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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Juno Books (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890451045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890451042
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ward VINE VOICE on July 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
The perfect mixture of scholarship and humor, this book, with its "icky" topic, is worthy of serious attention. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that the reason I love it most is that it makes me laugh-- on several occasions I laughed so hard that I woke up my wife, who was trying vainly to sleep next to me. As Spinrad's sources tell about their own habits regarding their precious bodily fluids, it's impossible not to recognize how much we share in regards to these daily substances-- and impossible not to laugh at how we treat these taboos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on April 15, 2007
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"No matter how ready your minds and souls are to live in an eternal abstract world of language, reason, truth, beauty, and card games, you're still trapped inside an aging meat machine," says author Paul Spinrad. While the book covers mucus, saliva, sweat, vomit, urine, pooting, poo, earwax, toe-cheese, and others, its main focus remains on poo.

How were things "handled" before toilet paper? Ever contemplate the history of the enema? Did you know that loose bowels were once treated with opium? Learn the story of Joseph Pujol, "The Fartiste", famous for his flatulence. Is vomit an "involuntary food review"? Drinking urine is a cure? An antiseptic? (the ammonia in unine) Did you know there's much more to mucus than just a few boogies?

How about bodily functions in literature (Shakespeare, The Marquis de Sade, Dante, Picasso, James Joyce, Mark Twain, Burroughs, Selby, and adding one of my own, modern writer Edward Lee), or in classic cinema? What is Cockle Bread? What about Freud's connection between poo and $exuality?

There are poo quotes from famous people from Shakespeare to Tiny Tim, an extensive look into the invention of the toilet, a glance at toilets across the world, poo in religion and folklore, and even poo in art. The world of poo is amazingly artistic and intellectual world. There's even a brief mention to the hilarious cartoon 'Ren & Stimpy' in the 'Art, Music, & Criticism' chapter, showing an elaborate research from ancient to modern references.

This book includes Spinrad's Survey Methodology, a copy of the survey itself, a detailed 'Recommended Reading' section, an extensive Bibliography, and a full Index. Unfortunately, there are no pictures, and I felt that a few pictures would have spiced up the book a little bit. At only 121 pages, the book is large sized but slim, making reading easy and enjoyable. So ... Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roland Hall (rhall@netmatters.co.uk) on January 30, 1999
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Spinraid is a genius and his guide to bodily fluids is totally brilliant. He deals with countless taboo subjects with a sanity and clarity that many 'mainstream' publishers would be proud of. Anyone with any vague interest in how their body secretes and excretes and the sociological aspects of bodily functions (think about it - that must be everyone in the whole world) should buy two copies of this book, because one copy of this magnificent tome will be stolen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Hoskins on January 15, 1998
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One of the best RE/Search books in the entire series, the Guide to Bodily Fluids is an expansive and educating tour into the dimly-lit areas of all the smelly, gross, and/or funny substances to emanate from humanity. A must-have for fans of toilet humor. Enough science to give the layperson a grounding in the intricacies of, say, why dogs eat their own dirt, and why some people think a cup of urine in the morning keeps the doctor away. A quirky chapter towards the end has some wonderful literary references to bodily fluids, though I was saddened to see my personal favorite--Sancho Panza's evacuation of his bowels from horseback, due to extreme terror, in "Don Quixote"--was missing. In each chapter are responses to a hilarious survey the author conducted to try and get to the bottom of such questions as "How many times a day do you pick your nose?" and "What kind of foods make you fart?" This book is equally at home on a bookshelf or next to the toilet, for those constipated times when you wish you could learn more about the subject. A triumph of learned comedy.
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