Saturday, April 19, 2008


It's a common list to keep: your ideal dinner party guest list. Trying to balance who would work together conversationally, thematically. Seems like all my invitees would be authors - Bill Bryson, Neil Gaiman - and Mary Roach. I can't imagine a group that here sense of humor and take on life wouldn't fit into. Not one that I'd like to attend, anyway.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex is Roach's latest book, and continues kind of a theme. Her first book was Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, which she then followed up with Spook: Science tackles the Afterlife. Bodies, life after death, and sex - she knows how to pick her topics. Amazingly, she attacks them with a sense of humor that's refreshing whilre remaining tactful and respectful. At least that was the case in Stiff and Spook - in Bonk, she allows herself a bit more snarkiness. Sex is a little less touchy subject than the other two, and probably more deserving of a laugh. Especially deserving of note are her footnotes, where she really lets fly sometimes, and the interspersed U.S. Patent Office searches that she did for obscure sex-related apparatuses.

(Huh, spellcheck doesn't like "apparati." Oh well, it doesn't like "spellcheck" either...)

Book 23


SnowLeopard said...

Hmmm, not sure I want to be the first to comment on this book. A funny book about sex? Sounds worth it...

Anonymous said...

Spellcheck should just grow up sometimes.
A man walked into a bar and ordered a martinus. Tha bartender said "Don't you mean a martini?" Than man said if he'd wanted 2, he'd have said so.
Spellcheck did allow aslope for me this weekend, though.