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Alissa Nutting on 'the grotesque and carnival'

Alissa Nutting, author of the story collection "Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls" -- whom we profiled last year -- spins out an interview with Monkeybicycle that's just as freewheeling and tartly insane as her fiction. Here she does some brainysexytalk:

Like Goldilocks’ porridge, your sexuality has to be not too hot and not too cold. There’s this message that women can be too old, too unattractive, too out of control, too restrained, too pear shaped, too all sorts of things to be “allowed” their sexuality. Just put on a cardigan or go eat some donuts and forget about whatever you’re feeling. I am not down with this. I write stories about aging cat ladies who want to get laid. Because there are aging cat ladies who want to get laid, and I really do not appreciate how their story isn’t told.

As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.