hot stuff

Okay, so there’s this really rather random (but thoroughly interesting) list of things I’ve been meaning to post about, some of them for quite some time now. What better time than the present? (Never mind that it’s 2 a.m. and I’m supposed to be finishing up an editing contract.) I originally wrote this as one big mother of a post, but I’m trying not to scare y’all, so now it’s split into several. Starting with… sexy stuff!

Playboy‘s list of sexiest novels. Don’t ask me why this was picked up by ABE (Advanced Book Exchange, an absolutely awesome network of secondhand booksellers all over the world), but I’m glad it was. Except that now, of course, I’m feeling compelled to bloody read them all. As if I didn’t have enough reading on my plate already! Luckily I’ve made some headway without even knowing it: so far, I’ve read Pauline Réage’s Story of O (ho-hum, stroke-stroke), J.G. Ballard’s Crash (fantastic, if a bit excessively cold), Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire (definitely sexy, even though I’m not quite goth enough to have a big ol’ vampire fetish – perhaps my perceptions are being influenced by those delicious homoerotic scenes between Brad and Tom in the 1994 film version), and A.M. Homes’ The End of Alice (totally creepy – why is this on here?!). Plus, my book club, the Queer Ladies’ Reading Society, has picked Nabokov’s Lolita for our July meeting, so that’s one more to check off the list. Anyway, I hope the list inspires. Or, um, something.

Hot female bodybuilders do porn. OK, so I haven’t checked them out beyond their photos on the site’s home page and a short segment I caught on Sex TV with a couple of my brothers the other day. I don’t get the impression I’m the intended target audience and I kinda don’t want to be disappointed by the full package. But… wow. These women! What a fascinating combination of super-muscular (butch?) and high femme. On the TV segment, one of them said she’s often mistaken for an MTF transsexual – rippling arms, fake boobs… I guess I can see why. Talk about genderfuck. I wonder if they’re really all as straight as they seem to be. I did a project on female bodybuilding back in undergrad, but I’m beginning to think I should revisit the topic…

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