In his second column on university press books that have the potential to have crossover appeal to a general audience, Inside Higher Ed's Scott McLemee mentions Linda Williams's Screening Sex. Books on sex, McLemee writes, "always generate attention." He sums up Screening Sex: "Moving between personal recollections of how she responded to
particular films and in-depth cultural and historical analysis,
Williams begins with cinematic representations of the kiss — though the
book becomes considerably less chaste in very short order. Larry Flynt
used to do jail time for publishing things less explicit than some of
the movie stills in this book."