How to Make Prudery Readable?

For my curtain call, I'd like to solicit thoughts on an essay that appeared several months ago in the Times. Critic Katie Roiphe argues that this generation of male novelist writes lousy sex toys. A bold previous generation, including Norman Mailer, Philip Roth and John Updike, regarded sex -- particularly transgressive sex, like adultery, hate-couplings and some liaisons that come dangerously close to rape -- as material deserving thoughtful explication. This new generation, including … [Read more...]