I was reading American Psycho on the bus the other day, and during my ride I read through several fairly graphic scenes, alternating between the violent and sexual, and, if you’ve read the book, you’ll know what I mean when I say that they are evocative in one way or another.
And suddenly, as I was reading one of the more sexual scenes, I became aware that I was reading this surrounded by a bunch of commuters crammed around me. With eyes. That can probably read. And I looked back down at the page I was reading and some of the naughty naughty words that were thereupon printed suddenly seemed bigger and bolder than the others (including, but not limited to, one that rhymes with the name given to the smallest dog in a litter. And things were happening to it.). And I thought, “what if other people look over and read all of these naughty naughty words and get offended?”
But then I thought, “I’ve heard and seen some inappropriate stuff actually happen on MUNI,” so maybe it’s just the innate puritan in me trying to get out.
Leaving aside the magazines with the glossy pages and actual pictorial depictions of a graphic nature, is there any literary work that you think is off limits on the rails?