Healing "female genital derangement": 12 deeply crazy discoveries at The Last Bookstore's warehouse sale
Here's some news sure to hearten the laid-off crew of Two and a Half Men. According to local boy Dr. Frank McCoy's 1926 book The Fast Way to Health, there is a treatment for that sad condition known as "genital derangement." As he describes it,
"There is undoubtedly no class of disorder which has so far-reaching an effect upon the nervous system as derangement of the genital organs."By "derangement" he mostly meant painful and "scanty" menstruation, which he treated with a diet of wheat mush and almonds, but surely there's something in this pioneering whole-foods diet book to help soothe the loins of out-of-control male stars.
From his office at 6th and Lucas, Dr. McCoy taught this city and the world that good eating could cure conditions like "Torpid Liver," "Bilousness," varicose veins, appendicitis and -- seriously -- deafness. Your Crap Archivist lucked into a copy of this daft 'ol book this weekend at The Last Bookstore's warehouse sale on West 15th, just a mile or so south south.
The sale, like the Last Bookstore itself, offered many surprises: out-of-print glories, dirt-cheap signed firsts, and much Crap that demands to be documented.
Here's my 11 other favorite surprises.
1. God is in the Bedroom Too
"For those of you who are married, if sex is not exactly a Disneyland experience, you may find yourself asking God the same question: 'Are we there yet?'"2. A bound notebook I found contained this touching inscription:
But then every page was blank. This is a short story just waiting to happen.
3. Pick a Pretty Indian Name for Your Baby
"Many Indian names can be mispronounced or translate poorly when rendered in English. For example, Viral suggests disease, Anant becomes 'an ant,' and names like Gopi, Anal, Naval, Deep, Asman an Anima can be completely misinterpreted."4. This next one is a CD from an LA musician whose shows must often be packed with people expecting someone else:
The poor guy! Even Google corrects it to "Petty."
5. Choose the Right Mate, Lover or Friend Through Handwriting
This one proposes that perfecting your sex life means aspiring toward Joan Crawford's big bottom:
This is a mostly unremarkable guide to dog training, the cover and this photo notwithstanding: