The New Nuke Porn

Ron Rosenbaum has a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful article in Slate today on the emerging, second generation “nuke porn” genre of airport fiction. Read it here.

“Nuke porn,” Rosenbaum explains, evokes the “excitement of arousal and buildup, the finger on the trigger as the world was brought to the trembling brink of a consciousness-obliterating climax.”  He continues, “The new nuke porn is hard-core, more graphic and full-frontal than the Cold War version of the genre. Instead of the anticipatory excitement (Fail-Safe, Strangelove) or the post-coital tristesse (On the Beach) of First Era nuke porn, we get real-time blast-burns and melting flesh. There was always an erotic component to apocalyptic literature—those end-of-the-world sects were notorious for their doom-fueled orgiastic behavior—but,” he observes, while the genre was once “looking forward to the approaching act or looking back on its consummation,” it now looks “directly at it.”

The article is full of new perspectives, and there is a pleasure in imagining all these tired travellers, 35k feet above, going into a winterized wasteland. Most amusing to note, perhaps, is a quote Rosenbaum gives us of a real orgasm during a Las Vegas blast, by way of Whitley Strieber:

One could say that a girl called Sally Glass feigned a moan of pleasure in the bed of a man whose soul was tired and found that the man’s face spattered her like hot grease.”

Enjoy.

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One Response to “The New Nuke Porn”

  1. Jamil Says:

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