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Torn Shapes of Desire: Internet Erotica MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
Sexual content has certainly received a disproportionate amount of the attention paid to the Internet. What sometimes gets overlooked in the discussions, however, is that the Net has indeed provided an outlet--if not exactly a market--for writers attempting artistic and literary treatments of erotic themes. One writer who earned online celebrity status for her posts of literary erotic fiction is Mary Anne Mohanraj--a writer of powerful voice and impressive range. Her fiction takes many forms and frequently strays from traditional narrative. There are letters, stories told in e-mail exchanges, poems, and stream-of-consciousness musings. The selections, though, are always well-defined characters, no matter how short the writing. Although Mohanraj may take the voice of man or woman, and portrays a variety of sexual orientations, her characters come across as believable individuals, with true-to-life thoughts and--in most cases--behaving in likely ways. Even the exceptions to believability are clearly intentional, as in a comical tale of passion between a beautiful professor and her handsome jock student, which is as much satire of erotica as it is erotica itself. Accompanying the writing are the gorgeous, sensuous photographs of Tracey Lee. Also worthy of note is that the publisher sought out this book as part of the battle against Internet censorship. Portions of the profits are being contributed to organizations working to protect free speech. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mary Anne Mohanraj has been publishing literary erotica on the Internet f or five yeas, with more than 500,000 "hits" (visits) to her web site in one year. Her work has ap peared in a score of magazines and anthologies. Torn Shapes Of Desire contains forty of her be st short stories and poems, some of which have never been in print before. Her mix of style, g enre and setting is evocative -- with stories to suit many tastes and orientations. Torn Shap es Of Desire also includes an interview with other writers of Internet erotica and essays discussing he althy sexuality and free speech on the Internet. Torn Shapes Of Desire is a benchmark publication, representing as it does, what the new media of the internet can generate for the reading public. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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by Mary Anne Mohanraj
$2.99 (Collection) ISBN 978-1-61138-351-5
_Torn Shapes of Desire_ was originally published In paperback by Intangible Assets Manufacturing (March 31, 1997). That first edition was produced in protest of restrictive censorship laws that were being considered at the time, among which was The Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA). The CDA was the first notable attempt by the United States Congress to regulate pornographic material on the Internet. In 1997, in the landmark cyberlaw case of Reno v. ACLU, the United States Supreme Court struck the anti-indecency provisions of the Act.
Mary Anne Mohanraj was born in Sri Lanka and came to the United States as a toddler. Her classical, traditional parents did their best to raise their eldest daughter for the life they expected for her--the educated wife of a man she might meet only a couple of times before accepting him in an arranged marriage, but Mohanraj wanted a different life. While a student at the University of Chicago, a chance run-in on the early Internet with alt.sex.stories and rec.arts.erotica changed her destiny.
She found herself shocked, not by the graphic nature of the newsgroups but rather by the poor quality of the writing she found there!
Mohanraj believed she could write better erotica than she was reading. Upon receiving the praise and encouragement she had not experienced posting her non-erotic fiction on rec.arts.prose, she quickly built up a collection of short pieces of erotica.
In the Introduction to _Torn Shapes of Desire_, Mohanraj relates, "I write these stories as part of my own attempt to change the world. I write stories with strong consenting women, to remind people that strong women are sexy and that consent is crucial. I write stories with characters of various sexual orientations and genders, to spread a little awareness. I write stories dealing with taboo subjects. Mainly, I try to write stories with real people -- people who love and hate and fear and sometimes have sex for all the wrong reasons; people who have lives and hopes and dreams beyond the immediate sex act. I'm trying to shape a healthier world..."
_Torn Shapes of Desire_ contains forty of Mary Anne Mohanraj's best Internet Erotica short stories and poems.
proud to leave on the coffee table when guests
come to visit. In fact, I sometimes make sure
it is on the coffee table before they come.
The photography, which are pictures of the photographer herself, makes this book have the quality of an art book. It is very tastefully done, yet erotic. They complement the stories and poems very nicely.
The stories range from light fare to very eroticly charged. It is fun just picking one at random and reading it, yet you can easily sit down and read the stories cover to cover. (I think it is more fun to read "one a day" :-)
As an unexpected bonus, the forward by the editor and publish, Dale Larson, is a very serious look at how the Internet has brought together and distributed art and thoughts. I look forward to other books that Mr. Larson is involved with if he keeps to the ideals and thoughts expressed in his forward to this book.
As a conversation piece, coffee table art, or just fun reading, Torn Shapes is a valued part of my collection.
I believe it was Vonda McIntyre who said, "The writer's task is to convey in words that which cannot be put into words." That quote is, I'm sure, inaccurate, but it's close.
Mary Anne does precisely that, better than anyone I've read in a long, long time.
This work is far more than the sum of its parts, and I can't wait for a novel. You won't think your money was wasted when you buy "Torn Shapes of Desire."
Just a word about Tracy's photography - her images are not stark, but uncomplicated. She understands her medium and makes black and white portray as much as all the colors in the spectrum.
Great book. Should read it.