The singer is not the first writer to be less than impressed with winning the Bad Sex prize. Sebastian Faulks declined to collect his award in person in 1998, as did Tom Wolfe in 2004. Last year, Ben Okri also failed to attend the ceremony, issuing a statement in which he said merely that “a writer writes what they write and that’s all there is to it”. … [Read more...] about Morrissey dismisses Bad Sex award as ‘repulsive horror’ after win
Harvard book prize
Those after The Wire-style gore should be aware that Thomson leaves the grass roots of gangland pretty well alone. He tells us that 42% of Kingston's population are under 20, but we meet few of the city's desperate teens. When he ventures to a very late-night passa-passa party in Tivoli Gardens, no mention is made of the neighbourhood's unofficial "president", the drug and gun lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, whose recent attempted extradition to the US led to gun battles and 70 deaths. Still, the party, like every street, house and landscape in the book, beautiful or ruined, is described with skill: you can smell the sweat, sex and ganja, and feel the quaking sound system. … [Read more...] about The Dead Yard by Ian Thomson
Diamond said that the tournament coincides with the American college basketball tournament, known as March Madness, a single elimination tournament comprised of one massive bracket. “We were talking about doing something fun in that format, from a literary perspective, and literary sex writing just seemed the obvious choice. It’s easy to find bad examples, and very hard to find good— considering this is pretty much a basic and universal experience, we thought we’d try to figure out who’s done it well.” … [Read more...] about Sexual healing: James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room voted best erotic passage
Of course, it could be argued that it’s possible to worry about pronouns and climate change, but it does seem that it’s the pronoun area of debate that excites the most aggressive protests. In recent years, for example, there have been several cases of academic controversies centring on transgender issues. In November 2017, Lindsay Shepherd, a teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, was sanctioned after she showed her students a video of a debate involving controversiasl Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and another academic on the issue of gender pronouns. She was told by her supervisor that her failure to denounce Peterson was like “neutrally playing a speech by Hitler”. … [Read more...] about Do we need to hide who we are to speak freely in the era of identity politics?
When to switch your mortgage. You should check if you can save by switching your mortgage when your current deal is about to come to an end, if your lender changes your interest rate, or once a year if you're not tied into a deal with early repayment penalties. How to find the best deal. You can use comparison websites to search for the best mortgage deal or, if you need a bit more help deciding what's best, use a broker. If you use a broker, check what fees it charges and if it can look for deals across the entire mortgage market. Check for remortgage costs. There might be high early repayment charges to pay if you are leaving before the initial fixed period ends, and there may also be an exit fee if you leave your existing lender. When it comes to the new lender, you might be charged valuation and legal fees as well as a booking or arrangement fee. So check that it's worth switching once the fees have been taken into account. … [Read more...] about New cashback website helps homeowners pay off their mortgage quicker