Friday, November 17, 2006

Some Might Call Me Creepy

So, I recently finished my first recreational reading book, Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation, and left to my own devices as I received no recommendations from any readers, I decided to continue picking out my own books.

During lunch, I went to the very bottom level of the main library and had to move numerous bookshelves in order to get to my next selections: Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen.

This way, I can read about the stages of human decay (it's been awhile since my forensic pathology class, so I can use a refresher (ha! refresher!)) and then consider the changes that meat goes through as it's cooking.

Next up on my list: Elizabeth Royte's Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash.

P.S. My trip to the library was made worthwhile when the checkout girl laughed at the Roach book and said it looked fun.


have you read this book? said...

I like creepy. But only good creepy--not bad creepy.

cj (getinmymouthstuff)

getinmymouthstuff said...

Duh. I guess I didn't read your post carefully, since that's the book you mentioned. Um.

Anyhow, I read it last year just before I read Assination Vacation, and I think you'll like it. She doesn't take herself too seriously, and explores some of the historical and ethical context for corpse use in research.


Carrie said...


Guess I should post a reading comprehension quiz for each post.

Would you ever be up for a trip to the Mutter Museum?

getinmymouthstuff said...

I'D LOVE to go to the Mutter Museum! A always talked about it and brought me back things from it--she's been many many times.

Maybe we shoudl plan a spring time get away. Why does Porkchop want to go to Disneyworld instead of creepy museums? Oh the tragedy.


EBuz said...

I loved Assassination Vacation. I am kind of odd like that. My parents could not take us kids on a roadtrip without stopping at a Civil War battlefield for me.