Thumbs up for How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster. Nonfiction.
I’m not going to pretend that I needed to read a book that’s Literary Symbolism 101. But it was funny, and I’m a sucker for funny. So not only did I get some good laughs, but I can now I can say wholeheartedly: if you, or a student of your acquaintance, needs a book on such a subject, this is the one to start with.
Ever try to write a sex scene? No, seriously. Tell you what: go try. In the interest of good taste, I’ll request that you limit yourself to members of the same species and for clarity that you limit yourself to a mere pair of participants, but aside from that, no restrictions. Let ’em do whatever you want. Then when you come back, in a day, in a week, in a month, you’ll have found out what most writers already know: describing two human beings engaging in the most intimate of shared acts is very nearly the least rewarding enterprise a writer can undertake.
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