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On the Books: August 2

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Ever since investigative reporter Joe McGinniss rented the house next door, the Palins have avoided their front lawn.

Has sex disappeared from the British novel?! Onetime British poet laureate Andrew Motion thinks so. He told the Guardian, “It’s as if [writers] were paranoid about being nominated for the Bad Sex Award,” referring to one of the country’s more colorful literary prizes. The Guardian‘s piece comes with a list of “Literary Lust” milestones.

The man given access to the manuscripts of J.G. Ballard—author of Crash—reports on what he’s found thus far.