Patterico's Pontifications

10/26/2006

Bombshell: Webb Novel Contains Fictional Passage Depicting Character Doing Something Illegal and Disgusting

Filed under: General,Politics — Patterico @ 10:18 pm

The latest big bombshell in the Webb-Allen race is that Webb wrote a novel containing a scene that depicts a man performing oral sex on a young boy.

Let’s stipulate that such practices are illegal and disgusting. However, this is a novel. All sorts of odd things happen in novels. Creative people need freedom to let their imaginations run wild without having people assuming that every fictional scene is an expression of their internal desires.

Allah makes good points:

It’s an odd little vignette, to be sure, but the other characters seem as mystified by it as the reader is. The story’s about Vietnam; maybe he’s describing some obscure cultural practice that he encountered there. Or, just maybe, he made it up. Have we actually reached the point where Senate seats now turn on the sex scandals of fictional characters?

And also:

If George Allen had written this book, not only would the left be going berserk, they’d be circulating lists of characters in his other books whom they suspect of being gay.

Indeed to both.

Tell Us About Yourselves

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 7:05 am

In May of last year I asked readers to tell us a little something about themselves, including: city, country, age, gender, educational background, profession, hobbies, how you define yourselves politically, your favorite sites, and something interesting about yourself — especially something most people don’t know.

We have some new readers now, so it might be a good time to add to that thread. Go to the post and leave a comment, even if you usually don’t comment.


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