October 15, 2003

This week's BART Book

I've re-resigned myself to public transit to ferry myself to and from the work place. The major benefit (aside from the lack of 3487 parking tickets) is that I get about 1.5 hours a day of uninterrupted reading time. Which means I get to recommend more books.

Now, the past year has been a busy one, so while I've kept adding to my library, I haven't actually been reading any of it, until now. I've begun to tear through my hoard of books (and it is quite a hoard).

This one "An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew About Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human Knowledge" by Richard Zacks is a doozey. It's one of those anthologies of thousands of nifty tidbits of information that will make you giggle and squirm... often uncomfortably.

Me and Richard go way back. I first read his "History Laid Bare: Love, Sex & Perversity" when I was living in New Orleans in the late 90's and working on the original incarnation of Sepulchritude & The Chapel Perilous. HLB had some great passages about Pietro Aretino, and Richard being one of the few authors to actually freely, willy nilly even, hand out his email address online, I wrote him for permission to include a passage on Aretino in my smut section, now Pornokrates.com. We got to chatting, one thing lead to another, and we began discussing decapitation, as I had just put up Decollete, and he was going to be including a passage about "The Heads of Auguste & Abel Pollet" and the Guillotine in his upcoming book.

Well, as it turns out "An Underground Eduction" is the book, and the lovely Auguste & Abel show their lovely mugs on the pages within.

In any case, if you like this site, and the crap we read, you'll love this book. I'm GLUED to it. I have to say I am impressed by Mr. Zach's restraint in some cases, and his research, not relying popular myth & hysteria because the story is cool. He even notably mentions that Lucrezia Borgia was not as bad as history has made her out to be. Thank you.

History, often, is better than fantasy.

Well, except where Tanith is concerned.

Posted by Kallisti at October 15, 2003 03:34 PM