When I first heard the title of this book, The bald-headed hermit and the artichoke, before I ever knew what it was, it brought a smile to my face. When I saw the full title, The bald-headed hermit and the artichoke : an erotic thesaurus, I realized that it was not just my dirty mind, the title did have hidden meaning. Not well hidden, but hidden. I was curious but unwilling to spend money to satisfy my curiosity. I waited several years before i found the book on PaparBackSwap.Com. Honestly it was worth the wait.
Naughty language is, lets be honest, colorful. Any heterosexual male knows how to draw attention to a thing of beauty, “Look at that (singular noun) or look at those (any plural noun)” But there are entire vocabularies of naughtiness outside the realm on hetero males. They are in here and they are entertaining, educational, very colorful, and not for the prudish.
The book and some of its reviews make claims of scholarship but the inclusion of a scattering of small poorly reproduced photos exposes that as a lie, at least in my opinion. The book is no more scholarly, or less entertaining than Charles Funk’s collection of old sayings, “A Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions”.
Of course if you are easily offended you should not bother with this book, it is also definitely not suitable for most workplaces. However, if you need just the right word to express your disgust with a scatological turn of phrase or want to exactly express your admiration for an anatomical specimen of any gender then this is the book for you.
* I originally wrote this review for LibraryThing.com in August of last year. I did some rewriting and am posting it here now because, honestly, when my wife is out of town I barely function.