“Naked Came the Stranger”

While reading Time Magazine, I came across this obituary.

He wanted to prove a point about bad taste, and he did it very well. Though Newsday columnist Mike McGrady, who died May 13 at 78, won an Overseas Press Club award for his dispatches from Vietnam, he will always be remembered too as the orchestrator of the 1969 literary hoax Naked Came the Stranger. A cringe-inducing naughty-housewife novel “by Penelope Ashe,” it was actually the work of McGrady and his newsroom buddies. Meant as a parody of trashy best sellers, it quickly became one. “Some of the chapters were much too good,” a bemused McGrady told Time after the truth came out. “I had to work like hell to make them bad enough to use.”

Sound familiar?

The cover art is fabulous.

Naked Came the Stranger is out of print now. You can buy copies via Amazon users, but it will cost you.

Meanwhile the Fifty Shades phenomenon continues. Publishers’ Marketplace shared this news Monday:

Lori Perkins’s 50 WRITERS ON 50 SHADES OF GREY, an anthology by a panel of insiders – from the editor who first “discovered” Fifty Shades of Grey, to BDSM experts, erotica authors, feminists, romance writers, and a whole lot more – extending the conversation about the pop culture phenomenon that has captured the imaginations of so many, from the sexual politics and its fanfiction origins to what sets it apart from other erotic fiction and romance (and what doesn’t), to Leah Wilson at BenBella Books, for publication in December 2012, by Louise Fury at L. Perkins Agency

Let me know when you have had enough.

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