Saturday, December 03, 2005

Bedbugs Lure Van Patten into Vice and Bad Sex

See item 4. The leftmost picture was used for a Pet Press story. The shocked grimace in a yellow wig is actually from his company website. Reviewing many images, I perceive real indecision over whether to wear the rug. But what can we expect from someone like this astrological trainwreck?

1) I'm all over this bedbug story as DDT leverage. Two Swiss women are suing the Hotel Pennsylvania near Madison Square Garden for the week they endured the resident bedbugs' biting pestilence. The National Pest Management Association has helpful info such as the fact bedbugs "enjoy feeding on human blood" and tips like vacuuming out your luggage before bringing it back inside your home. Thanks.

2) The Literary Review award for Bad Sex in Fiction was launched in 1993 to "draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel." This year, the award's recipient is Giles Coren who described his character's coital member as "leaping around like a shower dropped in an empty bath." Of course, he means a handheld shower head, but perhaps only my Yankee brain took a moment to apprehend that. All the excerpts that under consideration are listed here.

3) Robert Clark Young's tale of vice- Brad Vice, PhD- includes rampant plagiarism and reciprocal butt-kissing at prominent, but insular writers' workshops before, during, and since Vice's dissertation. Should his subsequent awards for literary fiction and his degree be withdrawn? How many of these highbrow liars are out there?

4) Dick Van Patten is touting dog food good enough for humans to eat, and gobbled some himself to prove it.

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