Thursday, November 29, 2007

Back sack and crack

We have a friend who lives in San Francisco who's fond of having the male equivalent of the Brazilian wax, also knows as a 'Back Sack & Crack' job. No prizes for guessing what that entails. I take it he's a regular, because his account of what it's like, and my own experience (once and never again) differed greatly in terms of pain experienced, or perhaps, pain reported. So there was me thinking I was a big woosie, until I came across this article in the recent issue of Vanity Fair.

It's written by the English-American author
Christopher Hitchens (pictured), who embarked on an all-over self improvement process in the USA, which, among other things, involved having the hair from his nether regions removed. Why? Who knows, but this is part of what he had to say on the subject:

Here’s what happens. You have to spread your knees as far apart as they will go, while keeping your feet together. In this “wide stance” position, which is disconcertingly like waiting to have your Pampers changed, you are painted with hot wax, to which strips are successively attached and then torn away. Not once, but many, many times. I had no idea it would be so excruciating. The combined effect was like being tortured for information that you do not possess, with intervals for a (incidentally very costly) sandpaper handjob. Continue reading

The article, 'On the limits of self-improvement' also includes Hitchens's endeavour to fix his 'British teeth' and quit smoking. A very good, well-written, and amusing read.

Photo: Vanity Fair

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