sj (never SJ) hates everything. Except books and music. Sometimes she hates those too.

Reading Rage: I’m Kinda Sick of Your Smug, Self-Published Face

July 11, 2014 | sj | 143 Comments

Oh, hey, clickbaity title.  I didn’t see you there.  I may need to clarify a few things before I continue. I am fully aware that there are a number of self-published authors out there that are doin-it-rite.  This is not about them. I am going […]

Weekend Listening: Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys

June 20, 2014 | sj | 8 Comments

Listen while you read (volume may be loud): Album:  Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys Released:  1989 (Capitol) Recommended if you like: Sample heavy (smart) hip hop Notable Tracks:  “B-boy Bouillabaisse” (the 12+ minute final track) contains 24 of the 105 samples on the record (yes, […]

My Realization That Dismissing Dialect In Books Is a Form of Privilege

June 16, 2014 | sj | 68 Comments

I kind of had to put myself in check, today. The backstory: Susie’s started doing The Reading Report (which I totally dig and you should all be reading cos it’s fab), and this week’s post contained a link to the Strange Horizons review of Long Hidden: […]

Weekend Listening: Light Music for Dying People by Sordid Humor

June 13, 2014 | sj | 5 Comments

Listen while you read (volume may be loud): Album:  Light Music for Dying People by Sordid Humor Released:  (posthumously) 1994 by Capricorn Records Recommended if you like:  Early to mid-90s College Rock Notable Tracks:  “Barbarossa” All right, so – I came to this album in […]

Love the Dollangangers? Here Are 4 Books Like Flowers in the Attic

May 23, 2014 | sj | 10 Comments

The twittersphere (at least my corner of it) is abuzz with the news that Lifetime has pulled the Petals on the Wind movie out of their collective asses so shortly after Flowers in the Attic provided us with a hit of nostalgia back in January. I […]

Top Five: First Time Songs

May 8, 2014 | sj | 27 Comments

The post you’re reading now differs significantly in its final form than from what I’d originally conceived.  After making a sort of throwaway comment on Heather’s post about why erotica doesn’t work for her, I thought it would be fun to create a playlist comprised […]

Wait. WTF Did I Just Read?

April 27, 2014 | sj | 43 Comments

Or: I’m Pretty Sure Anne Rice Has Never Even Had Sex My first experience with proper erotic fiction came (heh) when I was 15.  I’m totally not counting Jean M Auel’s Earth’s Children series, cos even when I was 12 I didn’t think that shit […]

The Weekly Verse, Sexy Edition: Come Out Tonight by Steven “Jesse” Bernstein

April 23, 2014 | sj | 10 Comments

I usually make a thing about poetry not really being my bag.  That’s not to say I didn’t write some really shitty poems in my day, cos I totally did, but for the most part I am not a huge fan of READING poetry.  I […]

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Morpheus Mondays for This Special Announcement

April 7, 2014 | sj | 6 Comments

I know, guys.  It’s Monday and you’re prolly all “Wait, I thought we were doing Morpheus on Mondays [heh], how come I don’t have some Dream in my RSS?” I promise, there’s totally a reason for that!  Some of us have been falling behind, and […]

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