Sunday, May 17, 2009
Maybe you just shouldn't read that stuff?
Back in my former consulting days, I worked pretty closely for a long time especially with the Boy and Luke, resulting in that we got pretty close, which in turn resulted in this weird work tradition of giving each other birthday presents. For his birthday, quite a while back, I gave him the great book "American Psycho" (whatever you do, don't watch the movie and think that you know the book), which is filled with pornography mixed with pretty intense scenes of torture and violence. Don't get me wrong though, it's a great book.
Then a bit later, during our boob trip to Paris I gave him the great Jeffrey Dahmer biography "The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer" after I had finished with it. At the time, he didn't bother to read it, but brought it home and during a recent trip overseas he had it with him and finished it.
What happened later on was, that the Boy, for reasons not completely known to me, left both books clearly visible on a table during a visit to his parents, and his mom (not Japanese and not that good at reading Japanese) for some reasons picked them up and read through both of them, cover to cover. Resulting in somewhat of a shock for the Boy during his following visit to his parents when his mom confronted him with the books he had been reading (and she in turn had read), to check that he was not in secret a bloodthirsty sexual predator serial killer.
He explained that both books had been a gift from his former boss (which I'm sure assured his mom of the professionalism of the consulting company he works in...) and during a particular part where his mom, on the verge of tears, expressed her utmost disgust for a description on how Jeffrey Dahmer once cut up the stomach of one of his victims and used the still warm entrails as masturbatory tools, he asked the obvious question "If you find it so disgusting, why did you read through all of it?". From what I've been told, there never came a satisfactory answer to that question.
I have been thinking of sending him more serial killer biographies that he can put at random places in his parents home and see how many of them she'll read before she'll realize that she probably shouldn't read that type of books...