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Why not heal?

“Child, child, have patience and belief, for life is many days, and each present hour will pass away. Son, son, you have been mad and drunken, furious and wild, filled with hatred and despair, and all the dark confusions of the soul – but so have we. 170 more words


Just how horrible can a sex scene in a contemporary novel get?

This is the critical question we at The Rotting Post intend to answer.   We will offer two of the worst descriptions of sex ever recorded in a serious novel as our finalists. 

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Meltdown vs. Bad-Day Writing

Expressing Characters’ Emotions on the Worst (and Second-Worst, and Third-Worst . . .) Day of Their Lives

It’s a widely accepted truth that if stage actors, viewed from lofty balcony seats and way-back stadium seating alike, are to adequately project emotion, there’s gotta be a little exaggeration. 1,109 more words

Fiction Writing

The New and Expanded SF MOMA: Now Open for Gazing

I’m a big fan of modern art. I like the way it permits an artist to break the rules to achieve his objectives.  Its inherent quirkiness makes it more dear to my heart than anything created before 1880 (personal opinion here, I realize). 1,738 more words


We Are Social Creatures

“Your self… is other people, all the people you’re tied to, and its only a thread.” – Sherman McCoy in Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities

Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Bonfire of the Vanities is about a married Wall Street tycoon who has an unscrupulous affair with a “foxy lady” and ends up in a world of trouble when they are involved in a hit-and-run accident. 17 more words

Book Review

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence. 7 more words

Tom Wolfe