Monday, November 09, 2009

Punked

Penelope Ashe was nomme de plume of award-winning Newsday reporter Mike McGrady and 24 colleagues who in the late 1960s set out to punk consumers by writing "Naked Came the Stranger," a bestselling, "tawdry" genre-fiction sexcapade. They eventually came clean when guilt set in over the scads of cash they were making off unsuspecting readers.

I'd like to give props to anybody who coughed up bucks for those "tawdry" books, and anyone still braving the condescension of folks like "Penelope Ashe," eager to equate the erotic in genre fiction with a) even poorer writing than one "generally expects" from mass-market novels, and b) low-brow tastes among readers and the authors who... READ MORE, BELLAS!
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2 comments:

Caridad Pineiro said...

Didn't know that about the Ashe books. Very interesting. I wonder if you could pull off a ruse like that today. Congrats to katsRus on the contest win!

Jill Kemerer said...

Wow, I didn't know about this. What an interesting post. I think our society is very open to sex, maybe even obsessed with it, and that writers fill niches that open up. Maybe it's all due to Penelope Ashe ;)