Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Dirty Old Men

I know, two posts in one day - but frankly this one was just too good to pass up. File this under double your pleasure, double your fun.

Playboy (yes, that Playboy) magazine has named their picks for the 25 sexiest novels ever written. Yeah, the link takes you to Playboy - but I promise there are no naughty bits if you stay on that page (this is either a good or bad thing depending on how your tastes lean). Just click on the title of any of the books, and a separate window pops up allowing you to surf through the entire list of 25.

Say what you will, but Hefner ain't nobody's fool and Playboy has had quite the stable of "names" over the years writing for the magazine. She-it, you have Shel Silverstein drawing cartoons and authors like Scott Turow, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, and Tom Clancy contributing. Granted, all that tends to get lost amid the bevy of blondes.

Seriously Hef, what you got against redheads.

Anyway, going over the list of 25 is downright funny at times. I seriously question their sanity in picking Lolita for the list (oh baby, pedophiles make me so hawt!) but read this bit of commentary:

"...the novel is a tale of hotels and guest cottages that Nabokov wrote on the back of 3 x 5 index cards as he and his wife traveled across America in search of butterflies. We've never been able to look at an index card the same way again."


Or describing Lady Chatterley's Lover as: "why God invented English majors."

And quite possibly my favorite - calling Henry Miller the "original dirty old man."

I was, and still am, amused - if only the sheer fact that Judy Blume (yes, Judy Blume!) made the list as well.

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