Thursday, April 28, 2005


my review of Dutch sexologist Jelto Drenth's book about the vagina. I thought this book was excellent, but I'm afraid it's not going to reach its proper audience. It's written in a very smart and slightly demented version of a Guinness-Book-of-World-Records type thing, and I strongly suspect that male readers will be more attracted to the tone and methodology than female. (It's an informative and sensitive book, no reason female readers shouldn't like it too, but the style leans the other way.) But the publishers have made a perplexing decision to put it into a lurid hot-pink jacket that is seriously going to stop many or most men from even picking it up and looking at it. Well worth checking out, though, if you like the "strange and interesting facts" kind of book.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that the color choice might be a bit unfortunate, but at least the use of typography is both simple and clever. What kind of audience is this book written for? From the review, it sounds like it's written for the curious non-academic reader, not for the scholarly market. Do you think that's their target?