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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Press Release of the Day/Today in Outsider Art

posted by on May 27 at 13:16 PM


“Pulitzer-Nominated Breathrough Novel, Womb Child, by Author, Alethea Pascascio, Takes You into the Mind of a Fetus”

Does life really begin at the moment of conception? Is a fetus merely a mass of flesh without a soul or spirit? Are we predestined before conception to fulfill a certain God-given role? Author, Alethea Pascascio, in her newly released novel, Womb Child, takes you into the mind of a fetus named, Israel, to help you answer these questions.

Read the whole press release here.

Also, I’m really curious about this “breathrough” novel’s nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. I imagine it involves a letter written by the author, Alethea Pascascio, to the Pulitzer committee, saying, “You should give my book a Pulitzer Prize.” I need to remember that trick.

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Is the literary device that would ascribe the characteristics of personhood to a lump of cells still called "anthropomorphization" even if the talking zygote in question posesses human DNA? Tough question.

Posted by flamingbanjo | May 27, 2008 1:27 PM

I believe nominating oneself for a Pulitzer Prize is as easy as filling out a form and sending $50.

Dave Pelzer, the guy called it, did the same thing.

Posted by the man who couldn't blog | May 27, 2008 1:36 PM

Anyone can submit anything to be nominated for pretty much anything. That is not to say the nomination will be ever read or taken seriously but still, you can nominate anything or anyone.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | May 27, 2008 1:37 PM

If anyone was wondering, Ms. Pascascio is also the author of two other books, entitled Bag Lady: Abuse, Secrets, Lust, Low Self Esteem and Help Wanted: A Woman's Guide to Strategically Position Men in Her Life

Posted by MattP | May 27, 2008 1:42 PM

It seems quite natural that a novel about a fetus floating around in a sack of amniotic fluid would be "nominated" for a Pulitzer in the "breath-rough" category.

I mean, YOU try inhaling amniotic fluid for nine months and see how rough YOUR breathing gets.

Posted by COMTE | May 27, 2008 1:55 PM


Posted by Risa | May 27, 2008 1:55 PM

That book cover is making me hungry for shrimp.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 27, 2008 1:55 PM

I nominate David Schmader for a Pulitzer.

Ta da! Now you can say it too!

Posted by Gurldoggie | May 27, 2008 2:01 PM

looks like a great candidate for a Lunch Date!

Posted by brett | May 27, 2008 2:02 PM

@Napoleon -- again, Sir, you kill me.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | May 27, 2008 2:02 PM

More proof of the pathological nature of xtians. Maybe she could put some words in the fetus' mouth about having to face a youth pastor in a few years. Creepy.

Posted by Vince | May 27, 2008 2:12 PM


Yeah, not as funny as NapoleonXIV, but it's all I got.

Posted by Fnarf | May 27, 2008 2:32 PM

Aliza Shvarts imaginary aborted fetuses should write a rebuttal about how Alethea Pascascios imaginary fetus is full of shit.

Fetus Smackdown 2008

Posted by pissy mcslogbot | May 27, 2008 3:21 PM

To bad no one gave this book the morning after pill, perhaps then we could have avoided the production of a book that isn't wanted.

Posted by Sad Comment | May 27, 2008 3:23 PM

Hmmm, so the rhetorical assumption behind this novel is that by writing it, it will somehow provoke people to believing fetuses are basically fully-fledged human beings with God-ordained purposes, simply "unborn." Two things: aren't there novels with conscious rabbits (Watership Down), ghosts, wizards, etc? Using fiction to argue something that simply is unknowable that you want folks to recognize as factual (at an absolute level)seems really rather ridiculous. Also, there is a basic contradiction (inherent in the whole predestination/free will debate). If this fetus is destined by God to do something, isn't admitting that people can thwart God's will somewhat blasphemous? At least, in terms of the omnipotent God most evangelical pro-lifer types claim to believe in?

Posted by bookworm | May 27, 2008 3:25 PM

Aside from the typos in the press release, somebody must have handed her a big basket of commas and told her to "just put them anywhere."

Posted by Wolf | May 27, 2008 3:54 PM

Ya know, you'd think if a zygote could write a novel (how? by transmitting it telepathically? typing on the uterine word processor? dictating it through amniotic fluid signals?), they could try being born with language skills, but NO, the little bastards all pretend they can't even talk when they're born.

Posted by Geni | May 27, 2008 5:07 PM

They don't have minds, either; almost all of the development of higher brain functions, and the tissue that supports it, comes after birth. Newborn humans have as much "mind" as newborn gerbils.

Posted by Fnarf | May 27, 2008 8:36 PM

Ah, but "mind" is not the issue here, Fnarf, it's all about teh soul.

Posted by COMTE | May 27, 2008 9:46 PM

No. It's all about shrimp. Battered, deep fried shrimp. Maybe with some Chinese hot mustard.

Yeah, that'd be good right now.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 27, 2008 10:12 PM

I agree, looks like shrimp.

Pass the sauce.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 28, 2008 12:52 AM

I wonder if the book makes some reference to what kinky little bastards fetuses are. Amniotic fluid is mostly fetal piss, which they keep drinking and repissing.

(Aside to #5 - they don't actually breathe the amniotic fluid. While fetuses do "practice" breathing movements, it's a localized lung fluid that gets moved around.)

Posted by Rhymeswithlibrarian, RN | May 28, 2008 7:01 AM

Here's an excerpt:

"It all happened so fast. One minute I was listening to the final instructions for my journey then the next thing I knew I was competing against millions for a chance at life. Since I was already predestined to win, I'm not even sure why the others showed up. But now that I reflect on it, I know exactly why they were there. They, the multitude of sperm that raced against me, were similar to the type of people you see everyday. Some were 'haters' with ill-intentions, wanting nothing more than to take my place and wreak havoc on the earth. Others were my 'motivators', cheering me on and running interference for me against the opposition. And the rest were mere 'distractions' trying to throw me off course, but not necessarily to assist the 'haters'. No, they had their own agenda. The 'distracters' started out being in it to win it, but when the journey got rough they became too discouraged to continue and tried to put up road blocks to keep me back with them, especially when it became obvious that I was going to be the 1 out of 100 million- who triumphed."

The author believes in a homunculus - the entire being living in the sperm. The woman is just the oven that bakes the bun - contributing nothing. What happened to the other hundreds of millions of homunculi who died - the haters, distracters and motivators - and will she be writing a book from their perspective next?

Posted by Miss Poppy Dixon | May 28, 2008 9:59 AM

Do you have any excerpts from her previous book, Bag Lady (an autobiography?)

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 28, 2008 10:58 AM

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