I read, constantly. Since I don’t want to bore the world, one book review at a time, I started writing them up the way I read them, in short stacks of four…
3. The Girls – The writing in this book is lush, practically poetic. As an avid documentary watcher, I picked up all the parallels to the Manson cult and based how I thought of the girls in the book based on the pictures I’ve seen. Prepared for lots of sex, drugs, and gore, I was surprised how much this book focused on interpersonal relationships and mindset. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve been on a cult-related reading and streaming kick lately and this fit right in! Related titles: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk, The Manson Women (documentary).
- the sounds of swear words across different languages (and made up languages like Klingon, and swearing on television in Battlestar Galactica and Firefly)
- exploring the symbolism of swearing in sign language
- grammar & sub grammar rules for “profanity + friends”
- the relationship between swearing and brain science (tourette’s, in stroke patients, etc)
- cultural relativity of swearing and desensitivation
- the myth of profanity being linked to aggression
In high school my creative writing teacher told me I was too sheltered, and she encouraged me to buy a slang dictionary (***that was a cool moment***). I’ve had a somewhat academic fascination with swearing ever since. If you have any interest in language, and can buckle down for the hard parts, READ THIS BOOK. You’ll be amazed at the s@&#t you don’t know!
Stay tuned for my next review. My next Short Stack will include: The Gold Digger by Lena Nelson Dooley;The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History by Thor Hanson; Inferno by Dan Brown; Ponzi Supernova by Steve Fishman.