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"That Smell," an essay by Lucia Perillo

March 20, 2013

In celebration of Lucia Perillo's 2013 Pacific Northwest Book Award, NW Book Lovers shares her essay "That Smell."

 Here is a quick taste:


It’s unlikely that I ever visited a bookstore as a kid. My parents were too molded by that great trauma of their youths, the depression, to buy four children’s- worth of books. Especially not when we had a perfectly good public library.

Though I will get around to bookstores, I want to talk first about this library because of the sensual beauty of it. Set in an old building on top of the police station, you accessed it by climbing almost a full flight of stone steps, which there were wide stone banisters on both sides of, wide enough for a child to sit on, though the stone was not slippery. You had to use your feet to creep downhill.

All the details flood me now, with such clarity! More steps inside the building, turn right you could pay the bill for your garbage pick-up or your property tax, turn left and you stepped into the library with its creaky wooden floor.

The complete essay is available on the NW Book Lovers site.

Posted by waleslit on March 20, 2013  |  Permalink

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Starred PW Review for Dan Savage's American Savage

March 15, 2013

Rave starred review for forthcoming American Savage: Insight, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage (Dutton/Penguin, May 28, 2013) in today's Publishers Weekly:


America’s most in-your-face sex columnist and gay-rights activist comes out swinging in these pugnacious, hilarious essays.. Savage (Savage Love) proffers more unvarnished and often sacrilegious bedroom and relationship advice, recommending, for example, that spouses try each other’s kinks on for size and, if sexual incompatibility proves insurmountable in an otherwise satisfying marriage, that they consider a little nookie on the side. He reserves his most pointed sex tips for detractors and ideological opponents, suggesting a number of lewd acts they could perform to cope with their upset over his forthright advocacy of marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.  (He widens his brief to include cogent soap-boxing on behalf of single-payer national health insurance, gun control, and physician-assisted suicide.) Savage is that rarity, a liberal—verging on radical—who defends his positions with steel-trap logic and scornful humor laced with profanity and stripped of politically correct cant. But in his own way he’s a champion of “family values,” which emerge in warm domestic scenes with his husband and son, in moving reflections on his mother’s death, and in his common-sense understanding of sexual fulfillment as an anchor for stable relationships. Underneath Savage’s scabrous, bomb-throwing exterior beats the heart of a softie.

Posted by waleslit on March 15, 2013  |  Permalink

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