Although I had kind of become numb to what I was writing about, I was still aware that other people would be at least a little shocked. Abortion. Gangbang. Orgy. These are words that get people’s attention.
Erica Jong recently commented on the phenomenon of not paying writers for content, which she seems to think is getting worse. "Authors are blogging everywhere for free,” she said, “and it’s not a good development. They are starving.”
There seems to be something about the way brains are organized that puts the handy mental thesaurus on the same shelf as the box of self-doubt you reach for when you have to top the bowl of "why did I think writing for a living was a good idea?" that you're having for dinner.