Shit from Shinola

This month the remarkable Michael Lewis shows that nobody mixes shit and shinola better than the Germans.

The first thing Gutenberg sought to publish, after the Bible, was a laxative timetable he called a “Purgation-Calendar.


….The fiercely scatological Martin Luther (“I am like ripe shit, and the world is a gigantic asshole,” Luther once explained) had the idea that launched the Protestant Reformation while sitting on the john.


But perhaps there is no better evidence of this specific national character than the red-light district of Hamburg, where naked women fight each other in a ring of filth while spectators wear a sort of head condom to avoid being splattered.

“Germans have always longed to be near the shit, but not in it. This, as it turns out, [is] an excellent description of their role in the current financial crisis.”

And not since Freud has money so clearly revealed itself as symbolic shit as in the current financial crisis…