I was re-reading Kathe Koja’s Skin tonight. I kept reminding myself that when she wrote it, her characters were not hip, and what they did was far out on the edge. There are still some extreme bits in the book, but much of it has entered mainstream consciousness in the last decade.

I remember when the book came out in the early 90s, a nipple piercing was unheard of in decent circles. Now MTV has made them ordinary. The edge of acceptability has moved, and if not for its age, Skin would be merely another hipster novel.

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