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This is not your father’s porn!
If it’s not porn, is it erotica?
Hell, no. Nothing erotic about this one. Although, it does speak to the many —versions (sub-, perv-, King James, etc.)
In excruciating detail, a host of unreliable narrators post reviews of a male hustler on an internet website and in discussion threads, evaluating his rendered services and their own basest desires, while co...more
Anyone remember this goodreader who would pop up on every which review and ask if the book had violence or sexually explicit content? Kiddo, if you are still lurking around, don't ;) read this book. It has everything you have been looking for.
I feel fairly comfortable in assuming that every time this goodreader sees someone reading, say, in a library or a coffee shop, he doesn't go up to them ask the same question. No. He would rather do so while hidden behind the curtain of internet. Social med...more
The Internet is possibly the strangest place I’ve ever had the (mis?)fortune of being a part of, yet the full implications of its existence never sank in until I had been using it for over three years, probably because I was less philosophically minded and stupider in the past. I’m sure some of you reading this may not even realize what ki...more
What if Borges took on Rashomon, but instead of the action happening in a grove, it went down on a message board dedicated to reviewing homosexual escorts?
This is almost Cooper's perfect form: the frame means he only has to write a series of escort pickups that convey the entire story (for better or worse depending on your desire to read such), but more interestingly the format entirely lends itself to unreliable narrators lying about eachothe...more
They lie, and they admit to lying when they think it will help you beli...more
The Sluts is almost entirely told as "comments" on an online gay sex...more
The Sluts takes place mostly online, on a few gay escort websites. The escort being reviewed is named Brad, and he is quite mysterious. You don't actually get to hear his side of the story (supposedly) and there are so ma...more
It reads like the legal dossier of some horrid crime, transforming "the reader" into a voyer and participant in the drama that unfolds. Violently plucking the chords of desire, lust, infatuation, ambiguity and anonymity, Dennis Cooper has written a complex and entertaining work.
I read this book while on the subway listening to Matmos'two...more
This book is a modern take on the 19th-century epistolary novel (in which the story is told through a series of letters): here the story is largely told through postings to a website dedicat...more
bought on the road and by the time I started
reading Dennis Cooper's "The Sluts" Jet had
already finished it in two days flat. It took me
about four. I found this and one of Dennis
Coopers other books God Jnr in the excellent Gay
Book Store on Santa Monica Blvd. We hadn't
realised it was the gay book store when we
walked in enticed by the cool window.
Still Dennis Cooper is still one of the sickest
writers around and The Sluts doesn't
dissapppoint in t...more
Holy shit. It's brilliant. The narrative is moves from online escort advertisements two faxes and instant message logs.
My fascination with Dennis Cooper w...more
He really looks at the horror and as a reader you can either be offended or charmed by his prose, which is direct yet poetic at the same time. This is really a remarkable and well-thought out little thriller of sorts. In other words: Love It!
And this book reminds me of watching a Haeneke film. (Which I feel really weird about).
It's a a good book. Masterfully woven. Relevant look at the early 2000's, internet culture, experimentation, truth and the relationship between imagination, psyche and the mutable power of promise.
Read it. And when you're done, go sit in the sunshine for a few days.
While not for the squeamish, I found that Cooper handled what was incredibly dark material in a fantastic way. Even at it's most graphic and disturbing, The Sluts never feels like a cheep thrill. It's dark and twisted, but at the same time full of human pain and problems.
The book takes place in the deepest and darkest corners of the internet, and is told b...more
Since the whole story is centered on online-forum reviews/threads, you can't exactly grasp a person's personality on only x amount of posts x makes. (At least, other than the basic "main" characters.) Sure, you understand they...more
extremely graphically violent, although much of the violence is fantasy. but all fiction is fantasy, right? well -- in this book, everyth...more
Questo thriller metapornografico - così è stato definito - è interamente costruito su un mosaico di bugie che nascondono, trasformano e violentano la verità. E' una spirale di perdizione anche per lo stesso lettore, che ad un certo pu...more
(but if a reader can handle this book, it's a good book.)