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On How to Be a Genius (Or, How to Contract Syphilis and Be An Artist)

@gtrachel It holds in French too. It's a reference to the merkin which was made with beaver hair & commonly used by infected prostitutes to cover sores from their clients - so, likely readers would have understood the reference. The Oxford Companion to the Body has a really interesting chapter about Merkins and the origins of beaver as a euphemism!

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm 1