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On Facebook, Clive Barker just admitted he used to be a sex worker

He worked as a gay hustler until 1987. He'd had two novels and dozens of short stories published by then. Wow. Clive
Clive Barker My friend, you're right,it was a good time ; but there was a part of my life that I was still struggling to be free of ;a part I was afraid of sharing with you and Neil. I was a hustler. I worked mostly in London and a couple of times a year in New York.It was a secret that I wasn't ashamed of until I had a life I was able to be proud of. Then I felt like an utter fake.All these people who were so kind to me;what would they think of me if they knew just how very low the young man they thought they knew had fallen in order to keep shoes on his feet and food in his stomach? All the people who'd embraced me would kick me back into the darkness where I'd sold my cock and my hope for another,better life.I wrote about how empty i felt in the character of Gavin, the doomed hustler in the Books of Blood who was ,like me, an illusion,undeserving of the kindness and support I was so selflessly offered. I was still hustling until Weaveworld rewrote my life and I finally owned a self that I had imagined,and would now never be lost .

January 28, 2013

" For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn" was not written by Hemingway

I know people like to point to this title as the most perfect short story, but I can tell you from experience as a parent that a lot of kids never wear the shoes parents buy for them. For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn |
Quote Investigator: Ernest Hemingway died in 1961, and the earliest published evidence known to QI connecting him to this tale appeared in 1991. The author Peter Miller included a version of the anecdote in his book “Get Published! Get Produced!: A Literary Agent’s Tips on How to Sell Your Writing”. Miller stated that he was told the tale by a “well-established newspaper syndicator” circa 1974: 1 Apparently, Ernest Hemingway was lunching at Luchow’s with a number of writers and claimed that he could write a short story that was only six words long. Of course, the other writers balked. Hemingway told each of them to put ten dollars in the middle of the table; if he was wrong, he said, he’d match it. If he was right, he would keep the entire pot. He quickly wrote six words down on a napkin and passed it around; Papa won the bet. The words were “FOR SALE, BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN.” A beginning, a middle and an end! Advertisements closely matching the abbreviated text above did appear in classified sections over the decades. Here is an example published in 1906. Intriguingly, this section of short ads was labeled: Terse Tales of the Town: 2 For sale, baby carriage; never been used. Apply at this office. An interesting precursor reflecting the idea and the compressed format of the short-short story was printed in 1917 in a periodical aimed at writers and editors called “The Editor”.” William R. Kane published a piece about striving for originality when creating short stories. He outlined a tale about a grief-stricken wife who lost her baby. . . . .

January 25, 2013

All the Game of Thrones Fan Theories You Absolutely Need to Know

These are pretty fun. I especially like the theory about Tyrion being part Targaryen. All the Game of Thrones Fan Theories You Absolutely Need to Know
Who Are Jon Snow's Parents? It's the question every A Song of Ice and Fire readers asks themselves in book one, and never stops asking. The most prevalent theory is that Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, who abducted Eddard's siter Lyanna and the love of Robert Baratheon's life and inadvertently started the rebellion that deposed the Targaryens, had sex with Lyanna –- maybe consensually, maybe not –- and Lyanna died giving birth to Jon. Knowing that Jon would be in considerable danger if his half-Targaryen blood were revealed (remember, Robert was determined to kjill every last Targaryen on the planet), he pretended the boy was his own bastard, and took him to Winterfell, telling nobody the truth. Although Ned is incredibly secretive regarding Jon's parentage, he does remember making Lyanna a promise on her death bed, which was likely to keep Jon secret and safe. Jon's parentage seems likely to most readers – so likely, in fact, that some people believe it's too obvious to be true. Other fans have theorized that Jon is genuinely Ned's child, possibly with some random woman, or possibly with Ashara Dayne, whom Ned was rumored to love. The question is whether Ned's honor is great enough to have precluded him from fathering a bastard — certainly Catelyn and Ned's friends were shocked at the idea Ned had cheated –- and as shown in GoT, Ned is honorable to a fault. So it seems unlikely, although if he did lapse, his shame might be the reason he's so quiet about Jon's parentage. But if his mother is Ashara Dayne or some random wench, that doesn't really explain why he wouldn't at least tell Jon. Certainly, George R.R. Martin loves his head games, but the idea that Rhaegar and Lyanna are Jon';s true parents makes the most narrative sense. And it seems unlikely that Martin would be hinting at the mystery so much only to reveal Jon is just Ned's regular ol' bastard.