Bad Sex Awards! — The

Bad Sex Awards! — The year's most notably execrable passages of sordid prose. Includes Jonathan Franzen, whose honored passage contains such pungent wonders as

He was kneeling at the feet of his chaise and sniffing its plush minutely, inch by inch, in hopes that some vaginal tang might still be lingering eight weeks after Melissa Paquette had lain here.

(Link from Arts & Letters Daily.)

  • Bill Easterly

    No time to get an oped published, but at least I featured you on my blog today http://bit.ly/8ho5gJ, and then quoted you again on http://www.politico.com/arena

  • mikegiberson

    I think the alternative to clapping in such circumstances is to think of the people who have died, and the unknown number of people who will be killed in the future by cheap displays of easy patriotism. Closing your eyes and bowing your head slightly is probably appropriate.

    If your neighbor prods you with a “hey, don’t you support our troops,” you can truthfully state, “I was thinking of the soldiers who died so far from their homes and family.”

  • Will says

    “Hadn’t we known for years that the war was predicated on misinformation?”

    AND (even worse)

    “Our troops, in turn, have killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who did nothing to any of us.”

    So the entire premise of Will’s column is false — or at best misleading. Because the first statement is in fact false (if we are talking about Afghanistan) or misleading (if we are talking about Saddam — the issue with Iraq is always just how dangerous Saddam was to American interests, not that he was some sort of benign actor in the Middle-East who leave us alone as long as we respected his soverign rule over Iraq).

    But worse is the other statement I quoted, which is not an example of speaking “truth to power” or whatever else Will thinks he is doing, but just plain lying. Our troops did not kill (meaning directly bomb or shoot innocent Iraqis) in the numbers Will is talking about. In war innocent people die and Iraq is no different, but the folks who have done most of the killing in Iraq are Islamic fanatics and friends of Saddam. Period.

    So when Will can find a different example of PC on the right, I’ll take him seriously.

  • Arminius008

    Will says

    “Hadn’t we known for years that the war was predicated on misinformation?”

    AND (even worse)

    “Our troops, in turn, have killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who did nothing to any of us.”

    So the entire premise of Will’s column is false — or at best misleading. Because the first statement is in fact false (if we are talking about Afghanistan) or misleading (if we are talking about Saddam — the issue with Iraq is always just how dangerous Saddam was to American interests, not that he was some sort of benign actor in the Middle-East who leave us alone as long as we respected his soverign rule over Iraq).

    But worse is the other statement I quoted, which is not an example of speaking “truth to power” or whatever else Will thinks he is doing, but just plain lying. Our troops did not kill (meaning directly bomb or shoot innocent Iraqis) in the numbers Will is talking about. In war innocent people die and Iraq is no different, but the folks who have done most of the killing in Iraq are Islamic fanatics and friends of Saddam. Period.

    So when Will can find a different example of PC on the right, I’ll take him seriously.

  • Arminius008

    Will says

    “Hadn’t we known for years that the war was predicated on misinformation?”

    AND (even worse)

    “Our troops, in turn, have killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who did nothing to any of us.”

    So the entire premise of Will’s column is false — or at best misleading. Because the first statement is in fact false (if we are talking about Afghanistan) or misleading (if we are talking about Saddam — the issue with Iraq is always just how dangerous Saddam was to American interests, not that he was some sort of benign actor in the Middle-East who leave us alone as long as we respected his soverign rule over Iraq).

    But worse is the other statement I quoted, which is not an example of speaking “truth to power” or whatever else Will thinks he is doing, but just plain lying. Our troops did not kill (meaning directly bomb or shoot innocent Iraqis) in the numbers Will is talking about. In war innocent people die and Iraq is no different, but the folks who have done most of the killing in Iraq are Islamic fanatics and friends of Saddam. Period.

    So when Will can find a different example of PC on the right, I’ll take him seriously.

  • Sorry about the multiple posts — I was having computer problems.