I had never had a coregasm and my sexual expectations conformed to widely held, government-sanctioned ideals.
February 20, 2013
Both Maria Wyeth and Katniss Everdeen have had nasty experiences that have demystified the empty narratives of success.
In America, Practical Criticism came to be known as “close reading,” and later came to be known as New Criticism.
We were led to an elevator past tanks filled with pulsing jellyfish lit a glowing indigo. The elevator went down to the basement area where the spa was, and when the door slid open an impossibly tall drag queen greeted us, dressed only in white towels except for the diamonds that twinkled from her earlobes.
He was directed to take a second test, one he could only recall later as assessing one’s aptitude in “general culture.” This, too, he passed. Finally the government told the remaining fifteen students what the tests were for. With an air of great benevolence and gravity, a functionary from the Ministry of Work told Gabriel he would be working in the movies.