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Animal Rights and Pornography: Stories (Soft Skull ShortLit) [Paperback]

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Item description for Animal Rights and Pornography: Stories (Soft Skull ShortLit) by J. Eric Miller...

J. Eric Miller grew up in a cabin in the woods of Colorado. That experience of silence, darkness, and depth is evident throughout the stories in this book. Typical is "Invisible Fish," in which a night clerk in a mall pet store tortures the animals at night. Dumbfounded, the storeowners bludgeon to death a chimpanzee, the only animal in the store they imagine is capable of such atrocities. An entry in the new series Soft Skull ShortLit --- Pocket Books for a New World, this book deals with the strange and often violent manifestations of desire with an eye to deconstructing and diffusing them. These are edgy short stories that explore the boundless human capacity for cruelty.

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Pages   100
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 4.5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 22, 2004
Publisher   Soft Skull Press
ISBN  1932360336  
ISBN13  9781932360332  

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Thought provoking excerpts from a subconcious  May 27, 2006
A collection of short stories that combine great writing and thought provoking ideas. A unique exploration that leaves the reader still immersed in the stories themes long after having put the book down. There is a reality of truth that flows through the stories which are at times beyond belief. This is made possible by the universal themes of domination, pride and others. A great read that gets the highest recommendation. Review  Aug 25, 2005
If the title of this book suggests to you a series of essays with a clear moral or other sound ponderings which will move you to make some activist stand, you're mistaken.

It is, however, a book that will return you to the days of hiding under the covers, flashlight in hand, reading things you ought not to. Only this time, you wish your mother would walk in & catch you, so you would stop. She's right, this stuff will give you nightmares.

With taboo topics such as incest, rape & slaughter, you'll feel that if anyone were to see you reading this material, you'd deserve nothing less than a spanking & a weekend grounded to your room. And the grounding would be the worst part ~ This book makes you wish you were in a place full of people & distractions so you would have an easy way to avoid the images & feelings in your head. Then again, it may make you wonder about all the people around you, and what stories they could tell. Maybe you're better off at home, alone, after all...

If this sounds like I hated the book, think again ~ I just interviewed the author!

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rollercoster  Jan 10, 2005
This book was amazingly emotionally compact. It was a mental rollercoaster. Having a wide range of intense and disturbing explicit stories that read deeper than the number of pages. Never boring.
Tight & Sexy  Aug 16, 2004
Perverse. There's a 'Clockwork Orange' sense of forced exposure here, leaving the reader feeling something like a violent loss of innocence upon finishing the book. Poignant and sharp throughout: writing elegant, the voice unassuming and without affectation -- a difficult feat carried off rather marvelously. Dominant to most of the stories is a feeling of helplessness, sexual and otherwise (don't miss "The Space Between Us" or "Mercy Killer II"), and while there is tenderness and a loving touch here as well, they're reserved for the characters of purity -- all animals (in one case, a fur coat).

A unique combination of themes. As soon as I finished reading I started looking for more by this author. Highest recommendation.
it made me think hard  Aug 12, 2004
Yes, it made me think. But it made me think about things I don't really want to think about. A female friend of mine gave this to me and said she found some of the stories "a turn on". I don't see how that could be as they were all but a few pretty twisted and somewhat mean spirited. The author is trying to make a point about animal suffering and human suffering. I tried to get more insight into it by visiting his web site, which was interesting but didn't elaborate. There was a link to a review that helped put the collection in some kind of perspective. I'm not sure even yet I got out of it the point I was supposed to get, but I recommend it anyway because it really got in my mind, especially a few of the stories like "Food Chain" and "John School" and "In the Pride of Lions". I recommend it the way I'd recommend doing anything dangerous. You don't always want to be in that position and you ought to be in the right frame of mind before you go there. But going there I think is somewhat interesting. I was reading this on a plane and was very careful not to let the person on each side of me see the text. I guess that tells you something.

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