The Anatomy of Disgust
- By: Ben Mills
Disgust is an every. day experience (last night's dishes look pretty disgusting piled up in he sink, and the overnight arrivals in the cat litter tray made a good attempt at putting me off my breakfast this morning). Miller's excellent book plunges us into the minutiae of all things disgusting in an attempt to find the causes and effects of this universal experience. With examples from psychology, sociology, and literature, both ancient and modern, Miller raises a wide range of points throughout his book, sometimes as questions and sometimes simply to illustrate the thin, fashionable line between acceptability and disgust.
Miller kicks off with a quick attempt at distinguishing disgust from its neighbours including horror, shame, hatred, and contempt (returning to the latter in greater detail later). Then he squelches into disgust peculiar to each of the senses, teasing out many a contradiction in our selection of what's disgusting and