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From the writer dubbed "a literary Lolita" by means of Vanity Fair comes the precise portrait of a tender actress stuck in a downward spiral of self-destruction. Edgy and humorous while, skinny epidermis offers a practical glimpse into the darkish and alluring global of reputation from the author who penned Namedropper whilst she used to be simply twenty-one.

Everyone thinks Ruby is gorgeous aside from Ruby, who's so hell-bent on being grotesque that she's pushed away the guy who loves her, the agent who swears he can have made her a celebrity, and the delectable male costar of her most modern venture, Mean humans Suck. in spite of everything, Ruby believes that what's occurring outdoors may still replicate what's at the within -- and within she's a multitude. Burned-out on the age of twenty, she's residing by myself in an international of motels and quick nutrients -- none of which she retains down -- haunted through the reminiscence of her formative years love, slicing herself, and tempted to copy her mother's tragic destiny. She must discover a new method of being....and quickly.

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From the writer dubbed "a literary Lolita" via self-importance reasonable comes the correct portrait of a tender actress stuck in a downward spiral of self-destruction. Edgy and humorous while, skinny epidermis presents a pragmatic glimpse into the darkish and alluring global of popularity from the author who penned Namedropper while she used to be simply twenty-one.

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Page 10 * Coming back to our own species, and the present-day environment, is there any way human females might wind up being the more aggressive sex? Sure. If, over the course of a number of generations, men should find strong, aggressive women sexy, and women should find sensitive, wimpy men sexy, these types of male-female pairings would become increasingly frequent. Assuming that aggression and wimpiness have a genetic component, then natural selection would tend to favor these types of men and women.

And here I thought sex was invented so amoebas wouldn't have to stay home alone with their Playboy magazines. What if everyone still looked alike? * How could we keep track of who was who? People of very different ages could obviously be distinguished. But even for people the same age, there would inevitably be some small environmentally based differences, and matters of personal preference--like how long you wore your hair, or whether you used deodorant. Even identical twins can usually be told apart by people who know them well.

Title. E47 1996 500--dc2095-18316 CIP British Cataloging-in-Publication information available Copyright © 1996 by Robert Ehrlich All rights reserved Published by Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey Composition by Windfall Software using ZzTEX Manufactured in the United States of America Contents Acknowledgments ix Chapter 1 - Introduction 1 What if we had a conversation? Chapter 2 - Sex 3 What if there were three sexes? What if species could interbreed? What if men had babies? What if males died right after mating?

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