Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Phantom's Book Round-Up

 I read every day, and I hunt books down like a shepherd hunts sheep. I can't go anywhere without taking a book with me, even though I don't always read it. Books are comforting. They're someone's imagination and knowledge knocked up into a neat package. What a privilege it is to swim in the mind of another.

These are a cross section of books recently experienced.

Trevor Brown's Black and White (Timeless; 2011), with a foreword by Romain Slocomb, is a superb collection of the artist's non-color works.

Brown's work is confronting, sublime, beautiful and intensely erotic.

Not one to pass up if you're inclined towards the raw and savagely sensual.

Easily the best book I've read recently about the sexual mind and the genesis of an array of paraphilias. 

I walked away with a very different perspective on the forces that shape us.

Money has done exceptional clinical and research work in the field of development sexology (I also recommend his excellent Venuses Penuses: Sexology, Sexosophy, and Exigency Theory), and here delivers one of his most enlightening arguments here.

There is an excellent chapter on John Harvey Kellogg, the miserable fuck who invented 'Corn Flakes' as an anti-masturbation food. Kellogg was degeneracy theory's fiercest anti-masturbation advocate. To stop boys from masturbating, this dangerous fool recommended sewing up the foreskin with silver wire and did not oppose circumcision without anesthesia; to prevent girls masturbating, he recommended burning out the clitoris with carbolic acid(!). A successor to the Reverend Sylvester Graham (purveyor of Graham crackers and the public's first crusader for degeneracy theory), Kellogg believed that substituting meat with cereals and nuts would retard the sexual impulse.

Not a surprise that his company later sold 'Fruit Loops', a cereal containing enough sugar to kill any human impulse or organ.

For die-hard Who fans only, a thorough and exhaustive study of the Daleks from go (in the early 60's) to wo (now).

More than you ever wanted to know about Bronson and the Death Wish movies. Extensively researched chapters on each movie cover pre-production, production, critical reaction, and the sometimes mind-boggling shenanigans behind the financing and distribution. 

Charlie, it's revealed, didn't have much love for the films after the first one, but sure loved the staggering pay checks.

As someone who is reasonably obsessed with health and fitness, this is a Holy Grail of research on the subject the title implies. Extremely detailed, it focuses on teeth and what they tell us about a society's nutritional habits. 

Although first published in 1939, its theories and recommendations are as current as tomorrow's newspaper.

Jaycee Dugard, kidnapped and held prisoner in a California backyard for eighteen years by the psychotic Phillip Garrido, who also impregnated her twice, tells a shattering story of survival in her own words.

Interesting how adaptation and acceptance became her survival mechanisms. 

The mundane rendered hysterical by a master wordsmith. Also try Platform.


  1. I love your taste in books and I plan on purchasing at least a couple of these (Lovemaps and Nutrition). Thank as always, Phantom Man!

  2. You wouldn't happen to have a copy of Hellhound, the novel Baxter was based off of, would you?


  3. Soiled -- you bet I have it... as 'Baxter". It's one of my favorite books of all time.

    Cover art here:

    'Elizabeth', by same author, is also a must-read.


    Diary -- Thanks, Milky. Glad you're finding something of interest here.

  4. :)thank you for sharing this selection..i am a list man so i always enjoy when you post a list of goods that spark interests and so far you have an impeccable batting average to me.Lovemaps looks absolutely fascinating to me. Also ill really have to give that nutrition book a go sum time..on my travel to LA i was infected with you Cali folks love of healthy eating. Its really inspiring and something i need to focus on. which is opposite to the folks in my region. As for the Brown book ill have to order that sooner than later. i am assuming its on a limited run and i have a bad habit of holding off and missing out on books that i want.

  5. Anon -- I'm sure the Brown book is quite limited. As for Cali folks being healthy, it's a bit of a myth. There are some health-minded folks here, but I observe a level of junk food consumption that is pretty horrific. You should see the IN & OUT Drive-Thru at midnight! It's always packed. It's funny about IN & OUT -- people love it, but, hey, it's still junk, even if it's better quality junk. Animal fries? Enough fat to stop an elephant.

  6. :) yes you are right on that. my comment was generalized and presumptuous i think it was all the people i was around that were very health conscious there. I did notice maybe you have more healthy food options though do to the the volume of the city more organic stuff on menus and whole foods grocery and more than adequate farmers market that i went to. Just saying its inspiring to know that even in a crowded city that a person has plenty of options for a nutritious meal.