July 28th, 2007

Here If You Need Me

My friend and next-door neighbor (she and her husband, the artist Siem Van der Ven, live in the field behind us with their six kids) Kate Braestrup's memoir, Here if You Need Me, has gotten fantastic media attention — wonderful reviews, TV coverages, excerpts in O Magazine, you name it.

And with good reason. Kate is an ordained minister and the Maine Warden Service's first chaplain, but her own life story begs to be made into a movie (and no doubt will be). Here's a local news item that sums it up pretty well, plus there are nice pix of Kate herself.

http://knox.villagesoup.com/Community/story.cfm?storyID=96968

Kate's not a tyro writer — her first novel came out in 1990 — and it's the purity of her prose style as much as her remarkable story and insights that got me at One. Check it out.


-- posted by Liz Hand
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Sixties Novels, Part 30


MOONBABIES, Eric Jay, Midwood, 1970

And a bonus back cover!



One aspect of Sixties fiction we haven't touched on yet is the explosion of pornography.

For many years prior to the Swinging Sixties, softcore paperbacks had been surrepetitiously available. But with the loosening of literary censorship, sleazy erotic novels became hardcore and more overtly for sale. This could lead to masterpieces like the Essex House novels of Philip Jose Farmer. But for the most part, these items were disposable one-handed entertainment.

Midwood Books was one of the leaders in the field. Writing at incredible rates of speed, Robert Silverberg and Lawrence Block, among many others, produced work for them under pen-names. Perhaps "Eric Jay" is really Silverberg or Block!

The title of this volume, I like to think, stems from Kubrick's 2001, although there seems, on first glance, to be no SF content in the book. That trippy image of the astral fetus was too potent to ignore. But maybe not. Maybe it's just Age of Aquarius astrology talk.

Today, there's a band named the Moonbabies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonbabies

Even though this new style of porn used all the rough-edged common terms for sexual organs and intercourse, there was still a hangover from an earlier age, insofar as a lot of "rapiers," "sconces" and "sticks of dynamite" went into many a "loveplace."

And of course, video and internet porn has effectively killed this medium today.

Posted by Paul DiFi.
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Sixties Novels, Parts 21-30 Index

Part 21, US: THE PAPERBACK MAGAZINE, Number 2, edited by Richard Goldstein: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/60869.html
Part 22, MAKING DO, Paul Goodman: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/66842.html
Part 23, THE CIPHER, Alex Gordon: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/71469.html
Part 24, 491, Lars Görling: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/76488.html
Part 25, RINGOLEVIO, Emmett Grogan: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/83318.html
Part 26, EROTIC LEGACY, Peter Hochstein: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/87849.html
BONUS ENTRY: HONEYBUZZARD (SHADOW DANCE, U.K.), Angela Carter: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/92737.html
Part 27, MISS LOLLIPOP AND THE DOOM MACHINE, Arthur Hoppe: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/94634.html
Part 28, ENCYCLOPEDIA, Richard Horn: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/95569.html
Part 29, BILLY AND BETTY, Twiggs Jameson: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/98410.html
Part 30, MOONBABIES, Eric Jay: http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/102268.html