Wednesday, September 28, 2011


From a list of words found in the new novel by Nicholson Baker, "House of Holes", compiled for the August 2011 issue of Harpers Magazine.

asswood                                                   ball-hankie                                               beardwater
bonky                                                       boobosity                                                 boycone
brimmingness                                          britneys                                                    cockbrisket
cockitude                                                 crotchal                                                    cuntatious
dickybird                                                 doodle-goo                                               eggmate
floof                                                         flump                                                        fuckalope
groanroom                                               hip-jouncing                                             jizzler
joywave                                                   judder                                                       juicy-lucy
loinstem                                                   lovecream                                                manslurp
maximus cheeks                                      murfle; murflement                                  peeny wanger
pelvisy                                                     pornfume                                                  purseness
scrotatiousness                                        shudderation                                             spicetime
splatterment                                            thrummiest                                                thumper bean
thundertube                                             urgie-splurgey                                           weeperhole

From the description of "House of Holes":

Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. Luna meets a man made of light bulbs at a tanning parlor. So begins Nicholson Baker’s fuse-blowing, sex-positive escapade, House of Holes.  Baker, the bestselling author of The Mezzanine, Vox, and The Fermata, who “writes like no one else in America” (Newsweek), returns to erotic territory with a gleefully over-the-top novel set in a pleasure resort, where normal rules don’t apply. Visitors, pulled in via their drinking straws or the dryers in laundromats, can undergo crotchal transfers . . . make love to trees . . . visit the Groanrooms and the twelve-screen Porndecahedron . . . or pussy-surf the White Lake. It’s very expensive, of course, but there are work-study programs. In charge of day-to-day operations is Lila, a former hospital administrator whose breast milk has unusual regenerative properties.

Brimful of good-nature, wit, and surreal sexual vocabulary, House of Holes is a modern-day Hieronymous Boschian bacchanal that is sure to surprise, amuse, and arouse.


  1. I just read the book the other week, very dirty and very entertaining.

  2. I will submit my request to hold it at the public library (they are free you know). Oh wait, I live in the Bible Belt where Harry Potter is viewed as satanic by many, and other people's babies really must be found under cabbage leaves since sex is a sin as well as what is wrong with America (besides that Nazi, Marxist, militant Kenyan in the White House.