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What Purpose Did I Serve in Your Life by Marie Calloway
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All of the stories in this book are about sex. This book, however, should not be mistaken for erotica. It is more about the perception of sex, and the degrading experiences of sex itself, sex as a commodity, and being treated as a commodity in literature about sex.

The book itself alternates between stories which blur the line between fiction and nonfiction, as well as thankfully blurred photographs and Facebook screenshots with the name censored. There are also segments with slurs and angry 'criticism' crudely MS-Painted over the author's face.

There is no doubt something deep to further investigate here, in this bold piece of performance art, public degradation, and nakedness in the name of literature. One of the angry comments in the book, a rant about 'sluts', called her 'anti-feminist'. If anything, isn't this a hard look at questions few would dare ask?

'Marie Calloway' has something to say. Too often it sounds like Tao Lin speaking, which is a tremendous drawback. But when she does emerge, this is a voice which calls to be listened.
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July 26, 2013 – Shelved
July 26, 2013 – Shelved as: usa
July 26, 2013 – Shelved as: fiction
July 26, 2013 – Shelved as: short-stories
July 26, 2013 – Finished Reading

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