& OTHER GEAR
An Erotic Novel
How we lost the right to feel.
Go to the beach.
Literary Love Affair
By Jules Siegel
Gordon was so happy with this story
-- the first, he said, ever to take his work seriously -- that he
wanted to put out a press release. Oops. It was rejected by PRWeb.com
because of a link to an ADULT image! Can you believe that, folks?
So you prudes out there better stop right here because the offending
picture is on the front page of Book@rts. The Sun has nothing on
Umm. Well, I decided that discretion is the better part of valor.
These Anti-Sex League non-judicial activists can get real nasty.
Andrea Dworkin is gone (may she rest in peace) but Catherine MacKinnon
is still alive to continue the struggle against Internet fleshpots
like Book@rts. Trembling fearfully, I put a big CENSORED on the
offending picture(s), but you can click through and see what the
American Interfaith Non-Violent (I hope) Taliban Movement considers
too shocking for your sensitive eyes.
Following is the letter that I wrote about this outrage to David
A. McInnis, Chief Executive Officer of PRWeb.com:
April 22, 2005
David A. McInnis
President & CEO
PO Box 333
2084 Alder Street
Ferndale WA 98248
Dear Mr. MacInnis:
I am an author and graphic designer whose work has appeared over
the years in Playboy, Best American Short Stories, Library of America´s
Writing Los Angeles, and many other publications. I occasionally
contribute to the San Francisco Chronicle, and I administer newsroom-l,
one of the Internet´s principal email discussion lists for
I recently published a retrospective review of the work of Gordon
Inkeles, author of The Art of Sensual Massage and several other
exquisitely beautiful and tasteful works on the art of massage.
His books have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club and
the Quality Book Club and are carried in bookstores all over the
world, with sales to date of more than two million copies.
Gordon was so pleased by the review -- the first in his career
to give him serious attention, he said -- that he mentioned it in
a press release he posted on PRWeb, contributing $140 to make sure
that it received the full benefit of your services.
This morning he was informed by someone who identified himself
as "Alex" that the press release was disqualified because of an
"adult link." This turned out to be the photograph above from one
of Gordon´s books. I have no problems with tagging the link
"adult" in the press release, but I think that killing it is insulting
and low-minded, even more so in the context of my online publication.
Please go to http://www.cafecancun.com/bookarts/ to see what I'm
talking about. Rather than remove the link, Gordon asked for a refund,
which was promptly forthcoming.
I think this incident is a very sad but equally meaningful sign
of the times. I plan to bring it to the attention of the press by
all the means at my command. Before I do that, I´d like to
hear what you think. You can reply to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I eagerly await your response.
American Interfaith Non-Violent (I hope) Taliban Movement considers Gordon
Inkeles' work too shocking for your sensitive eyes.
Busted Book in Santa Barbara
surrender at last to performance art.
ME ABOUT THIS
the Nuclear Option is Really
Satire will flourish in the one-party state.
for the Humor Impaired?
You, too, can make jokes!
not a joke.
but it's a