Electricity & Lust

Reads of the Week

Posted in Reads of the Week by Sam Unsted on June 11, 2011

First of a new feature. We’ll do this every week just to highlight anything that we really enjoyed from the past week. We’ll try and do the same with links on a Sunday.

  • ‘They Shoot Porn Stars, Don’t They?’ by Susanna Breslin. A self-published look at porn valley amid the recession. Some pretty heartwrenching anecdotes and stories which prevent the sometimes unfocused story from becoming too muddled or collapsing into titillation. It should be said, as with most stories about the porn industry, there is absolutely nothing titillating about this piece.
  • ‘Murder Most Yale’ by Suzanna Andrews. Fascinating examination of the murder of Yale student Suzanne Jovin from Vanity Fair in 1999. Somewhat dry in places and without the kind of engaging cache inherent in its subject to draw you in, as other stories of this genre have, this is still interesting and frustating, from the point of view of unsolvedness, in equal measure.
  • ‘Take it Like a Man’ by Kate Christensen. Perceptive essay on women writing in the male voice, something Christensen has done in all three of her books.
  • ‘Dizzying Highs and Terrifying Lows’ by Bill Simmons. Simmons, on his fantastic new Grantland website, takes the NBA to task on its need to adapt and develop its model in the face of financial difficulties and capitalise on the captivating NBA finals taking place right now.

And the best…

‘Basta Bunga Bunga’ by Ariel Levy. Absorbing, critical investigation of the impact Silvio Berlusconi has had on Italy and, in particular, Italian women. Packed to the gills with telling and surprising anecdotes about the Italian PM and sparked by his ongoing Bunga Bunga scandal, this is honestly amongst the best pieces of writing I have seen all year.

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