Our Bodies, Our Junk comes with our highest approval. The story behind the book seems simple: This is a thought I had while reading the book: I think my parents are more liberal now than they were when they were younger. But i happened to have a really close friend who lived maybe feet away from our house and his dad was an artist and his mom was a part time painter and a psychologist and they were divorced and he had all the sort of contemporary stuff.
His mom especially, would have these parties with all her post-hippie liberal friends. And she would let him put pictures from playboy up on the walls of his room when we were So she had all those books. That was the first time I saw any of those books was at their house cause they just had them out and it was no big deal. And those were always really funny to me.
The absurdity of trying to explain the mechanics of sex just seemed so crazy. And literally illustrating it… And no one was ever gonna really practice it that way. The Joy of Sex is the worst. Because the guy who wrote it… Who did write it? A guy named Alex Comfort. He was a phD but the way he wrote the book — its really sort of informally written.
Yeah, he was playing off the cook book. And the other thing that I found fascinating and we all took a cue from was that joy of sex was famous because it had all these watercolor illustrations of these bearded hippies that were kinda out of shape.
And that was him. And some model he hired that he eventually left his wife for. And thats why we used one of our authors, Ted And a hot lady, I must say. That was a model that we hired through Craigslist. So we found this one woman. This Australian woman who was trying to model. And she was so nice. Then this guy Kiji, who illustrated it, just added a top hat on him and all those details. So the actual writing process — what was that like? It came together pretty fast once we had a proposal.
For every chapter we all pitched 5 to 10 ideas. A title of a subsection and a couple sentences of what it would be. And we picked the ones we liked the best and made sure we were covering all the information we needed.
And usually the person who pitched it was assigned it except in the cases where it would give someone way too much work to do.
We tried to divide up the work chapter by chapter. I ended up doing a little bit less than the other guys cause I was trying to do this while i was working at Conan.. Plus, you had the cats to take care of. I had the cats to take care of. But that was really how it went. In fact, there was a point where we gonna have an additional chapter on the future of sex. It still seems like a rich area, but we ended up not having enough space in the book.
It was really fun to write. The thing that was really nice was that all 5 of us quickly agreed on the voice. There was some variations in tone and we tried to clean up some of that in the editing but for the most part everybody sort of fell in.
So we ended up going in a weirder, maybe less accessible place for some people, but I think more rewarding. I think it hits the perfect tone. And knowing that its such a collaborative process, that its 5 guys, the voice is impressively unified. I love all the Didja Knows at the end of the chapters. Those were really fun to write.
Yeah there a couple in there that always make me laugh. But it makes no fucking sense. Have you read the book front to back? Cause we tried to copy edit it ourselves a couple times. But there are always stuff you miss. Dense with weird references and jokes that you might miss one time through. It totally has that quality. And I do miss it. I was so bummed out.
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