For popular culture mavens, there is really no substitute for the RE/Search series of guides and homages to various strange and wonderful components of the contemporary scene. In this volume, the subject is bodily fluids; fortunately (?) fluidity is not necessarily the same as liquidity here, as such chapter headings as "Feces," "Flatus," "Vomit," etc., attest. Lest the faint-of-stomach find these terms repellent, it must be noted that Spinrad's treatment of these subjects is detached and tasteful, so far as that is possible. Like previous RE/Search volumes (Incredibly Strange Music and Incredibly Strange Films, for instance), the book is both entertaining and informative. There is really no other place to find information on excreta in medicine and a biography of Thomas Crapper under the same cover with data from surveys of various personal excretory habits and a brief life of Joseph Pujol, the "Fartiste." The appended publications list and survey methodology and questionnaire comprise the icing on this, uh, cake. Mike Tribby --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Bringing bodily functions out of the (water) closet into polite conversation...This guide sparks a radical rethinking of our relationship with our bodies and Nature, humorously (and seriously) spanning the gamut of everything you ever wanted to know about bodily functions and excreta. Each bodily function is discussed from a variety of viewpoints: scientific, anthropological, historical, mythological, sociological, and artistic.
Topics include: constipation (such as its relationship to cornflakes and graham crackers!); the history and evolution of toilet-paper; farting (spotlighting the famous Joseph Pujol, a turn-of-the-century Fartiste who was so famous internationally for his fart-singing and comedy routines that a street was named after him in Paris); urine (including little-known facts about urinalysis); as well as many other engrossing topics.
As our culture undergoes profound transformation concerning its relationship with Nature and Earth, how can we realign with nature globally if we can't deal with our own excreta taboos and bodily functions? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I was very impressed by how fast the book came in the mail. The whole experience was easy and pleasant.Published on March 24, 2013 by Peter Anderson
I have known the author since pre-school. When I heard of this work it all made sense. Simple Genius!Published on January 1, 2005 by Jason Schwartz