Alternate worlds: in which a deadly disease also makes the infected extremely beautiful

Jane is infected with a disease that will kill her in a matter of weeks. It is incurable, no matter how hard the medical world has tried, and it kills in all cases, shriveling the internal organs into useless husks, and putting all the energy gained from this atrophy into reconstructing the afflicted's outward appearance. …

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Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

I am left wondering, about how the world perceives this book. This was not an erotic or romantic read. I can't think of any point a that I would describe as even slightly arousing. It is the story of a child rapist, who abducts and repeatedly assaults a child over the course of nearly three years. …

Word A Day: Cleistogamy

It's starting to seem like I should call this 'word every other day', but, onward regardless! Here is the next one: cleis·tog·a·my klīˈstäɡəmē/ noun BOTANY self-fertilization that occurs within a permanently closed flower. A word I have never heard, in any form! Botany is neat, and biology of all kinds. I think in another life …

Word A Day: Androgyne

Today's word is..... Pushes button... Androgyne  Definition: An hermaphrodite I wonder how long it will be before I get a word I don't know. This is a good word, though I haven't seen it used so often. Mostly I see 'androgynous' instead, used to describe something or someone without sexually defined features, but not necessarily having …