"expose yourself to it" - very poor choice of words Samuel.
I heard of Hogg from the Larry McCaffery 100 Best 20th Century Novels list where its the last book on the list, ranked #100 with the blurb "the most shocking book of the 20th century", so I just HAD to try it. I read it at around age 22, one of the first books I really read outside of a class. I have no idea if all that nihilistic ugliness and porn and nasty stuff would work on me today, but it did then, possibly for the same reasons Anerican Psycho did. The list also contained Dhalgren, which I found boring as hell and 900 pages long.