When Andrew Offutt died at age 78, he owned almost a ton of pornographic texts he had written- much of it published, some of if not. His son Chris archived and boxed it, as he promised he would. My Father, The Pornographer is Chris's remembrance of his driven, angry, and volatile father, and his father's semi-secret life as a paperback pornography writing machine. Difficult and painful, this story is saved and made engrossing by the talent and honesty of Chris Offutt, and his obvious love for a father who knew pornography but didn't seem to understand what love was, or how to give it back.
Philosopher Damon Young explores how physical exertion shapes the body and mind in How to Think About Exercise. Short essays posit how pushing our bodies can create integrity, resilience, consistency and humility, and how these qualities bring value into our lives and into our conceptions of self. Ben Franklin swam, Abraham Lincoln wrestled, Alan Turing ran long distances, and you could benefit from a trip to the gym. You'll think better, and bigger. Or open this book to the introduction and meet Chad. That takes no effort.
(This book cannot be returned.)
Once Dorrit Weger turns fifty, she is taken to The Unit, where individuals who haven't discovered a way to contribute to society are finally given an opportunity to do so. Once inside, she discovers a world of ease, artistic pursuit, companionship, and even love. But the price will be her health and a shortened life. However, when her level of contribution to society suddenly changes, so does her attitude toward her own life, and towards the pact made with The Unit.