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The Oral History Podcast, Episode 11: Our Sexual Education

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 11: Our Sexual Education

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss some of the books that helped shape our own sexual education and thinking over the years. This review of influential titles led us on some fascinating tangents, from female ejaculation, childhood masturbation, and curiosity versus competence when it comes to sexual prowess, to Gloria Steinem, […]

The 2015 Bad Sex in Fiction Award Shortlist
By November 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

The 2015 Bad Sex in Fiction Award Shortlist

Most of us view novelist/screenwriter George Pelecanos and former Smiths frontman-turned-solo artist/vegan crusader Morrissey as talented, and in many ways this is true. According to the Literary Review, however, all that talent doesn’t mean they know how to write about sex. The publication announced its shortlist for the 23rd annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award this week, with Pelecanos and Morrissey […]

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The Oral History Podcast, Episode 10: Illicit Relationships

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 10: Illicit Relationships

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss illicit relationships where there is a power differential between the people involved, as well as legal and social restrictions. Take a listen and share your thoughts or book recommendations on the topic, in the comments or via email: feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com. Click to subscribe in […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 9: Body Image

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 9: Body Image

This week’s episode is all about body image. While we had no problems discussing the issues of body image in our own lives, we did have difficulty finding YA books that dealt specifically with body image in the context of sex, which is why we only have four recommended titles this month instead of our usual […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 8: Cheating

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 8: Cheating

Welcome to The Oral History Podcast, with your author hosts Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian! A little bit about us. We’re both YA authors whose debut novels came out in 2013. We became acquainted via Twitter (Christa credits Daniel Kraus, though Carrie can’t remember the connection). After a flurry of emails, we graduated to phone conversations, during which […]

Two Writers Talk about Sex in YA Books: Brace Yourself for the Oral History Podcast!
By September 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Two Writers Talk about Sex in YA Books: Brace Yourself for the Oral History Podcast!

Jane and Joe American, listen up! We know your water cooler chit-chat has been occupied of late with discussions like “What does Adnan know about the Best Buy phone booth?!” and “Why is the president doing interviews in some dude’s garage?” That’s the magic of podcasts. Maybe because we usually plug the sound directly into our ear-holes, the voices can […]

Bad Sex Shortlist
By November 13, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Bad Sex Shortlist

The 22nd annual Bad Sex in Fiction award, lauded as “Britain’s most dreaded literary prize,” strikes again, among the victims, a host of high profile writers—former Pulitzer winner Michael Cunningham, previous Booker winner Ben Okri, prominent BBC journalist, Kirsty Wark, the lauded Haruki Murakami, and Richard Flanagan, for his Booker-winning novel The Narrow Road to the […]

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