Saturday, May 21, 2005


Paperback Wanker

It's a dirty story about a dirty man, and.... yep, LA Weekly reviews Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties, complete with the varied fates of authors of one-handed fiction:

Pornographic prime mover Earl Kemp’s San Diego–based Greenleaf Classics put out sleaze opuses by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Harlan Ellison and Georges Bataille and got him a cell at Terminal Island, where he became almost iconic as the Pornographer Arrested by Police. In the entertaining and still-stimulating collection Sin-a-Rama, the ways in which the various authors dealt with their work emerge with radical variety, just as different individuals treat their more basic instincts. Author William Knoles’ suicide and writer Ron Haydock’s hitchhike hit-and-run death contrast with the success of Robert Silverberg, who diversified into texts on archaeology and science and then on to science fiction.

It could be worse. After all, Horatio Alger preceded his writing career with a stint as a child-molesting priest ...

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