Weird Books

A friend who used to run the Logos Bookstore here in Seattle sends along this piece on bizarre books that people actually wrote (some of which he remembers selling).

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  • Del Rayva

    I remember reading “My Darling, My Hamburger” as a “young adult” in the 1970’s. It’s a story about high-school girls exploring sex with their boyfriends. One gets pregnant and has an abortion. She has medical complications, and is unable to attend their graduation.

    I think it’s vaguely pro-abortion with a kind of after-school special cautionary note. It’s been a very long time since I read it.

    • PeonyMoss

      I read it as a “young adult” in the early ’80’s. IIRIC, I wouldn’t call it “pro-abortion” in the sense of “rah-rah-abortion-fixes-everything!!!” The teenage father, who presses for the abortion, is presented as rather cowardly, and the adult who gives him the idea is presented as shallow, selfish, and self-deluded. Later, the young man depicts it in a short story as a form of child sacrifice.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    There are many “Biblically based” diet books I’ve seen, and I actually know someone who had spun dog hair. What I really want to know is the answer to the last book’s title–DOES God speak through cats?

    • CJ

      No. They are of their father, the devil.

      • Marthe Lépine

        But God created them, and He does not make junk…

        • Francisco J Castellanos

          Actually, in the Beginning, cats were created good, but they became proud because of their beauty. They were cast out from Heaven, and now they dwell amongst us, ruling over the humans that own them (or the humans that THINK they own them). So CJ’s theology is right on the mark. Vade Retro Catus!

          • Rebecca Fuentes

            Thank goodness I converted to Dog.

        • Balin

          This is true, but 5000 years ago Egyptians worshiped cats and cats never forgot it. And for that reason we must pray for their poor souls in Purrcatory.

    • Marthe Lépine

      I don’t know for sure, but there was a strange incident once with my first cat. One Sunday morning in the Fall, when I had been supposed to put my alarm clock back one hour, but had forgotten, my cat began making a fuss and jumping on and off the bed, exactly one hour before I had planned to wake up to go to Mass. However, not realizing what time it really was, I yelled at it and went back to sleep, only to wake up one hour later and realized that I had just missed Mass, and that if I had listened to my cat it would not have happened. I don’t know if God speak to us through cats, but I had been wondering, what about my Guardian Angel? Oh and how come, when I would be saying a prayer, that the same cat would remain quiet and not make a sound or a move until my prayer was finished?

      • Francisco J Castellanos

        Marthe, this only proves that Canadian cats are smarter than American cats.

  • sez

    So, nutty people wrote these books, and nutty publishers accepted them… so I guess there are nutty people actually buying them. Let’s hope only a very few (if any!) end up actually reading them.
    Humanity is doomed.

  • John Thayer Jensen

    It’s the devil who speaks through cats :-)

    jj (who has a love-hate relationship with his cat)

  • Joe

    Well, I know what I’ll be buying with my B&N gift card!

  • bob

    The Logos Bookstore (the Alternative) was a great store. I’m sorry it’s gone. The neighborhood has gone downhill since that era.