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Jack Murnighan

The Brief Wondrous Life of My Last Relationship: Are Men Genetically Coded to Cheat?

Rooting out the source of infidelity, using Junot Díaz as a guide. Men cheat — we can’t help ourselves, right? …

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Q&A: Daniel Bergner

A foot fetishist, a female sadist, a child molester and an amputee "devotee" — these are the protagonists of Danie…

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Two Girls, a Guy and a Plastic Syringe

 PERSONAL ESSAYS   In six months I'm going to be a father, and I can't wait to celebrate with the moms. Yes, mom…

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Bush in 2003!

 OPINIONS I vote Bush. Not curious George in 2004 or Jeb for Florida governor, but bush — muff; snatch; giant, unshaved,…

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The Best of Jack’s Naughty Bits

Over the four years that I wrote my column Jack’s Naughty Bits, I began and ended with a few lines of Dante’s Inferno …

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Dante

Alas! What boots it with uncessant care To tend the homely slighted shepherd’s trade, And strictly meditate the thankless mu…

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One Man’s Anime

 DISPATCHES          I like watching other people’s porn. As a porn tourist, yo…

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Mark Leyner, Et Tu, Babe

Every blue moon or so, when I’m feeling especially bold, I poll my various male friends in an attempt to find out if one or …

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Matthew Lewis, The Monk

My innocence got swiped rather late. The summer after my senior year of high school, I finally had sex, but thinking back, that wa…

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Anne Sexton, “Knee Song”

Thirty-two years I’ve been alive, half of them spent looking for love. My reading this week has brought me to a new clarity,…

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Mario Vargas Llosa, Part Two

God, it is said, is in the details. It is a curse of consciousness that, in order to be able to process the data of everything tha…

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Roots

 FICTION I heard them talking about it. Through the wall, I could hear her yelling, saying how if he didn’t like it, he…

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Rooster

 FICTION    My wife is dead; with her dies all the guilt, most of the joy, all the wonder that remained. Dead, she&…

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Frank O’Hara, “Poem”

In her famous 1970’s poem, “The Moon is Always Female,” Marge Piercy looks up into the night sky, then down into…

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Emmanuelle

Long live transportation sex. Mile-High lavatory love, greased rail train sex, backseat cab coitus, hummers while driving (even if…

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Ephelia, “Love’s First Approach”

Tell me, lovers, when do you know? A lot of “Love at first ___ ” phrases get volleyed about: first sight, first kiss, …

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Philip Roth, Sabbath’s Theater, Part Two

I don’t recall ever having been caught masturbating, but I’m not sure that means I never have been. I remember in high…

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: John Cheever, The Falconer, Part Two

I‘ve never asked another man if he looks. I don’t normally, but sometimes I sneak a quick peak. It’s hard not to…

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Alegria

Many years ago, in a used bookstore in Providence, I came across a tiny little volume of poetry called Instructions for Undressing…

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Jack’s Naughty Bits: Silentiarius

 In my last column, I attempted to explain mankind’s desire for a certain amount of tantalization, arguing in the proce…

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