"Think about the title: circuses are themselves kind of relics of another era, tinged as they are with fear, cruelty and terrifyingly unpredictable clowns," Stein writes about the Church Mailer memoir. True, the death-defying trapeze of promiscuity has always seemed unpredictable and scary. But apparently, it's no longer considered fun.
Correction, April 15, 2010: This article originally misstated that Allison and Risman are at the University of Chicago, Illinois. (Return to the corrected sentence.)