Even Dead People Do It

07 Sep

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex just went on top of my reading list. I’m never a good judge of these things but audio is possibly NSFW (also, some incidental bestiality) so get out those headphones.

[Ryan Sager via The Daily Dish]


Posted by on September 7, 2009 in Books, Video


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5 responses to “Even Dead People Do It

  1. Olé Olé Olé

    September 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Oh, much as I hate these conferences (of which I’ve had more than my fair share over the past few years), the TED is simply wonderful — its speakers are this healthy blend of academic and entertainment avant garde. I’d stumbled into this elitist heaven (“oh my God, there’s Steve Jobs” — who generally absconds even on Apple campus — or “Is that really Michael Moore”? and “Hey, it’s father-of-grunge David Carson!”) tailing my “Silicon Valley Mover-Shaker” ex-boss to (my first and only) one in Monterey last Feb, and recall that it had a topic (The Psycho-Biology of Mating) closely related that of your post.

    I’m unable to dig up that link though, but here’s an equally entertaining one, on something else of mutual interest: Amy Tan waxing tongue-in-cheek eloquent on the creative process. I particularly loved her mention of that childhood essay, “The Value of Nothing,” as I did, her cooked-up formula on how we “create”: W = {I-U}. Hilarious!

    Speaking of the “urge” to create (and, by extension, letting creative types simply be), there’s also this interesting track this year, from writer Elizabeth Gilbert. She throws our way some awe-inspiring anecdotes, e.g. this “awful” thing that field-worker poet Ruth Stone cheerfully “complained” of… of being “chased” by a poem as she bounded breathlessly to her cabin, lunged for a pen and paper, and “captured” it before it ran off in someone else’s direction!

    And more amusing ones like this writer guy (and can’t say I haven’t resorted to this myself, a million times) looking up, in derision, while driving, blurting out, “Sky, why don’t you go bother Leonard Cohen instead?…leave me alone… can’t you see I’m driving? Can’t jot down no notes.” A true testament to muse almost-always striking at the wrong time, no? And of course the “aging mortal with the bad knees” connection to the “Don’t break a leg” post from yesterday. Tee hee.

    • Amrita

      September 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm

      I’ve never actually been to one of these things but I’d heard all about them. Sadly, I saw Mary Roach on the Colbert Report a long time ago for another book and she wasn’t very good at all. Zero chemistry with him and she just giggled a lot if I remember – but this was good!

      I need to go look up all those other things! I’m a bit skeptical about Elizabeth Gilbert solely because a more annoying book than Eat Pray Love I have seldom read. Maybe it holds spcial meaning for the recently divorced because thats the only explanation I can think of for that book’s success.

      • Ole Ole Ole

        September 8, 2009 at 6:51 pm

        I’ve never really heard of Mary Roach until now; and though she’s good in this and all, I thought she could have dug in her heels a little less deep in the double-entendre department.

        About Elizabeth Gilbert, sweet Jesus, I wouldn’t be caught dead reading a book titled “Eat, Pray, Love.” And she’s recently divorced, eh? Don’t know about her at all except I’d seen her book on the Times list, without it so much as inciting a single curiosity cell. “Eat, Poop, Live” — now that would be the quintessential “Meaning of Life” book that would have me make a beeline for the book store!

        What I did like about her TED talk though is that it effortlessly echoed collective writerly sentiments.

  2. Ramsu

    September 9, 2009 at 3:02 am

    God in heaven! Where do you find these things? More importantly, why? Not that I’m complaining, mind you — that clip absolutely made my day!

    The TED talks never disappoint — there’s always something fantastic in just about every one of them that I’ve seen online. I wish I could attend it in person someday. But I didn’t really expect them to have something on this topic.


  3. Olé Olé Olé

    September 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Move over, Mary Roach. Marcy Darcy’s here! (To take the number count on that list up to 11, apparently.) Jeez, who would’ve thought giving a presentation could induce an orgasm? 😀

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