I’m confused. I know what porn writing is: several homes I babysat in as a teenager had Hustler and Penthouse (sometimes I had to search, but they were there). One woman had The Happy Hooker. And now there’s “erotica,” which doesn’t seem a whole lot different. Of course for years contemporary romance writing has been around, which is basically erotica light, but with only one male and one female protagonist, and a happily ever after together forever ending. (Plus there are other romance lines, some less explicit, etc.) All of this is pretty much scorned by the literati, no?
But the literati apparently love Nicholson Baker. I’ve been reading glowing reviews of his “highbrow” sex novels. So I went to look for excerpts. Read a few. Here’s a link to one from his latest novel, House of Holes. Before you click, I have to warn you though it’s only text, the language is graphic, so if you’re at work or simply offended by such, then maybe you should pass. Otherwise, I’d appreciate some opinions. What makes this literary?
Here’s the link.
P.S. This is why AskMen believes it’s literary: new interesting synonyms for “penis,” the flaunting of a prodigious vocabulary, and the diverse nature of human sexuality. [source]