Monday, February 06, 2006

The truth about sex scenes ...

... as revealed by Dana Carroll: Word Salad. (Via Conversational Reading.)

I remember when Lady Chatterly's Lover became legal -- I was 15, I think -- and I couldn't wait to get to the notorious parts (so, naturally, I skipped through the book). Now, after more than 40 years of professional reviewing, the sex scenes are the ones I am most likely to skip, period. They rarely move the story along and are often unintentioanlly risible. In fact, they tend to work best when a comic effect is aimed at (e.g., Tropic of Capricorn).

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