The public's heated response to E. L. James's Fifty Shades trilogy seems to indicate that a book that speaks frankly and passionately about sex is a new invention. But the truth is there are many seductive titles that deserve to be rediscovered.
In the fast-expanding media world, choosing the right soundbite is a vital ingredient of any interview. Journalists need to bring color to their stories, and bland corporate speak is unlikely to please their editors.
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This is the kind of "novel "that plays by its own rules and offers something of obvious value to its mostly female readership. For the uninitiated it can be gloriously instructive and for the more mature it could offer a choice menu of self-help inspiration.
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Columnist Mitch Albom read Fifty Shades of Grey, and decided to write a column. In it, he laments the end of modesty in a world where programming like Cathouse and Girls play on television, but stresses that the problem is his alone.