Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast Episode 12 - Transgressive Fiction: How Far is Too Far?

Every month, Unprintable will take an irreverent look at books, the publishing industry, reading, writing, and more; featuring the know-it-all geekery of LitReactor columnist and Podcast Editor Cath Murphy, Class Director Rob W. Hart, and Managing Editor Joshua Chaplinsky.


Episode 12 - Transgressive Fiction: How Far is Too Far?

Josh and Rob learn all about the mysteries of the female anatomy from a 13 year-old Jewish girl, Bret Easton Ellis once again ruffles the peacock's feathers, and Sookie Stackhouse fans turn on the gentle old woman who gave them so many years of reading pleasure. Also, we discover Cath does a pretty great Scottish accent.

Reads: Rob reads apocalyptic crime novel The Last Policeman, Cath contemplates feeding her kids plutonium to form an unholy League of Somebodies, and Josh relives the coked-out heyday of 70s American cinema with Easy Riders, Raging Bulls.

Topic: Transgressive fiction: how far is too far? Is it merely shock for shock's sake or is there an artistry behind the assault? Who dictates where the line is and when it has been crossed? Find out, as our intrepid podcasting trio dance around the subject like Baryshnikov with a bad ankle. Enjoy!

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Cath Murphy writes for a bunch of literary and film websites (where “bunch” isn’t quite as many as it sounds), offering unwanted opinions on anything that appears in her crosshairs. She is a co-host of Unprintable: The Official Podcast of LitReactor.com, and along with the fabulous Eve Harvey she also podcasts very rude stuff on Sluttylemon.

Rob W. Hart is the associate publisher for MysteriousPress.com. His short stories have appeared in Dogmatika, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Crime Factory, Thuglit, and Shotgun Honey, and he is the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella. He lives in New York City. You can find him on the interwebz at www.robwhart.com.

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He also writes for Twitch and has written for ChuckPalahniuk.net.


Special thanks to Gordon Highland for the intro and musical cues. Visit him at gordonhighland.com.

Image of League of Somebodies
Author: Samuel Sattin
Price: $18.95
Publisher: Dark Coast Press (2013)
Binding: Paperback, 400 pages
Image of The Last Policeman
Author: Ben H. Winters
Price: $7.29
Publisher: Quirk Books (2012)
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
Image of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Author: Peter Biskind
Price: $7.75
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (1999)
Binding: Paperback, 512 pages

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alexchap from Buford, GA is reading Tales of the Black Clock May 27, 2013 - 11:31pm

Anne Frank is dead? How about a spoiler alert.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this May 28, 2013 - 1:21pm

I wish there was a 'like' button on our comment boxes. Because I would give you one.

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SammyB from Las Vegas is reading currently too many to list June 1, 2013 - 1:32am

The Last Policeman sounds really awesome. It is probably nothing like it, but I really enjoyed the film Seeking a Friend at the End of the World. Examining humanity when they are faced with crisis/destruction is something I really enjoy.

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week June 18, 2013 - 12:32pm

I'm the first to point out flaws of so-called small town so-called values, but as someone from a rural southern town I am sometimes surprised at the enlightened sex education I grew up with. Sure, we were bombarded with the stereotypical images of venereal disease and such, but we were also taught that whether to have sex was a personal choice, and birth control methods were espoused as often as abstinence. While there might be some truth to the notion that sex education is stunted more frequently in southern areas, I think reality is subtler, more complex: sex education and the quality thereof depends on where you're educated, yes, yet is influenced not just by general region but by specific school.

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week June 18, 2013 - 1:23pm

By the way, I've read The Haunted Vagina, and it was thoroughly okayish. More whimsical, in its own way, than shocking. I had a sense of potential unfulfilled. Bizarro as a whole seems to be writ for laughs; the most it got from me is a smirk. [I would, however, love to do an audiobook for The Haunted Vagina.]

Also, though I have mixed feelings about Martin and Harris, the way some "fans" treat their "favorite" authors is truly disgusting.