The English Department prides itself on keeping a finger on the intellectual and literary pulse of our era, so we feel it is our duty to inform you that this year’s “Bad Sex” awards–for erotic writing that, er, misses the mark–have been announced. The winner, which, we hasten to mention, we have not read, is Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones (originally published in French as Les Bienveillantes.
The award, of dubious merit, was established by Auberon Waugh in 1993 to “draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it.”
For the truly brave, we provide a warning and the following link to excerpts from the award’s shortlist. Read at your own risk.