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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Michael and Cathryn Borden Memorial Book of the Day.*

Kockroach: A Novel
by Tyler Knox

By now you kiddies should know I am fascinated by all things Kafka. Therefore it should not surprize you to find this book here in my little idiot corner of Bloggerdom. It is a great idea: a reversal of Kafka's The Metamorphosis. Not surprisingly, Knox does not quite pull it off, but the result is fun and mostly harmless.

Here is th highlight of the novel:


“The mating ritual of the cockroach differs slightly from species to species
within the order, but is generally initiated by the female, who raises her wings
and secretes powerful pheromones from a special membrane on her back. Sensors in the male antennae pick up the sweet pheromonal scent from as far away as thirty
feet and direct the male to the ready female. This release of pheromones can be
accompanied by stridulatory singing or hissing by one or both sexes to help
bring the partners together. Some cockroach songs comprise as many as six
complex pulse trains, a melody more musically advanced, actually, than many
Ramones songs.”

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First of all, the word is SEX, not GENDER. If you are ever tempted to use the word GENDER, don't. The word is SEX! SEX! SEX! SEX! For example: "My sex is male." is correct. "My gender is male." means nothing. Look it up. What kind of sick neo-Puritan nonsense is this? Idiot left-fascists, get your blood-soaked paws off the English language. Hence I am choosing "male" under protest.

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