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The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 11 and Last: In Which Our Narrator Dispenses Parting Cliches

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 11 and Last: In Which Our Narrator Dispenses Parting Cliches

As this, “Manage Expectations,” is the final step, one might be tempted to think that a great denouement might loom.  Some things do actually change, but most things don’t.  We open with the various denizens of the mansion in Hollywood holding a housemeeting to mediate between Herbal and Mystery with regard to Katya, Mystery’s ex-wife who is now dating Herbal.   Mystery is ... »

50 shades of fail chapter 4 : Where friends are bad friends and stalking is somehow romantic.

50 shades of fail chapter 4 : Where friends are bad friends and stalking is somehow romantic.

Content Warning: This post has a fairly graphic description of sexual harassment within it and as usual is discussing 50 Shades of Grey which is rife with abusive behaviour including stalking. The last time I wrote I left you with the breathtakingly romantic image of Ana clutched in Grey’s arms after nearly being run over by a cyclist. In the arms of Grey, their faces inches apart and she st... »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 10: In Which Critical Thinking Would be Better than Mindlessly Following Directions and Making Assumptions

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 10: In Which Critical Thinking Would be Better than Mindlessly Following Directions and Making Assumptions

After all the foreboding of doominess in the last step, one would have thought that step 10 (Blast Last Minute Resistance–it’s a euphemism for rape) would find the den of internet libertines in their $50k/month mansion in Hollywood in a slightly different situation than the last step.  One would, however, be wrong.  Everyone is still in their mansion which, according to Style, is desce... »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 9: In Which Our Narrator Blames Everything on a Woman and is Horrified by Mental Illness

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 9: In Which Our Narrator Blames Everything on a Woman and is Horrified by Mental Illness

Remember how last step Style was explaining the tensions in the house full of internet Don Juans?  Forget all that.  “It took just one woman to bring Project Hollywood down.”  Style then describes Katya, the woman in question, though he immediately reverts to calling her a girl, as in “standard-issue party girl” and foreshadows how she is going to destroy the merry band of ... »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 8: In Which our Narrator Dislikes his Housemates and Falls Prey to Consistency Bias

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 8: In Which our Narrator Dislikes his Housemates and Falls Prey to Consistency Bias

Trigger warning: discussions of taking photos of sex without permission. Sexy photos, taking and distribution of, without permission, is what I would consider a sex crime. See Jennifer Lawrence for more. Other than that, it’s just generally kind of a tawdry and creepy sort of step, this, so if you don’t want to read further, here’s a picture of my cat with a giant stuffed unicorn... »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 7: In Which Our Narrator Mistakes Familiarity with Flim-Flam for Strength of Character

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 7: In Which Our Narrator Mistakes Familiarity with Flim-Flam for Strength of Character

Our bloody fabulous editor Mindy brought this article to my attention.  It confirmed my impression from reading The Game that the type of people who attend workshops given by internet libertines are looking for some, any, social skills and the whole thing is rather sad.  It also points out some shortcomings in the way that people are socialized.  It is my remembrance and observation that small chi... »

Depending on What you Mean by Love

Depending on What you Mean by Love

There’s a great line in Madama Butterfly, after Pinkerton is asked if he actually loves his newly purchased (literally, for 100 yen) Japanese wife, and he replies “Well, it depends on what you mean by love.”   Of course, the point is to continue to illustrate what a truly terrible person Pinkerton is, but it’s actually a point to keep in mind.  What it means to love can var... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 6: In Which an Opportunity for Research and Plot Development is Lost

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 6: In Which an Opportunity for Research and Plot Development is Lost

I am so sorry, darlings.  I have not posted in quite a while about this book, and one might think, given the developments at the end of the last section, that something of breathtaking interestingness would be happening soon.  One would, however, be wrong.  In Step 6 (Create an Emotional Connection) our narrator brags about the women he has seduced, talks about the emotional problems of his guru M... »

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