At first Southwood, who considered herself a sexually liberated and progressive minded woman, thought she could handle her fiancé's job assignment. However, she quickly realized how messy love could be when she spent her days at home, searching for jobs and planning a wedding while Robbie dodged body fluids on porn sets and scouted locations at all-inclusive sex resorts.
Although the experience jeopardized her relationship, it also gave her an idea. Just as Robbie had used porn to build his professional credits, Southwood would use the experience to launch her literary career. The resulting memoir, Prude, tells the story of a young couple forced to reexamine their notions of sex and love through the lens of the adult industry.
This year's winner was Manil Suri's novel The City of Devi. The sex scene that earned Suri the win involved a husband and wife, and a young gay Muslim named Jaz:
Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands — only Karun's body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice.
Suri had some stiff competition. Below are excerpts from all of this year's nominees.
Kids today — lucky little, um ... darlings — don't have to miss out. Festivities in Clearwater and St. Pete offer real snow to cavort in, and Tampa has its share of Florida-style holiday fun too tonight and tomorrow.
I was attending San Francisco State University in 1985 when shantytowns were created on the campus, a form of continuing anti-apartheid protests that rocked college campuses across the country opposing the U.S's support of the racist policies of the South African government. I'm not even sure why it took until that year for the resistance to break out in America, but it did in a big way, and it was an electrifying moment for our generation, many of whom were looking for a cause greater than themselves.
Full divestment was the term used back then, and slowly but surely, university systems began divesting their investment portfolios that included stock in companies that did business with the P. W. Botha-led government.
It would be five more years before Nelson Mandela was finally freed at the age of 71. Although I did not attend, I certainly remembered when he spoke at the Oakland Coliseum in the summer of 1990. The Stadium, home to A's and Raiders games and classic concerts, was packed to the gills with 58,000 people in attendance simply to hear this international icon talk about his new life as a free man. It was the last stop in an eight-city tour of some of America's biggest cities, and it was memorable.
Although he lost 27 years of his life stuck in a small prison cell, he lived 23 years more as a free man and for five years became the president of South Africa. His mark on this world will never be forgotten.
Now on to more frankly pedestrian matters.
Well, they may not even be sure how it happened, but the Tampa City Council ended up facing a hostile crowd in their chambers yesterday paranoid that all of the drinking establishments in this town were all of a sudden going to start getting massively conservative, with a proposed ordinance that could have seen a certain number of them banned from serving booze after midnight. But that prospect did not happen, and likely won't in the future.
Today all of the candidates competing to replace the late Bill Young in Congress will meet up together for the first time at a candidates forum in St. Pete. Yesterday one of those candidates, Republican David Jolly, put on his first commercial ad of the nascent campaign - with former mayor Rick Baker in a featured role.
And speaking of St. Pete - there are a committed groups of activists tired of talking about the poverty rates in Midtown, and are willing to do something about it. Read about the Agenda 2020 plan in this week's CL.
The 5-2 vote against even convening a workshop on the matter came after the board received an overwhelmingly negative response from members of the public who spoke out today. Only Yolie Capin and Mary Mulhern supported moving forward.
David Jolley has become the first candidate in the race to succeed Bill Young in Congress to air a television ad, and he's prominently featuring his two biggest endorsement "gets" - former St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker and Young's surviving widow, Beverly.
Also featured in the ad are a couple of military veterans. Jolly told CL earlier this week that many wounded military veterans are good friends of his and that he would be using them in his first campaign ad. Congressman Young was well known for his strong advocacy of veterans and the military defense establishment.
This Thursday poses far too many options when it comes to music. In St. Pete, you've got the NOLA-bred eclectic rock brew of The Revivalists at Local 662, or the holiday-themed Cloak + Dagger show at The Bends, with special guest spinner Jesse Scotto.
The December edition of Rock the Park is headed up by Easter Island, an Athens/Atlanta five-piece that has, over the past few years, been drawing a healthy buzz for producing a mix of dreamy atmospheric pop and darker-tinged shoe-gazy rock as mysterious and majestic as their moniker suggests, and driven by the songwriting of co-leaders/brothers Eathan and Asher Paynewhich. Space-funk disco-slinging Displace and all-genre-fusing sextet Dropin Pickup add their own respective sounds to the bill. Rock the Park is held from 6 to 9:30 p.m., for free, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.
And as mentioned earlier, both of these shows are free. Check out a few tracks by Easter Island and Pompeya after the jump...
But that won't be happening. Or probably not. The freshman U.S. Senator from Massachusetts announced yesterday that she has no intention for running for higher office, at least not until she finishes up her first term, which isn't for five more years.
But as every article reporting on this development adds, a guy by the name of Barack Obama said the same thing early into his one and only term as Senator.
For the fifth year in a row, members of the Tampa Bay Lightning participated in Movember, a global movement which raises money and awareness for men’s health issues during the month of November.
Shortly after that, the county announced that it was working with non-profit organizations to transition to a new model for delivering assistance to the homeless. As part of this transition, the County’s Homeless Recovery Office will now close at the end of the year.