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By Catherine Keenan
Arielle Eckstut, 33, literary agent
Not long after her extraordinary discovery of the lost sex scenes of Jane Austen, Arielle Eckstut went on radio to discuss her find. She was joined by the president of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and a mysterious academic called Dr Elfrida Drummond. Both listened, enthralled, as Eckstut recounted the moment when, in a "grand manor" in Britain, she was battling to open an old window and accidentally dislodged a small wooden box that had been hidden there for almost two centuries.
Inside was something beyond imagining: pages and pages covered in an exacting hand, detailing sex scenes between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, Charlotte and Mr Collins, a not entirely successful encounter between Knightley and Churchill from Emma, and more. Austen, an author famed for her control over the unsaid, had apparently said it all, in explicit detail, but the scenes had been excised by a hidebound editor. Austen's heated correspondence with him was in the box, too.
A devotee of Austen's books, Eckstut was astonished and delighted by her discovery, and published a book, Pride and Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen. It was introduced by "the most conservative of all modern Austen scholars", the Oxford-based Drummond, who announced that Eckstut had taken the accepted picture of the great author and turned it on its head. The radio station was inundated with calls from people wanting to find out more, and Eckstut was contacted by a doctoral student at Oxford University, who said he couldn't find Dr Drummond listed on the faculty records. Could Eckstut please supply him with contact details?
Very gently - though with some satisfaction - Eckstut pointed out to the young man that the radio program was broadcast on April 1. Dr Elfrida Drummond was, she explained, a fictitious character played by Eckstut's husband. Eckstut has indeed published a book of sex scenes between the most famous of Austen's characters, but it is a parody, "a loving homage".
Mr Darcy hadn't really "put his hands on Elizabeth's breasts and pushed up each soft globe so that both were near escaping the rim of her chemise". And Austen certainly didn't write about Charlotte dressing up in one of Lady Catherine de Bourgh's old dresses, giving Mr Collins a sound whipping while he crouched on all fours barking "I have been very, very bad! May I please have another!"
The doctoral student was by no means the first to be taken in. "A number of editors called and thought it was the real thing," says Eckstut. "I like to try and keep them going for a little while, saying, 'Oh my God, it was so amazing when I found it'."
Are they embarrassed when they find out the truth? "Absolutely," she laughs.
Eckstut, 33, is a literary agent and no stranger to writing about sex. Her husband, David Sterry, was a gigolo in his teens and wrote a memoir, Chicken. She has written about sex - and about being married to an ex-gigolo - for various publications.
The idea for this book came from a friend. "He just said, off the cuff, 'Wouldn't it be hysterical if someone found the lost sex scenes of Jane Austen?"' Eckstut had been a fan of Austen since she received a hard-bound copy of Emma for her 11th, or possibly 12th, birthday. "And I still have that copy, and I used it to do the research for the book."
When she decided not to go on to graduate work, she thought she put paid to her dream of writing about Austen: without a PhD, no one would take her seriously. "So when I heard this, I was like, 'This is my opportunity'."
She spent six months rereading all Austen's books, some of the literary criticism and a biography. "Then I got very, very detailed, and I started making vocabulary lists of words that I saw that were used over and over again. I studied the way she put together a sentence."
It was daunting trying to imitate one of the greatest prose stylists in the language. "And I don't make any claims to have done it in any way near what Jane Austen did. As someone who had read the works over and over again, I did a decent job capturing that tone, but I think that it doesn't come near her work."
Still, the president of the Jane Austen Society of North America has endorsed the book as "wickedly funny". Not so other Austen fans, who have been outraged by the idea of an actual sex scene between Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy. Even Andrew Davies, famed for injecting sex into the classics, stopped short of that in his BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Just having Colin Firth emerge from the water in a clinging shirt was enough to cause palpitations in Austen's female fans across the globe.
"There's a lot of older ladies who read her as romance reading. And I think that sector across the world just thinks it's the most disgusting thing," Eckstut says.
She defends it as a homage to Austen's wit. "There's a rich tradition in English literature, from Pope to Swift up through the ages, where parody takes people's characters and turns them on their head."
A.S. Byatt had no truck with this line of argument, however, and condemned the book on BBC radio as intrusive, crass, "very, very third rate", and an insult to the imagination of readers. In a tone of patrician disdain, she intoned: "If you were a really good writer, you'd invent your own characters, and your own world, and your own scenes. I think it's the piggybacking I don't like. It's parasitical. It's like being a flea."
"Wow," Eckstut responded. "Good parodies have always made people angry." Pride and Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen, by Arielle Eckstut, is published by Canongate, $24.95.
"There's a lot of older ladies who read [Austen] as romance reading. And I think [they] just think it's the most disgusting thing."
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Character Reality not Fiction: NYPD: Empire State victims hit by police gunfire By TOM HAYS and VERENA DOBNIK | Associated Press
Bystanders and a police officer stand on Fifth Avenue to view the scene after a multiple shooting outside the Empire State Building, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in New York. At least four people were shot on Friday …more
NEW YORK (AP) — All nine people injured during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were wounded by gunfire from the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.
The veteran patrolmen who opened fire on the suit-clad gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, had only an instant to react when he whirled around and pointed a .45-caliber pistol at them as they approached him from behind on a busy sidewalk.
Officer Craig Matthews shot seven times, and Officer Robert Sinishtaj fired nine times, police said. Neither had ever fired their weapons before on a patrol.
The volley of gunfire felled Johnson in just a few seconds and left nine other people bleeding on the sidewalk.
In the initial chaos Friday, it wasn't clear whether Johnson or the officers were responsible for the trail of the wounded, but based on ballistic and other evidence, "it appears that all nine of the victims were struck either by fragments or by bullets fired by police," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters Saturday at a community event in Harlem.
Police officials have said the officers appeared to have no choice but to shoot Johnson, whose body had 10 bullet wounds in the chest, arms and legs.
The officers confronted Johnson as he walked, casually, down the street after gunning down a former co-worker on the sidewalk outside the office they once shared. The shooting happened at 9 a.m., as the neighborhood bustled with people arriving for work.
The gunman and his victim, Steve Ercolino, had a history of workplace squabbles before Johnson was laid off from their company, Hazan Import Corp., a year ago. At one point, the two men had grappled physically in an elevator.
John Koch, the property manager at the office building where the men worked, said security camera footage showed the two pushing and shoving. The tussle ended when Ercolino, a much larger man, pinned Johnson against the wall of the elevator by the throat, Koch said. Ercolino let him go after a few moments, and the two men went their separate ways.
"They didn't like each other," Koch said.
After shooting Ercolino, Johnson, an eccentric T-shirt designer and avid bird-watcher who wore a suit every day, even when photographing hawks in Central Park, walked away as if nothing had happened.
Alerted by a construction worker, officers Matthews and Sinishtaj gave chase as Johnson rounded a corner and walked along Fifth Avenue in front of the landmark skyscraper.
A security videotape from the scene shows several civilians — including three sitting on a bench only a few feet away — scattering as the officers opened fire.
Police have determined that three people were struck by whole bullets — two of which were removed from victims at the hospital — and the rest were grazed "by fragments of some sort," Kelly said.
Two women with leg wounds and a man with a wound to his buttocks required surgery and remained hospitalized Saturday. They were listed in stable condition.
Both Matthews, 39, and Sinishtaj, 40, joined the nation's largest police department 15 years ago.
Matthews had drawn attention this year by suing the New York Police Department, accusing his superiors of unfairly punishing him for not meeting arrest quotas. A judge threw out the complaint.
The union representing the two officers didn't immediately respond to a message left seeking comment.
The shooting didn't deter tourists from flocking to the Empire State Building as usual on Saturday.
Patricia Flynn, 57, a retired schoolteacher, visited the building's peak with her elderly mother, who once worked in the skyscraper as a secretary.
"But I didn't tell her what happened," said Flynn, adding that her mother was unaware of Friday's shooting. "And she really enjoyed the view."
A group of 31 tourists from France held a meeting Friday night at their nearby hotel to decide whether to cancel their planned Empire State Building visit.
"We were scared, and we thought it was a risk," said Catherine Krukar, 38, a teacher.
But in the end, they went ahead with the visit, she said after descending from the observation tower,
"We know it can happen anywhere, and we wanted to see the Empire State Building," Krukar said. "It was beautiful!"
Contributing to this report from New York were David B. Caruso, Colleen Long and the AP News Research Center.
What's the Big Idea?
If asked to imagine what prehistoric human sex was like, according to psychologist Christopher Ryan, most of us would conjure "the hackneyed image of the caveman, dragging a dazed woman by her hair with one hand, a club in the other..."
Ryan says this image is mistaken in every detail.
A much more likely picture of how it went down in prehistoric times was this: a caveman would quietly sit in the corner and watch another caveman have sex with a woman, patiently waiting his turn.
Apparently, prehistoric women were extraordinarily promiscuous, and like our primate ancestors, women are hard-wired to behave like chimps in the bedroom.
In his book, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origin of Modern Sexuality, Ryan offers a biological explanation for why we find monogamy so difficult today.
A male is interested in sex with one woman up until the point of orgasm, at which point he will immediately lose interest, fall asleep, or perhaps wonder off to find more action.
In other words, human males are, in important ways, sexually incompatible with human females, who are capable of multiple orgasms.
So what is the evolutionary advantage of this?
Take monogamy out of the equation, and the evolutionary logic becomes more evident. A woman can have multiple sexual partners. This may increase her chances of reproducing, and she needs to try it a lot to be successful. [Ancient Spartan women did this, contrary to the added infidelity fiction plot added to the film "300."] Compared to other animals, humans have an incredibly low rate of conception, based on the number of sexual acts we partake in. And so it is well that sex is so much fun for humans, because if that were not the case, we wouldn't have made it this far.
So just what does it mean to make love like a caveman? It means have a lot of sex, partaking in, as Ryan describes it, the "seven million years of primate promiscuity" that our ancestors so heartily embraced as a species. That's a lot of sex.
Watch Christopher Ryan explain the evolution of human sexuality here:
What's the Significance?
According to Ryan, if we took an honest look at our dysfunctional sexual lives today, this is what we would find: we are all victims of a well-intentioned Inquisition.
American society has responded to this crisis by inventing a 'marital-industrial complex' of couples therapy, "pharmaceutical hard-ons," sex advice columnists, and "creepy father-daughter purity cults.”
Viagra breaks sales records every year.
Pornography worldwide is a $100 billion business.
Ryan says we spend all of this money to compensate for a fundamental disconnect we have with our nature.
For instance, why is monogamy so difficult?
According to Ryan, we are biologically programmed against it.
It was not until the advent of agriculture that man developed a notion of private property, and had reason to feel jealous of a promiscuous mate. Culture invented monogamy, and with it marriage, cheating, and a sense of shame that surrounds our sexual selves.
Ryan is anything but a home-wrecker. His book offers no prescriptions for curing our disconnect with nature. What he does recommend, however, is that we lose this sense of shame we have when we feel or act certain ways that contradict our culture, but which are in perfect harmony with our sexual nature.
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Both genders stare equally hard at women’s body parts: study By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News | The Sideshow
A new scientific study has confirmed a generally assumed truth: Women are objectified far more than men. But in a surprising development, the study also found that men and women are both equally guilty of looking at women as a "collection of parts."
"We can't just pin this on the men. Women are perceiving women this way, too," Sarah Gervais, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the study's lead author, told Science Daily.
"It could be related to different motives. Men might be doing it because they're interested in potential mates, while women may do it as more of a comparison with themselves. But what we do know is that they're both doing it."
The study results were published in the European Journal of Social Psychology and examined the different ways people process images of men and women.
According to the study, men tend to be processed on a "global" level, in which their entire physical being is viewed as a whole. Women tend to be viewed much differently, by what the study calls "local" cognitive processing, in which women are measured as a collection of various body parts.
"Local processing underlies the way we think about objects: houses, cars and so on. But global processing should prevent us from that when it comes to people," Gervais told Science Daily.
"We don't break people down to their parts--except when it comes to women, which is really striking. Women were perceived in the same ways that objects are viewed."
But there is some form of equality at work.
Not only are men and women equally responsible for viewing women on this local level, but they are also objectifying all women, not just pretty, or big-busted or long-legged women.
Or as MTV News put it: "Essentially, when looking at a female, we all go into Terminator vision mode, honing in on specific parts of her body and assessing them."