Item description for Poop Culture: How America is Shaped by its Grossest National Product by Dave Praeger...
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 PoopReport.com.
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.”
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Feral House
ISBN 193259521X ISBN13 9781932595215
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More About Dave Praeger
Praeger is the webmaster of PoopReport.com. This is his first book.
Reviews - What do customers think about Poop Culture: How America is Shaped by its Grossest National Product?
Poop Culture Aug 30, 2008
Oh, what can I say about Poop Culture? I LOVED reading this book! The authors writing style is humorous (but in a tactful, respectful way given the subject). The approach to writing about poop was handled in such a great way, it avoids all the pitfalls that come with the topic. No gross, sophmoric humor, but Dave Praeger also doesn't beat around the bush when talking about the actual mechanism of our alimentary canal.
It is such a well written book. I especially love his insights on the psychology of pooping, and our attitudes through the ages towards this very unifying bodily function.
I highly recommend this book. HIGHLY!
I Never Knew There Was So Much I Didn't Know About Poop Dec 2, 2007
I'll be honest. When I got this book, I mostly expected it to be a compilation of funny stories about poop void of any substance or usefulness (much like feces itself).
Alas, I found myself continually intrigued by Praeger's unique research, and in the end I found that I was surprised that I had learned so much regarding the subject. To say it changed my life might be overstating the fact, but it certainly did change the way I considered one constant aspect of it.
The book was also well written, educational and thoughtful without being dry or stuffy. And the humor in the book is well balanced, managing to be clever without being over-the-top.
Poop Culture is a fun, quick read, and you will learn more than you ever thought you would about crap. And that's a good thing.
Smart Poop Nov 12, 2007
Although this book contains a lot of humor, it also provides lessons on history, art, literature and environmental science. This is an enjoyable read, especially if you want to learn something. If you are looking for poop jokes, it's got some of those too, but that is not the book's primary focus. Some of the chapters read more like a college term paper, and sometimes the book is a little preachy when it comes to the environment, but overall, it's a good read.
The Review Aug 4, 2007
This is a very funny, well written book about a bizarre subject. I found myself laughing out loud......
Get a whiff of the knowledge within May 17, 2007
Once you pick it up and stick your nose in it, you will be permanently stained... with knowledge and insight!
This book is both entertaining and informative, and scientifically argues why no one else will touch the subject matter.
This makes the ideal gift: I handed my Poop Culture over to my mom, and she loved it.