Thursday, February 24, 2011

Top ten: writing’s filthiest pervert geniuses

"Anyone who has taken English 101 knows that literature has its share of dirty old men — the lascivious, the leering, and the lewd, the men who concern themselves with the baser instincts and darker drives, the author equivalent of the creep in the corner, stroking his chin and staring at the rears of the teenagers," writes Nina MacLaughlin. Her top ten list of "some of the dirtiest, most salacious and scandalous men in letters" includes:
Michel Houellebecq

Alternately lauded as a French literary luminary and disparaged for being a nihilist pornographer, Monsieur Houellebecq, author of The Elementary Particles and Platform, among others, has had a reputation for trying to seduce his female interviewers.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue