“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

As the self-appointed President of the GAMBLE steering committee, I am abashed.  ABASHED, I tell you.  Y’all were so prompt in getting your reviews of Star in and I am late in oh-so-many ways…

  1. My last two reviews were shamefully late
  2. I still have not updated the reviews links on the main GAMBLE page.
  3. And, WORST OF ALL, I have not introduced this month’s book and half the month is gone.

My only defense, is, well, what can you expect from unpaid labor, really?  Occasionally I do have to concentrate on my payin’ gig.  And the payin’ gig has been a rather demanding taskmistress lately.

So, I can’t really rectifiy #1.

I will work over the next week on #2.

And #3 I will remediate right this second.  I present to you, November’s GAMBLE read – Sabine’s infamous Penis book:

A Mind of It's Own


From the Publisher

Whether enemy or ally, demon or god, the source of satisfaction or the root of all earthly troubles, the penis has forced humanity to wrestle with its enduring mysteries. Here, in an enlightening and entertaining cultural study, is a book that gives context to the central role of the penis in Western civilization.A man can hold his manhood in his hand, but who is really gripping whom? Is the penis the best in man — or the beast? How is man supposed to use it? And when does that use become abuse? Of all the bodily organs, only the penis forces man to confront such contradictions: something insistent yet reluctant, a tool that creates but also destroys, a part of the body that often seems apart from the body. This is the conundrum that makes the penis both hero and villain in a drama that shapes every man — and mankind along with it.

In A Mind of Its Own, David M. Friedman shows that the penis is more than a body part. It is an idea, a conceptual but flesh-and-blood measuring stick of man’s place in the world. That men have a penis is a scientific fact; how they think about it, feel about it, and use it is not. It is possible to identify the key moments in Western history when a new idea of the penis addressed the larger mystery of man’s relationship with it and changed forever the way that organ was conceived of and put to use. A Mind of Its Own brilliantly distills this complex and largely unexamined story.

Deified by the pagan cultures of the ancient world and demonized by the early Roman church, the organ was later secularized by pioneering anatomists such as Leonardo da Vinci. After being measured “scientifically” in an effort to subjugate some races while elevating others, the organ was psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud. As a result, the penis assumed a paradigmatic role in psychology — whether the patient was equipped with the organ or envied those who were. Now, after being politicized by feminism and exploited in countless ways by pop culture, the penis has been medicalized. As no one has before him, Friedman shows how the arrival of erection industry products such as Viagra is more than a health or business story. It is the latest — and perhaps final — chapter in one of the longest sagas in human history: the story of man’s relationship with his penis.

A Mind of Its Own charts the vicissitudes of that relationship through its often amusing, occasionally alarming, and never boring course. With intellectual rigor and a healthy dose of wry humor, David M. Friedman serves up one of the most thought-provoking, significant, and readable cultural works in years.




After last month’s preliminaries, you should be primed and ready to go.

November 14th, 2006 at 1:02 pm
2 Responses to “Two weeks late and more than a dollar short…”
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    Hi Robbin,
    Came here via Atomic Tumor. How sad is all that? sheesh! I’d take all of Katrina’s blows over what he is dealing with. Easy for me to say, being that I lost basically nothing, but when it’s life or stuff, life wins everytime! I’m sorry you lost it all in Slidell. I had a friend who lived there too. She is in Ohio now. We are all scattered to the wind a la Katrina. Bitch. And to think you lived in Slidell and worked in Lakeview. ugh! but hey – don’t be down because you are not missing much. You’re not missing Nagin doing anything at all. And damn do I mean nothing at all. (but, he was not mayor of your city, so that might help some) You’re not missing the idiots that put Bill Jefferson back into the run-offs. You’re not missing that they are trying to find a world renowned architect to renovate a 4.1 mile stretch of the Riverfront before they bother to pick up the trash on a regular basis. Trust me – you are not missing a damn thing… except the food. Sorry. Ssshh – didn’t mean to mention that. But maybe you are a healthy wise person who eats to live and does not care about the food oriented life we live. Hopefully that is the case, because if it is not, then honey you ARE missing the food! Don’t worry, I’ll eat for the both of us! Let me know if you need some Tony’s or Camillia red beans. I’d be happy to send it to you. And I know what you mean about supporting those in need whether you know them or not. When we were evacuated to Busy Mom’s, we received gift cards from her readers and it BLEW MY MIND! So it is what prompted me to go to the Blueberry Farm website to get an address for Jake & BJ so I can send something. Not sure what yet… money or maybe a New Orleans care package. What do you think? Nice chatting with – make that AT you! hahaha! stop by my blog – I write about living la vida PK. Les

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    Cinnkitty Says:

    Just ordered the book. I just HAVE to read this. I’m looking forward to learning if all my relationships have been doomed to fail because of a Penis. ha..ha..ha….! 😉