Jonathan Lethem has a new story in The New Yorker called “The Porn Critic.” It’s a perfect companion to Brothel, the novel by J. Boyett that we’re publishing here at Fiction Advocate in a few weeks.

Boyett and Lethem first appeared together in The Unbearables Big Book of Sex, showing that you can write about sex with the kind of originality and humor that’s missing from everyday smut. Their new works are similar, too. “The Porn Critic” is about a clerk at a sex store with a prodigious collection of adult movies. His easygoing attitude toward porn becomes a liability when he pursues a woman with more orthodox values. Brothel is about three college girls and a would-be pimp who whore themselves out on campus. It starts as a dare, a kind of “fuck you” to the conservative morality of rural Arkansas. But their ideological act of defiance comes with a set of very real consequences. Both works, in addition to taking a witty and open-minded approach to “dirty” topics, test the notion that a person can overdose on hardcore sex and remain essentially unspoiled.

“The Porn Critic” is well worth reading.

Brothel is available for pre-order now. You can read Chapter One here, and the author is interviewed here.

- Brian Hurley

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