I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog: a review of the new Mary Roach book, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. It's titled Tee Hee, You Said "Bonk", and here's the teaser:
If ever a book was tailor- made for me to enjoy, this is it.
Iâm a huge science nerd. Iâm a huge sex nerd. How could I not love a book called Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex?
Well, let me tell you how. Exactly.
First, I should disclaim for a brief moment: Bonk is not a terrible book. The subject matter â the history of the scientific study of sex, and some of the more interesting examples of its current state â is a compelling one, loaded with fascinating ideas both about sex itself and the appallingly/ entertainingly conflicted attitudes society has about it. And the author — Mary Roach, celebrated author of Stiff and Spook — is no slouch. Sheâs a thorough researcher and a clear, chatty writer, adept at taking complicated and potentially boring scientific ideas and making them accessible to the lay reader.
Please note that I refrained from making a childish, Beavis and Butthead- esque sex joke about the "lay" reader.
Which brings me to the problem.