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Dirty Words
This new quasi-reference book from Bloomsbury USA, "Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex," is thoughtful. Serious. Funny. Scholarly. Accessible. Revelatory. Entertaining. There are other words I could use to describe it -- words that would freak out people like Kevin Martin -- but I'll refrain. The G-rated summary: It's an essay collection that takes on 94 sex-related terms in often unexpected ways. What's genius about this book, edited by Ellen Sussman, is that it features some 100 writers (including Jonathan Ames, Phillip Lopate and Patricia Marx), so the definitions (from cyber sex to... way, way beyond) are often deeply, charmingly (and sometimes bizarrely) idiosyncratic and personal. In honor of FCC Chairman Kevin "Church Lady" Martin's coming unemployment -- and in memory of George Carlin -- I'm randomly giving away one copy of Ellen Sussman's "Dirty Words." To be eligible, send me an e-mail with "Dirty Words" in the subject line on or before Aug. 28.
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