Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product

Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product

by Dave Praeger, Paul Provenza

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Overview

Is “The Origin of Feces” a Darwinian concern? Perhaps not, but it is the title to the preface of this tongue-in-cheek and unexpectedly revealing exploration of human behavior by the webmaster behind the popular PoopReport.com.

This book is not a history of poop, but a study of today. Its goal is to understand how poop affects us, how we view it, and why; to appreciate its impact from the moment it slides out of our anal sphincters to the moment it enters the sewage treatment plant; to explore how we’ve arrived at this strange discomfort and confusion about a natural product of our bodies; to see how this contradiction—the natural as unnatural—shapes our minds, relationships, environment, culture, economics, media, and art.

Paul Provenza, the director of The Aristocrats, says in his foreword: “It’s shocking to think that a book about poop can be considered an act of courage. But it is. Most of us have knee-jerk responses to the topic that we are not even aware of. Attitudes that, like the awful stench of poop itself, permeate all of society and culture. This book has some very profound and beautiful things to say. It takes a dirty, smelly, unpleasant subject like shit and brings forth ideas that are empowering, dignifying and life affirming.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932595628
Publisher: Feral House
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Praeger is the webmaster of PoopReport.com. This is his first book. Provenza is the director of the 2005 hit movie, "The Aristocrats." He is also the director of the upcoming movie, "Everybody Poops," based on the famous Taro Gomi children's book.

Table of Contents


Foreword     7
Preface: The Origin of Feces     11
How Do You Doo     17
The Shaming of the Poo     49
Rites of Passage: Techniques and Tools     65
Gross National Product: The Costs of Poop     89
Heads and Tails: Poop & Psychology     107
Signs of the Hind: The Symbolic Meanings of Poop     119
Of Movements and Men: Poop in Art     145
The Medium is the Mess     165
Brown Comedy: Humor, Satire, and the Carnivalesque     189
Free Your Hind: The Tao of Poo     207

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Poop Culture: How America is Shaped by its Grossest National Product 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice poop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poop poop the magical fruit the more you eat the more you poop the more you poop the better you feel so eat poop for every meal!SOOOO YUMMY!!!!!Take my advise it changes everything.No really it does HAHAHA!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poop's culture? People have a lot of free time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are all stupid. I know a kid who farted on santa's lap. Poor guy. His elves spent HOURS cleaning that pair of pants.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats up. :[)
JeroenBerndsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An often hilarious and sometimes insightfull documentation on the 'last taboo', poop. Not nearly as good as 'Kakafonie. Komrij's encyclopedie van de stront' and not nearly as scientific as Danny Lamarq's 'Het latrinaire gebeuren', but still a very good read for the interested person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paradise! U can eat it form it in a shape sqiush it or just leave it in da toilet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So does the guy who wrote the book look up poop? Maby he was pooping and he said oh there it is why thats some fine poop! Lol XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poop poop makes me shuffle yaaaa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pooped on my grandma te he
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey ur cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disturbing........ Very very VERY disturbing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Youre disturbing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anyone want to chat? :( - STARDUST
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So do i
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like poop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is very disturbing gwen sanders
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
B xxxz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I eat poop for every meal yummy