Tao Lin, as seen by Brea Souders
Canteen Asks: What’s the Hottest Thing You’ve Ever Read?
MY FAVORITE SEXUAL moment in literature—or maybe most memorable, because it seems to be what I keep thinking of, and what keeps returning to my thoughts, as I look at my bookshelf, remembering books I’ve read—is maybe all of Joe Matt’s SPENT, which, based on my memory, is one scene of a male character masturbating, alone in his room, to meticulously edited videotapes, of which he has a large collection, while thinking things about existence and his life and sex (and other things). It’s memorable, to me, I think, because I feel like masturbation is a strange, complicated, affecting thing—whose strangeness, in its harmlessness and universality and solitariness, feels almost inherently literary—that seems to be definitely a part of my life, and the lives of people I know, but I haven’t read many books that describe it in detail.
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