I read Marie Calloway’s new book last week and wrote something about it:
In many ways, what purpose did I serve in your life reads like a dirty YA novel. It’s largely about first times — Marie’s first sex work, Marie’s first threesome — and Calloway exhibits a willful naïveté about all of it. The narrator is emotionally detached, but claims insecurities that sound more academic than genuine in the retelling. In between various seductions and trysts, she occasionally observes that she’s not happy with her looks. (“I caught a glimpse of my face in his vanity mirror and thought I looked trashy and hideous.”) And in between, she does a lot of wondering to herself: “I wondered if I was buzzed or if it was just my fever.” “I wondered why I was so anxious.” “I wondered if he would ask me to stop and fuck him.” “I wondered if I would be forced to give him head for an entire hour.” “I wondered what the hell he was doing.” For my part, I wondered if there was another way to convey one’s interior monologue.
I’m sending out SpiersList for June this evening, so if you have job postings you want me to include, please email them to me by 5pm. espiers AT gmail.
Here’s a thing I wrote for Medium on the dreaded question “What do you do?”:
Among the niceties and travails of meeting people for the first time, there’s no more loaded question than “What do you do?” I would almost prefer to respond to “What is your favorite sexual position?” or “How do you feel about your mother?” because people would be less likely to read into my answer.
I have European friends who loathe the question because they think it’s coded language that only means one thing: How much money do you make? But that’s only part of it. It means that, and several other things.
I’m looking for a social media analytics tool that will tell me how many referrals are coming into a site from a specific Twitter account. Everything I’ve looked at so far just has top line numbers and individual instances of mentions (with no indication of how many referrals that specific mention generates.) Does anyone know of an off-the-shelf product or service that does this? If so, I’d love a recommendation. espiers AT gmail.