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Poop culture : how America is shaped by its grossest national product

Author: Dave Praeger
Publisher: Los Angeles : Feral House, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Praeger, Dave.
Poop culture.
Los Angeles : Feral House, ©2007
(OCoLC)234086705
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dave Praeger
ISBN: 9781932595628 1932595627
OCLC Number: 658216513
Description: 1 online resource (229 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preliminaries; TABLE OF CONTENTS; FOREWORD; PREFACE: THE ORIGIN OF FECES; 1. HOW DO YOU DOO; 2. THE SHAMING OF THE POO; 3. RITES OF PASSAGE: TECHNIQUES AND TOOLS; 4. GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT: THE COSTS OF POOP; 5. HEADS AND TAILS: POOP & PSYCHOLOGY; 6. SIGNS OF THE HIND: THE SYMBOLIC MEANINGS OF POOP; 7. OF MOVEMENTS AND MEN: POOP IN ART; 8. THE MEDIUM IS THE MESS; 9. BROWN COMEDY: HUMOR, SATIRE, AND THE CARNIVALESQUE; 10. FREE YOUR HIND: THE TAO OF POO.
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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 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 weve arrived at this strange discomfort and confusion about a natural product of our bodies; to see how this contradictionthe natural as unnaturalshapes our minds, relationships, environment, culture, economics, media, and art. Paul Provenza, the director of The Aristocrats, says in his foreword: Its 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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