A Clockwork Handjob (40 Days of Batches, Day One)

Here, for your reading pleasure, are the opening lines of Colin McGinn’s self-published novel, Bad Patches:

“No flat, no money, no girl. Shit. Shit. I’ve got piles of nothing here. Nothing: I’m loaded with that crap.

“…..How do I get them? – somewhere to live, something to spend, someone to fuck. You’ve got to have them, right; you can’t survive without them. Bare necessities, they call them (very fucking bare).”

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Some context:

Colin McGinn was, until recently, a philosophy professor at the University of Miami in sunny South Florida. He recently resigned amid allegations that e-mailing his graduate student research assistant to tell her that “he had been thinking about the student while masturbating” may have been in some way inappropriate.

While his recent academic work has been treated unkindly in certain quarters, it turns out that McGinn possess another talent. In 2012, he self-published a novel called Bad Patches.

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In a post on his increasingly fascinating blog, he muses on the similarities between his novel and A Clockwork Orange:

“Alex is a gleefully evil character who narrates his own depravity in unforgettable prose. My antihero Dave also narrates the less spectacular story of his merely poor character–in what I hope is pungently memorable prose….Was I writing another version of Clockwork Orange without being aware of it (Cockwork Blue)?”

Excellent question. You, dear reader, can be the judge.

The sample of pungently memorable prose provided at the beginning of this post was only the beginning.

Stay tuned for 39 more!

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4 thoughts on “A Clockwork Handjob (40 Days of Batches, Day One)

    1. So that’s in the “Space Trap”. Huh, it seems that Colin “Handjob” Mcginn has a fetish for writing about male genitalia that produce an odd cacophony of sounds…” mSo good, an orgasm, convulsive, full-throated, right up her cunt. She made some female noises as I whooshed it out…” something to look forward to readers of this blog!

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