Getting It On: A Condom Reader
Apparently I'm not the only one who felt that way. When I picked up Getting It On, A Condom Reader, edited by Mitch Robertson and Julia Dubner, I realized I was reading a collection of short stories not just about condoms, but about how they represent everything that sex and relationships have come to mean. It's funny how condoms propel us--in that defining moment--to think about and question so many of our assumptions.
The stories in this collection express the irony and complexity of this brief
moment. Thank God for the spectrum of possibilities that these editors have brought
together. What could have been an annoyingly one-sided politically correct anthology
is instead an honest portrayal of life and relationships. The assortment of writers,
including Martin Amis, Ann Rice, and Armistead Maupin, provides the whole gamut of
possibilities: from T. Corraghessan Boyle's "Modern Love," in which the
protagonist has taken a flying leap into the deep-end of sexual paranoia and insists
that she and her lover wear body condoms, to John Irving's excerpt from World According
to Garp in which we are reminded of sweet old "ignorant innocence," and
then all the way to the other end of the spectrum, with Binnie Kirshenbaum's "One
Place: Brooklyn Ts." In this story, the characters decide to throw all caution,
along with their condoms, to the wind, and
There are so many things we must contend with just to get a roll in the hay, a romp in the sack, to make loovve. This salacious collection reminds us just how much there is to deliberate, suddenly, in that moment when we have to stop and think about the condom, about getting it on, and indeed, what it means on a deeply personal level, to get it on.
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