Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Mutterings continued.

Off to Retro Betty's tonight.

Not an exciting day - lots of typing, including a briefing note, risk review and inputting of stats. Made a lunch-time foray to the PO and was surprised to find myself only second in line. Tottered across to the new supermarket and staggered out with a bag of cat litter and a couple of tins of mince. Exciting times.

'Shower hose' passage wins Bad Sex award

Giles Coren wins cheeky British literary prize

LONDON, England (AP) -- It was the shower hose that clinched it.

A passage describing a male character's genitalia as "leaping around like a shower hose dropped in an empty bath" helped British food critic Giles Coren win the 13th annual Bad Sex in Fiction award Thursday for his debut novel, "Winkler."

The prize, presented by Literary Review magazine, aims to "draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel."

Coren beat heavyweight competition, including Salman Rusdhie's "Shalimar the Clown," John Updike's "Villages" and Paul Theroux's "Blinding Light."

Winners receive a statuette and a bottle of champagne -- but only if they show up to the ceremony in person.

Most do. An exception was last year's champion, Tom Wolfe, who won for passages in his campus novel, "I Am Charlotte Simmons," described by judges as "ghastly ... inept ... (and) unrealistic."

I've read some the passages in question and they were bad. Really bad.


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