Thursday, December 16, 2004

Bad sex award

Tom Wolfe has won the Bad Sex Award for I Am Charlotte Simmons, which contains passages like these. I have no plans to read the novel, having read numerous reviews of it (besides, as I keep saying, life is short). But I’ll take this opportunity to draw attention to my own unerring perspicuity last year in predicting that Aniruddha Bahal would win the 2003 Bad Sex Trophy for Bunker 13. That novel, I remember, mentioned Aryan warlords, Bugattis, Volkswagens and Swastikas - and I’m talking only about the sex bits.

Wolfe, on the other hand, is a much more experienced journalist-writer and trades in - yes! - otorhinolaryngological caverns and pectoral sheathes. Read and enjoy.

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