Three Lists About Sex

In his book Sex in Public: The Incarnation of Early Soviet Ideology, Eric Naiman provides some bizarre examples of the rhetoric used in the Soviet Union, during the 1920s, in order to discourage sex and desire. For instance Dr. M. Lemberg, writing in 1925, recommended five rules for “avoiding sexual stimulation”: Never drink alcohol. Sleep…

Top Ten Ways to Lose an Audience

Going to university means coming across things like this. Dedicated to us: students, citizens, spectators. We, the public. Here it goes: 10. Avoid eye contact. For example, looking at the screen. Remember: you crafted slides to augment what you say, not to replicate it.  Puzzled faces and hands raised are more important than being obsessively exhaustive. Plus: they…