Tuesday 27 August 2013

So how do you follow up the Great Singapore Penis Panic?

I just received a copy of Fietlebaum's Escape, the new book by Dr Scott Mendelson.

He also wrote The Great Singapore Penis Panic And The Future of American Mass Hysteria, which I was obsessed with for a month last year, writing three columns (and even more blog posts) related to it. Even my editor expressed concern.

I was hoping it would win the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year award - but it eventually lost to Cooking With Poo.

Dr Mendelson first got in touch with me through one of the blog posts last year. He then e-mailed me a month ago to tell me about his new book, Fietlebaum's Escape, which is "about a Yiddish speaking psychiatrist's peculiar, drug-crazed, adventures in the galaxy".

It's a long way from Singapore men panicking about their disappearing penis.