‘Cat Person’ Author Speaks out About Real-Life Inspiration for the Viral Short Story

‘Cat Person’ Author Speaks out About Real-Life Inspiration for the Viral Short Story

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This past December, a 4,000-word short story took the internet by storm when it was published in The New Yorker. The story is titled Cat Person, and details the trials of twenty-year-old college student Margot as she meets and briefly dates thirty-four-year-old Robert.   The all-too-realistic piece of fiction showcases Margot throughout the many quick-changing stages of a blooming, new relationship: the excitement, the giddiness, the butterflies of a growing new crush, the fantasies about everything this relationship could possibly grow into, all the way through unto the grounding realization that this person is not at all who you’d hoped they were.   *** SPOILERS AHEAD***   The …

James Joyce’s Steamy Love Letters Are Better Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

James Joyce’s Steamy Love Letters Are Better Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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Irish writer James Joyce may best be remembered as a literary icon whose written work, Ulysses, cemented his image as a wise and intelligent mind hiding behind a soft and innocent-looking face.   Don’t be fooled, however. Yes, he is in fact intelligent, but he’s certainty not soft (in more ways than one). Behind those puppy dog eyes, thick mustache, and posh bowtie happens to be a dirty old man. Seriously dirty, dirty man.   The same passion and experimental attitude this linguistic mastermind brought to his stories and poetry he also translated to other avenues of his personal life. For those unfamiliar with …

6 Steamy Sex Scenes That You Should Absolutely Avoid Reading

6 Steamy Sex Scenes That You Should Absolutely Avoid Reading

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Before Fifty Shades of Grey hit the shelves, there were plenty of books that featured raw and intense portrayals of sex. I think many people often scoff at the idea that the human experience, intimacy included, can be effectively and beautifully portrayed on paper, but they are certainly missing out.     Since sex is so openly portrayed on screen (e.g. Game of Thrones every five minutes (not that I’m complaining)), books often get overlooked. Nevertheless, sex can, and has, been explored and portrayed endlessly by writers whose own objective views promise unique perspectives. Here are 6 incredibly steamy sex scenes …

New Edition of T.S. Eliot Poetry Explores Poet’s Sexuality

New Edition of T.S. Eliot Poetry Explores Poet’s Sexuality

To many, sexuality is a matter of privacy. To T.S. Eliot, his sexuality was a source of inspiration and a common theme in his poetry. A new edition of T.S. Eliot poetry reveals that his sex life, contrary to common popular opinion,  wasn’t completely bleak. Eliot’s previously published work portrays his sex life as broken and depressing, in part due to his troubled first marriage to Vivienne Haigh-Wood, as well as a few failed trysts. His negative feelings on sexuality, as expressed through his writing, also served as a symbol of his distaste for modern society. Louis Menand of The New Yorker once said …