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I was curious as to what is defined as a "filthy book " by choke66.

It made me think of a book I found once when I had to take timeout in my parents' bathroom.

Back when we were still given a choice between a timeout or a spanking. Before my mom decided she didn't need an excuse to hit us. Thinking I should have taken the spanking over the timeout that seemed like hours, it may have been.

I had to stand on the toilet to reach the windowsill, not tall enough to see outside to pass the time. I couldn't have been over 9 yrs old at the time, because I only remember Crystal, and I don't think Morgan had been born yet.

It was an old dime store paperback, no pictures, not particularly interesting at first. After enough timeouts, I began reading it to pass the time. I don't recall what the plot was (or if there even was one).

The main things I do remember was:
ONE: the handyman seduced a mild-mannered housewife
TWO: the housewife being convinced by the handyman to attend a swingers party, where SHE was the main attraction, along with some animal, maybe a large black dog.

I was confused more than anything else. What's a swinger?
I wasn't old enough to comprehend sex, and that parts of people's bodies can fit like a puzzle.


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Jul. 23rd, 2003 06:16 pm (UTC)
the title is "filth" by irvine welsh. im loving it at the moment. the main character is a real scumbag.
Jul. 23rd, 2003 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ah Hah!
Thanks for the explanation! It did get me thinking, obviously.

I am about to start reading Operation Shylock, which ossuarian recommended. Looks pretty intriguing....
Jul. 23rd, 2003 06:21 pm (UTC)
Early Memory
When I was in first grade, I heard someone mention sex. I asked a friend of my brother's (I think Johnny Fender) what sex was. He said, "It's when you go like this," and did a single, brief pelvic thrust by way of demonstration (this is a moment in my life I'd love to have on videotape, since I was five and he was seven).

This explanation would have baffled me if it inspired the slightest curiosity. As it was, I wrote it off as a boring adult craze. I told my brother a day or two later that Johnny Fender had told me what sex was, and my brother said, "I'm gonna kill him."
Jul. 23rd, 2003 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Early Memory
There was a boy who lived next door who always wanted to play "doctor". Funny thing was, it was usually when we were in our respective backyards, and he would try to encourage me to lie down alongside the chainlink fence.
I couldn't comprehend his fascination with this game, and how it could be interesting. Come on, he didn't even have a real stethoscope.

I never gave in!
Jul. 23rd, 2003 08:37 pm (UTC)
Recently, the supereme court decision ruling that Ulysses was pornography was explained to me. The standard of the time was that the work had to "appeal purely to the prurient interests".

For anyone who hasn't read it, Ulysses is a 500 page book detailing the events of a single day. It's also loosely, allegorically based on The Odyssey. It's also a satire of Irish political ideas of the time. It changes genres with every chapter. Saying it "appeals purely to the prurient interests" is like saying there's no possible use for a bandsaw but to trim your toenails.

A man who abuses himself while turning the pages of Ulysses with his thumb is a very patient, very literary and a very, very sad man.

But who am I to talk? In high school, I did it while reading The Canterbury Tales, in the original Middle English, no less. This is not to be taken as a mark of my enthusiasm for untranslated Chaucer. I just wanted to see if anything would happen.

Though I can't deny I feel a little stirring when Zephyrus eke with his sweete breath.

(Okay, this last is probably one of those jokes that's only funny to me and probably way more than anyone wanted to know.)
Jul. 23rd, 2003 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Ulysses
Thanks for the cheer, all I remember is:

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

and that's it for me.
I couldn't get through the whole introduction successfully when I was in high school, why should I be able to now.
Jul. 23rd, 2003 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Ulysses
You stopped just short. The next line is "Whan Zephyrus eke with his swete breath, inspired hath in every holt and heeth."

High School English. They made us memorize that Senior year. Freshman year, I had:

It is; it is; hie hence, begone, away!
It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
straining harsh discords and unpleasant sharps.
Some say the lark makes sweet division
this is not so, for she divideth us.

And so on.
Jul. 23rd, 2003 10:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Ulysses
Speaking of pornography, I remember being forewarned that The Canterbury Tales were a bit racy.

I think it was just a ploy to get us to actually read the entire thing, instead of resorting to Cliff Notes. In retrospect, I feel fortunate that my parents were to poor to spend money on Cliff Notes (and it always seemed morally WRONG).
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