Malin James is an essayist, blogger, and short story writer. Her work has appeared in Bust Magazine, MUTHA, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Medium, and elsewhere, as well as anthologies for Cleis and Sweetmeats Press. She believes in using sex as a lens through which to examine cultural assumptions, identity, literature, and the relationships people have, both to themselves and others.
A Bit More:
I learned about sex from books. It was awhile before experience caught up. By the time it had, Interview with a Vampire and gothic romances had given way to more explicitly erotic works – The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, Exit to Eden, The Story of O, as well as the work of Anais Nin and, most pivotally, Angela Carter.
These stories were something new – deeply personal narratives that knowingly walked the line between the mundane and profane. They were my first introduction to the relationship between sexuality and the psyche – between sex and the self – and it’s that relationship that I keep coming back to again and again in my work.
Sex can be joyful or painful, wholesome or filthy, or anything in between. The people involved determine what kind of sex is being had, far more than the physical act alone. The crack of a belt can be the sound of home. Missionary can be an emotional land mine. It all depends on who’s bringing what to the bed. Sex is possibly the most primal form of communication human beings have. That is what fascinates me – how people relate to each other, and themselves, through sex.
This post, The Goblin Market, expands on what I tend to be attracted to as both a reader and as a writer. There are stories and essays all over this site, but if you want to get a sense of what I do and how I think, that’s a good place to start. You can also check out the following:
For complete listings of all the fiction and nonfiction on this site, check out the Menu.
And for Malin’s off-the-cuff opinions on books, writing, current events and pretty much everything else, check out cleverboots.net.