funny lines and "look the author likes Charles Bukowski too!"
Mr Murnighan is obviously very learned, and it's refreshing that he seems to be close to my generation (Vanilla Ice posters ha ha) and includes medieval works as well as more contemporary items such as the Kenneth Starr report!
Anyway, I haven't finished the book yet, but I wished Mr Murnighan wrote more than erotica, as he seems such a fine writer that it would be a shame to limit himself, and also might he write more than just editing and collecting?
Read it, then flip back to page one and read it again.