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Knowledge Is Powerfully Funny 

Wednesday, Sep 21 2011
“Modern living creates sexual cripples,” Edward O’Reilly writes in Sexercises, an honest-to-God 1968 paperback we scored at the most recent Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale, an event that returns this weekend to further enable the highest order of biblio-gluttony. Volunteers have been laying out enough books that the space hosts more knowledge than the great Library of Alexandria, or your mobile device (we don’t know which holds more). By today, the price of each item will drop to a buck or less. Of course, much of the knowledge on display could take the form of Dan Brown’s lunkheaded conspiracies (Da Vinci Code, anyone?) or The Cat Who Solved Gentle, Bloodless Murders. But dig, and you’ll find gold — or at least amusing crap like Sexercises. We contend it’s the only — or certainly the first — book written by “a specialist in anatomy, physiology, and physical education” that includes the phrase “The Vitally Important Pelvic Thrust” beneath a photo of a noodly, shirtless guy humping the air. Score your own high weirdness — or high literature — from the hundreds of thousands of cheap books.
Sept. 21-25, 10 a.m., 2011

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