The Paradox of Enjoyment


Most of you who visit this blog know that I use it as a sort of mental sorting space, a way to digest a lot of the theory I’m reading, processing and incorporating into my thesis – both the critical and the creative portions –  on postmodern (or post-postmodern) eroticism. Hopefully, if you’ve been reading Continue Reading

Stealing Pain: Writing the Other


I made a Facebook post recently, admitting that I have come to feel unable to incorporate People of Colour into my fiction the way I used to; that I no longer feel safe doing so.  It got some upset reactions from other writers who called me a coward  – not an inappropriate reaction in the Continue Reading

Creative Incursions into the Mine of Fictional Desire


In his book Speaking the Unspeakable: A Poetics of Obscenity, Peter Michelson, who like many academics classifies all sexually explicit texts as pornography, identifies three types: hard-core, soft-core and complex pornography (41). Under his schema, hard-core addresses the human fascination with the “myth of animality” inviting the reader to indulge in a fantasy that, freed Continue Reading

Some thoughts on BDSM and the Desire of the Other


The French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan  said, “desire is the desire of the Other” (Seminar XIV: The Logic of Phantasy. p.184 1967.). There are a lot of ways to read this and, as is typical with Lacan, most of the ways you could read this make sense and have some depth. The easiest way to interpret Continue Reading

The Limits of Bataille

When I chose to start my examination of eroticism with Bataille, I always knew I’d run out of road.  It is hard to to look back, from where we are now, at Bataille’s definition of the unlimited, of excess and not see it as something quaint, laughable. Whether in the ideas he proposed in his Continue Reading

The Relationship between Authors, Books, and Readers: #CleanReader Redux


According to a piece in the Guardian, and on Joanne Harris’ blog, Clean Reader has announced that it will no longer be selling books. The app will remain available – presumably for the customers who have previously purchased books to read on the app. If there is a silver lining to this whole debacle, it Continue Reading

Clean Reader’s Profound Illiteracy: The Consumption of the Text


Three years ago, I was asked to teach a course on pedagogy and the digital world. This was a graduate course, leading to a graduate certificate, part of a masters degree in Tertiary Teaching and Learning. Consequently, my class was wholly made of my peers, fellow university lecturers. The first class discussion I proposed was Continue Reading

Visual Culture and Algorithmic Tyranny: Facebook

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Let me first acknowledge that as an online culture, as consumers of digital imagery, few of us limit ourselves to a single platform, like Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr. To use a geographic metaphor, most of us travel widely. But nonetheless, it may be worth acknowledging that for some people, virtual spaces like Facebook are Continue Reading

Trans, Fluid and Genderqueer Erotic Writing: An Invitation


Erotic fiction is the literature of desire. If that is the case, it might seem that writing Trans erotica would present little difficulty. It might be assumed that Transgendered folk would be happy to consume erotic fiction that pertains to their self-identified gender and sexual orientation. But I suspect this is not necessarily the case. Continue Reading

Show Me Bad – #Twitterfiction #storified


Having pulled on their gimp masks as they make their way down into the basement of the strip-mall Thai takeaway in Ruislip… Continue Reading