I grew up with little pornography in my life. Nothing but a couple of ridiculous erotic novels and the occasional passing glance at a VHS when I was a teenager. Mostly I used my own thoughts and imaginings. That’s all gone now. With the mass of sexually explicit content on the internet, I can’t see … Continue reading Porn: destroyer of the sexual imagination. (First person piece on how pornography contaminates human sexuality).
Quite short story (for me) on the joys of hair removal (1500 words) Threading. Hannah stands alone in the chilliness of the room in a woolly jumper and a pair of paper knickers. ‘I’ll come back when you’re ready,’ the woman had told her. Hannah looks in the mirror at the knickers, imagining herself … Continue reading Threading
Just got my copy of 'Stoner' by John Williams through the door. I have high hopes for it, but also feel a little afraid that it won't live up to expectations. I am reminded of when the tomb-like hardback edition of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch fell through the letter box. I fell on it voraciously … Continue reading On getting a new book delivered through the door….
This is the best book about craft I've ever read. This despite my view that only his early books (Carrie, The Shining, The Stand etc) are his seriously brilliant ones and those that followed are in need of a serious crop. Here is something he wrote which stuck with me when I first read it: … Continue reading Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’
This was published on the Exeter Writers website. As I get older I'm more aware of how women in society are treated as they age, as if our looks (so long taken for granted perhaps) and market value (if we're going to be crass) becomes something tenuous and fragile. It worries me. I find women … Continue reading The Bites – by Giovanna Iozzi