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Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product


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Is "The Origin of Feces" a Darwinian concern? Perhaps not, but it is the title to the preface of this tongue-in-cheek and unexpectedly revealing exploration of human behavior by the webmaster behind the popular

This book is not a history of poop, but a study of today. Its goal is to understand how poop affects us, how we view it, and why; to appreciate its impact from the moment it slides out of our anal sphincters to the moment it enters the sewage treatment plant; to explore how we've arrived at this strange discomfort and confusion about a natural product of our bodies; to see how this contradiction — the natural as unnatural-shapes our minds, relationships, environment, culture, economics, media, and art.

Paul Provenza, the director of The Aristocrats, says in his foreword: "It's shocking to think that a book about poop can be considered an act of courage. But it is. Most of us have knee-jerk responses to the topic that we are not even aware of. Attitudes that, like the awful stench of poop itself, permeate all of society and culture. This book has some very profound and beautiful things to say. It takes a dirty, smelly, unpleasant subject like shit and brings forth ideas that are empowering, dignifying and life affirming."


The unspoken impact of the last taboo care of the internet's well-travelled website.

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Tydirium, June 6, 2007 (view all comments by Tydirium)
Believe it or not, this is actually a very serious -- and very fascinating -- book. Yes, it's about poop. But what else does every single person relate to more? From that sense, there is no more important book for our times.

You will learn a lot from this book. Yes, it has its share of poop jokes. But where other books would make the jokes and move on, this makes the joke and plunges deeper.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.
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Praeger, Dave
Feral House
Provenza, Paul
Provenza, Paul
Multicultural Education
Popular Culture - General
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Sociology - General
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