Bad (and some so bad they're good) excerpts from bad romance novels. Includes things like: "And as he ground sinuously against her tender flesh, she began to quake and contract, whimpering with tortured delight. Her senses exploded; her very body seemed to dissolve into a fierce, white-hot blast of elemental heat. And in that boundless, exploding star of pleasure she felt his essence mingle with hers as he buried his face in her hair and erupted, pouring his passion into her soft, responsive frame."
posted by fantodstic
on Apr 16, 2011 -
As a belated tribute (of sorts) to Victoria Day
, may you find interest in a variety of Victorina era
literature, short and long. In the short category, there is Chit-Chat of Humor, Wit, and Anecdote
(Edited by Pierce Pungent; New York: Stringer & Townsend (1857), who has written quite a bit
of such work) [via mefi projects]
, and Conundrums New and Old
(Collected by John Ray Frederick; J. Drake & Company Publishers Chicago, 1902) [via mefi projects]
This publishing house also published The Art of Characturing
, copyright 1941. If you prefer your antiquated humor with a twist, take a gander at bizarro version of Conundrums New and Old [via mefi projects]
. In the category of longer works, behold the The Lost Novels of Victorian New Zealand [via an older mefi projects]
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on May 29, 2009 -
Bad Writing = Good Writing?
The academic journal Philosophy and Literature used to hold a "Bad Writing Contest" to ridicule dense, unreadable academic prose... but a new book argues headache inducing sentences are necessary to express subtle theoretical points.
posted by gregb1007
on Oct 30, 2003 -
Why Isn't Evelyn Waugh The Most Popular Great Writer On Earth?
It's his centenary this year and it's time to ask why such an irrefutably superb prose stylist - after Samuel Beckett, I rate him last century's funniest and most perceptive tragicomic writer, the best since Dr. Johnson
- is still not as widely known and loved as his work deserves? Is it because he was so utterly reactionary and misanthropic, as brought out by this adorable BBC interview
? After all, other far more reactionary writers, such as Ezra Pound, Fernando Pessoa, Gottfried Benn, Georg Trakl, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Allan Tate or Philip Larkin are, arguably, more widely read today than Waugh is. Which brings me to my question: are poets forgiven their ideological trespasses far more than is the case with novelists and essayists?
Why? Isn't this one of the most unfortunate - and unfair! - consequences of today's outrageously politically correct
culture? I fear so. And hate
so, too! [A little more on Evelyn Waugh inside..
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 20, 2003 -