Great Expectorations by John D. Thomas
The Cultural History of Saliva from Jesus Christ to Iggy Pop

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Kirkus says Great Expectorations is "Everything you wanted to know about spit," describes the writing as "droll" and concludes, "Readers will laugh—and cringe—as Thomas scrapes the bottom of the spittoon" in this "messy, fun treatise." Topics include the links between saliva and the lives of the world's great religious figures, including Christ, Muhammad and the Buddha; spit's crucial role in the history of sports; the evolution of the use of saliva for its alleged medicinal purposes; the importance of saliva in the development of modern criminal forensics; folklore regarding saliva; and spit's frequently key appearances in pop music, literature, art and more. The author is Chicago-based writer John D. Thomas, the former editor of and contributing editor at Playboy magazine. He has also written frequently for the New York Times, Playboy magazine, Village Voice and Chicago Tribune and is a contributing essayist for the Columbia University Press Companion to American History on Film.

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Published November 16, 2012 by Strayhorn Press. 162 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment.

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Iggy Pop, who takes credit for inventing the tradition, considers it “a sign of love or something.” Thomas’ meandering exploration offers a variety of engrossing and repellent lore, from the world tobacco-spitting record (over 53 feet) to the hidden history of the spitball, the prevalence of spit...

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