Monday, July 17, 2006

Semantics

I had a hoot helping someone last week, to find books by a Carlton Mellick III. Let's call our patron Young Surfer Dude.

"You probably won't have any of his books, because they're pretty dirty," Surfer Dude said.

"Well," I replied, "We do have some books with explicit content, so you never know."

Indeed, we don't have any of Mellick's books. I offered to do an interlibrary loan for a title or two, and we looked up Mellick's oeuvre on Global Books in Print.

"All his books are filthy," Young Surfer Dude commented, as the list of titles loaded up. "I don't read porn," he said, "but I like to read filth." Although I was dying to know the difference between porn and filth, I missed my opportunity to ask.

As I wrote up an interlibrary loan form for the title 'Razor Wire Pubic Hair', I mentioned that he'd be giving the ladies in the back a good giggle with his choice of titles.

"Whatever makes your day more entertaining," Young Surfer answered, with a nod and a grin.

Dude.

2 Comments:

Blogger Carmi said...

Hmm, I'm intrigued. Porn vs. filth. You've inspired me to post something related to this topic in the days to come.

(Love the pic on the library web site, BTW. How cool is that!)

7:52 pm  
Blogger Gwen said...

My theory is that porn is designed to be titillating and filth is not. But who knows the rationales that exist in a young dude's mind.

5:01 pm  

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