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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Paperback)

by E L James

What We Talk About When We Talk About Boycotts 35

People are mad as hell about the rise of the so-called "alt-right." But how do we try to harness this anger productively? Successfully boycotting S&S is not going achieve what many of us really want -- which is to boycott 2016.

The Art of Artlessness: Lessons from Bad Books 1

A bad book, so-called, has just as much to teach us as a good book. It is often a far better teacher than any work that is uniformly artful, where excellence disguises the nuts and bolts of craft.

The Writer is Not Here: On Nihilism and the Writing Life 5

Just as writing may induce multifarious forms of anxiety, the right words are also a middle finger to the dying of the light.

The Solution Is a Gay Socialist Utopia Built for Two 2

Created on a website, crowd-sourced in serial, Beijing Comrades is the people’s public fantasy of intimacy. The result is a classic of queer consciousness-raising erotica.

Fifty Shades Again 0

Episode 27: Literary Characters as Republican Presidential Primary Candidates 1

Not discussed in this episode: 15 of the 17 Republican candidates actually running for president.

Pansexual Free-for-All: My Time As A Writer of Kindle Erotica 22

All I had to do was be willing to remorselessly pump out paranormal pornography like nobody’s business. Could I accept this challenge?

For Her 0

The Twilight Generation 0

Christian Grey: Coming to a Theatre Near You 0

Fifty Shades of Regret 0

Fifty Shades of Sociological Commentary 0

Fangirl 5

This is the story of one person in one fandom, but it’s likely got hints of your story, too, if you’ve ever been involved in this sort of thing. I’d hope that it resonates if you’ve ever really loved something that you haven’t created -- the I’d-kill-for-you kind of love of a work of art that inspires others to say things like, “Whoa, whoa, slow down, it’s just a book.”

US of Grey 0

Big Fans 0

The Apple Antitrust Case and the Widgetification of Books 10

It is easy to see the Apple antitrust suit as merely a clash between multi-billion-dollar corporations, but at heart the case asks a fundamental societal question: what, legally speaking, is art?

Will Kindle Worlds Commodify Fan Fiction? 1

Kindle Worlds might seem like a vast step up for your average fanfic writer, the best of whom are paid in praise alone. If it didn’t feel like such a fundamental and remotely insulting misunderstanding of fan culture, if it didn’t feel like a prime chance for corporations to exploit rather than promote, I might even praise Amazon.

Nothing Funnier Than Unhappiness: A Necessarily Ill-Informed Argument for Flann O’Brien’s The Poor Mouth as the Funniest Book Ever Written 9

Here’s how funny it is: It’s funnier than A Confederacy of Dunces. It’s funnier than Money or Lucky Jim. It beats Shalom Auslander to a bloody, chuckling pulp with his own funny-bone. It is certainly the funniest book I’ve ever read.

Fifty Shades of Scandal 0

Fifty Shades of Late Capitalism 0

A Sentimental Education: Sex and the Literary Writer 32

The word that made me lift my fingers from the keyboard was "clitoris." Was it okay to use this word? What would my fellow literary writers, my former teachers and classmates at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop think of me?

Blursing In Disguise 0

Finding an Audience Abroad: Who’s Read in France 17

Most literary novelists feel relatively confident they can sell copies of their newly published book to their parents, probably to their siblings, maybe (if they haven’t sparred too often over loud music or lawnmowers or leaf blowers) to their neighbors. Whose work gets read outside of America?

The Amazon Alphabet: From Audio Books to Zoo 4

The ABCs of Amazon: a peek into the reading habits of America and, like it or not, a primer for what's popular in the world of books.

“The history of sex is also a literary history.” 0

Mr. E.L. James 0

Here We Go, I Guess 0

Aargh! 0

Tuesday New Release Day: Grey, Clowes, Enright, Shin 1