boy-chik Yiddish word for a young man with more chutzpah than brains. It's all about male-centered comic fiction, in the manner of P.G. Wodehouse, Peter De Vries (godfather of boychik) and more recent masters of the genre, Erik Tarloff (The Man Who Wrote the Book) and Peter Lefcourt (The Woody). Here's a place for commentary on this evolving form. You can buy Gerald's books from Amazon.com, bn.com, or your favorite bookseller in paper or ebook.
It's incredible and bewildering that now there are so many rules. I recently attended an all-day course given by the company attorney on sexual harassment. You can't say she has nice hair or she smells good. Go straight to jail! Here are some rules, and I didn't dream them up. It's the kind of thing the mass-media blogs do between hard-news stories. Make up rules. Rollo never thought of this when he said yes to Vivi when she so generously gave him an opening. http://shine.yahoo.com/love-sex/9-signs-handle-office-romance-182800693.html
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According to Rachel Kramer Bussel in her Daily Beast blog, there's a new genre emerging. Shall we call it gray lit? Main requirement, you have to be able to read above tenth-grade level, which automatically deselects a large portion of the younger population. A further consideration, of course, is whether you are able to read safely with corrective lenses. Kindle and iPad versions might not be as popular with this demographic as retro paper, at least not until the public libraries join the 21st century and actually start loaning them out for free. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/09/erotic-lit-your-grandmother-will-like.html