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11:43 am - Things I read online on a Saturday morning in winter
Thanks to astrogirl: Alien retold from the point of view of Jonesy the cat.

Bigger on the inside: the anatomy of the clitoris ( longer paper with more diagrams here). Basically its structure matches what it feels like (big and internal), not what it looks like (wee little external).

The Top Ten books of various famous authors (mostly American)

Stephen King:

The Golden Argosy by Van H. Cartmell & Charles Grayson, editors (I think this is a cheat, it's an anthology)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
McTeague by Frank Norris (I don't know this)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
1984 by George Orwell
The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
Light in August by William Faulkner
Blood Merdian by Cormac McCarthy (good choice)

David Mitchell:

The Duel by Anton Chekhov
1984 by George Orwell
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Master & Margerita by Mikhail Bulgakov
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Labryinths by Jorge Luis Borges
W, or the Memory of Childhood by Georges Perec
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (I don't know this)

Karen Joy Fowler

Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Tale of the Genji by Lady Murasaki
Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Emma by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garci­a Marquez
Dubliners by James Joyce

I was surprised how many mentioned King Lear by the way, over other Shakespeare. I am with Fowler, I prefer Tempest and Midsummer Night's Dream, and of course my darling Coriolanus.

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Date:January 21st, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Fascinating - never knew the clitoris had that many nerve endings. I knew it had a lot internally, but hadn't known it encircled the vagina.
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Date:January 21st, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, complete news to me too
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Date:January 21st, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
Every time I think it's time to put away The Story of V (Catherine Blackledge, 2003) I have reason to refer to it again, since Blackledge wrote about vast internal dimensions of the clitoris in her book, with reference to earlier commentary on the same, e.g., Josephine Lowndes Sevely in Eve's Secrets (1987), in which Sevely states that her work is a re-appraisal of that of the C17 Dutch anatomist Reinier de Graaf. Blackledge includes de Graaf's C17 drawings of the wishbone structure of the clitoris. So it seems that the size of the clitoris is something that gets re-discovered on a regular basis. Unlike the blogger in the first link, no, the internal dimensions and structure of the clitoris is not news to me. Blackledge's book is one I think every one with a vagina or interest in them should read, given the opportunity (I have bestowed it as a present on friends who have daughters). That picture in the blog post is quite beautiful, though.

I note Fowler's list includes five men and five women writers, unlike the others.
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Date:January 21st, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
I note Fowler's list includes five men and five women writers, unlike the others.

Also, noticeably fewer appearances by the devil and/or explorations of evil, which are rather prominent in the other two: Rushdie, Golding, Orwell; Orwell, Conrad, Bulgakov.
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Date:January 21st, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
I had heard something about it, but I didn't realise that so much was already known.

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