ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Lover's Tongue: A Merry Romp Through
the Language of Love and Sex
By Mark Morton
Insomniac Press, 230 pages, $21.95
Mark Morton delves into the study of language, but not just
any language - sexual language. And isn't that the best kind?
With a title like The Lover's Tongue: A Merry Romp Through
the Language of Love and Sex , who wouldn't be tempted to pick
up this suitably crimson-covered novel? Morton devotes entire
chapters to stimulating subjects like words of desire, words
for breasts, even words for oral and anal sex.
An interesting section of the book, entitled "The Long
and the Short of it: Words for the Penis and its Attendant
Parts," consists of pages and pages of various words to
describe the penis. Why stick to tired words when this book
includes an alphabetical listing of synonyms: cum-slinger,
cunt stabber, Mr. Wong (likely named after a certain A&E editor)
and purple helmeted yogurt thrower, to name a few.
Conversely, the portion dedicated to the female region, "Down
in the Valley: Words for the Vagina, the Clitoris, et alia," merely
offers a handful of basic words, like twat and snatch.
If you want to learn about "Studs, Jades and Bitches" or "Strumpets,
Whores, Cheaters and Bastards," Morton will educate you
with his handy little handbook. However, his writing style
is not as engaging as the subject matter and one has to wonder
if the content will surpass the saturation point of most readers.
- Lori Mastronardi