And the winner of the worst writing of 2008 is ...
Garrison Spik, a 41-year-old communications director and writer, took top honors in San Jose State University's 26th annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with this opening sentence to a nonexistent novel:
"Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped 'Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N.J."'
On Youtube, in 5 parts: the 1993 documentary by Paul Athanas & Jay Rooney about residents of a Boston nursing home who became the stars of David Greenberger's wonderful Duplex Planet magazine. The film is a gently funny series of observations on our cultural fear of old age, documented in the course of interviews with 12 residents of the all-male Duplex facility in Jamaica Plain, NY MA.
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Well, now you need no longer live in darkness and confusion, as we present the scanned pages of a 1972 youth sex-education manual: A Boy Today...A Man Tomorrow. The cover is reproduced below, and the rest of the content after the jump.