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...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
I can't remember who or which website recommended this book to me. All I can say that it is something very dark and very sleazy. I feel even saying this is an underestimation describing how dark this book is! I could not find a physical copy so luckily I could borrow a digital copy from Archive.org, but I was in the waiting list for a quite some time which I forgot completely about until I was notified that the book arrived in my inbox!
The structure of this book is really interest ...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
I've never read something so convoluted and complex—structurally immaculate, mesmerising, both difficult to put down and to keep reading.
Cooper hones in on the seediest most depraved corner of the internet and fleshes out their darkest fantasies while, most disturbingly, never mentioning where these fantasies are coming from. Everyone within the universe of this book is simply in agreement about what they want to happen—and what they want is the most fucked up s ...more
They lie, and they admit to lying when they think it will help you beli ...more
The Sluts is kind of like if Nobokov rewrote Fight Club to make it sing like Pale Fire and then the purple poetry was edited out of its language by Lish. Also, besides that stupid little nonsense comparison,The Sluts is its own beautiful thing. I read this book because I sent a text to my publisher and asked for r ...more
The Sluts is almost entirely told as "comments" on an online gay sex ...more
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.
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
Thank you for pushing the boundaries and not just slightly toeing the line. This was frustrating in the best way. I love unreliable narrators and that’s pretty much all you get with this. The book takes place mostly on the pages of a gay escort website. It’s largely told through reviews all focusing on one mystery client. This has very graphic depictions of sex (in all its many forms. I always thought fisting was slang. I was wrong. It’s not slang for anything. It’s an actual fist. I was flabber ...more
now the internet is just, "lmao here's a screenshot of a tweet please share if you agree"
the moment everybody started using real names, everything went to shit
Dennis Cooper is an extremely creative person! In THE SLUTS, Cooper has developed a complex tale by using what are supposed to be reviews on an escort review website, emails and fax correspondence. Each of the reviews were posts by Johns describing their experience with the main character/escort. These revie ...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
Alternately disgusting and engrossing, haphazardly written and brilliantly constructed, I was astonished at the amount of intricate violence there was in this satire of gay culture. And this was absolutely satire, bordering on parody but the story was too compelling to put down. I give this 5 stars, but I'm not sure if I'll ever read it again.
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