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[–]10153--35101 10 points11 points  (5 children)

I have a really nice leather-bound copy of The Kama Sutra prominently displayed on the hutch in my living room.

[–]terracottatilefish 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Someone gave me a copy of the Kama Sutra as a joke a while back and I keep it in the “how-to” section of the bookshelf with my books on furniture refinishing and basic home maintenance.

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's awesome lol

[–]Jack-Campin 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hutch? I don't recall anything in it that involves rabbits.

[–]10153--35101 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I don't understand.

[–]blood-soaked-earth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

rabbit cages are called hutches

edit: or, actually, i guess i should say rabbits are often housed in off-ground enclosures called hutches

[–]Master-Princess1554 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I read 50 shades of Grey when I was 11/12 if that counts. Lol

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Oof lol hopefully it didn't rub off too much

[–]Publius82 12 points13 points  (0 children)


[–]duchessofgotham 8 points9 points  (0 children)

A whole section on poisonous plants books. Mind you, nothing else about gardening. Just poisons.

[–]pm_me_poemsplease18 7 points8 points  (7 children)

Took a class in college called “The History of Terrorism” and I kept most of the books from that class, so just a lot of dodgy and questionable “manifestoes” strewn about my collection of nonfiction and literary fiction books.

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Yeah, some of the larger articles and books from college weren't much better. Ethnographies on drug dealers/rapists/murderers, studies of soft and hard genocides, real world ethics examples.

[–]Duzlo 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ethnographies on drug dealers/rapists/murderers, studies of soft and hard genocides, real world ethics examples.

Tell me more

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

So I studied anthropology in college and love ethnographic writings, mostly because I had to read several of them for class.

I still have "Selling Crack in El Barrio" by Phillippe Bourgois which studies Crack dealers and gangsters in East Harlem. Topics of drugs, gang rape, various assault, etc. This is also a good example of real world anthropologist ethics and the kinds of lengths people may be expected to go to to ingrain themselves into one of these communities.

Of the ethics papers and examples the ones I remember best are the month we spent on dead children. One was a study from Mexico where they intentionally let one group starve and supplement another to see the effects of malnutrition. There's also a story of a migrant family in India who dropped their baby in the fire and the anthropologist having to decide whether to try and help the baby and potentially harm the study or do nothing. Oh, and the story of a baby starving to death being taken by a woman in the peace corps to a hospital to be treated for malnutrition.

On genocide, studies on the culture and cultural factors leading to genocides. The Holocaust, Rwanda, Bosnia, Hutus, on and on. There's also a couple papers on softer genocides like residential schools in North America, attempted degradation of black culture through speech patterns and code switching, selective breeding.

[–]LaunchTransient [score hidden]  (0 children)

I've often taken the view that this is much more a case of "know thine enemy".

For example, a book on lethal fungi is more useful for the purposes of avoiding said fungi than trying to harness them for evil.

[–]Duzlo 2 points3 points  (2 children)

so just a lot of dodgy and questionable “manifestoes” strewn about my collection of nonfiction and literary fiction books.

Could you list some? Please

[–]pm_me_poemsplease18 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Probably the ones that look the worst out of context are the Osama Bin Laden ones and “The Philosophy of the Bomb” by Bhagwat Charan.

Sometimes I forget they’re sitting out in the open on my shelves and I won’t remember until some stranger is in the house, haha. And I know people notice because people have asked before, like, “Why do you have a book of writings by Osama Bin Laden?”

[–]September-17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Questionable people should be silenced and I decide who's questionable." - Those people questioning your books

[–]Josh6x6 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I have a few... Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, by Paul Stamets; Psilocybin Production, by Adam Gottlieb; Hallucinogenic and Poisonous Mushrooms - Field Guide, by Gary P. Menser

[–]Macr0Mind 4 points5 points  (4 children)


[–]Jack-Campin 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I've got that - Shulgin sent it to me for free. (You can get it and TiHKAL as free downloads).

I have Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs too. That's got to be more hardcore.

None of this is in the same league as a collection of Inspire magazines (which I don't have - easy to get if you want a visit from the FBI).

[–]Macr0Mind 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s super cool that Shulgin sent that to you

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I never actually read this one. Quick Google mentions psychedelics?

[–]Macr0Mind 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s basically a psychedelics encyclopedia/cookbook. Strictly for entertainment purposes

[–]jonny_mtown7 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes the Kama Sutra. Definitely.

[–]CHZBR 4 points5 points  (2 children)

The Worst of Boiled Angel. Answer ME! Apocalypse Culture (first edition of you know what I mean) ETC.

[–]Motochapstick 2 points3 points  (1 child)

lol, i got those too... along w/ a collection of peter sotos

[–]HammerOvGrendel [score hidden]  (0 children)

I have a big Feral House section on my shelves too, great stuff

[–]ToughAdministration4 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Rise and Fall of the Third Reich sticks out like a sore thumb in my library.

[–]Think_Reporter_8179 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep! I just posted similarly lol

[–]LaunchTransient [score hidden]  (0 children)

Gotta learn how they were stopped the first time so you can stop 'em in future, right?

[–]SchemataObscura 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Mostly a lot of occult, world religions, magic and mysticism - Tantra and sex magic. A wide variety of martial arts, including a couple ninja manuals. Herbalism, drugs, ethnobotany.

Some freemasonry handbooks.

Used to have a couple Anais Nin collections but they have been missing for a long time.

Probably more but i don't really find them that controversial, I'm open minded and curious about the world.

[–]InstantShiningWizard 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Probably my copy of Lolita.

[–]ThatsAGoodBart 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There’s nothing suspicious about Lolita. It’s Nabokov, one of the grandmasters of literature. I wish people would stop talking about it like it’s some transgressive text.

[–]comesmellourderriere 7 points8 points  (8 children)

My husband bought me Beyond The Dark Veil for our anniversary. It’s a bunch of Victorian postmortem and funerary photography. It’s my favorite book and it’s completely gorgeous, but it’s kind of fucked.

[–]Duzlo 3 points4 points  (3 children)


post pics

[–]comesmellourderriere [score hidden]  (0 children)


There are some that are pretty disturbing, lots of children etc. didn’t want to spoil the whole thing for you.

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That sounds pretty cool actually.

[–]throwawayinthe818 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I have a book of Victorian photographs of insane asylum inmates.


[–]comesmellourderriere [score hidden]  (0 children)

That sounds AMAZING. Going in my cart.

[–]blood-soaked-earth 2 points3 points  (7 children)

the monkey wrench gang, hogg.

im side-eyeing the "suspicious" thing here, tho. those aren't even subversive or banned, they're just on "edgy" subjects

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 1 point2 points  (6 children)

I'm unfamiliar with the monkey wrench gang.

That's a fair point I suppose.

[–]blood-soaked-earth 2 points3 points  (5 children)

huge anarchist novel published in 1975. literally the source of the term monkey wrenching and credited (by some people) as inspiring earth first and the earth liberation front

kind of like tacb except people really ran with it and the author didn't ask the book be removed from production

forgive my tone, im generally exhausted with performative edginess on this sub so i came atcha twisted

[–]Duzlo 2 points3 points  (3 children)


I don't know what this is

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Anarchist Cookbook. A cringey, misinformed book that involves making drugs and weapons (wrongly). It's also pretty outdated at this point.

[–]blood-soaked-earth 3 points4 points  (1 child)

;A ; i guessed your book but you didn't guess mine

i thought we were soulmates

[–]Duzlo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ah, someone else told me. I could have imagined

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

May need to check that one out.

You're totally fine. I could frame it as suspicious if, say, the police ever came around, but meh. I'm lucky enough to be in a part of the world where there aren't a whole lot of banned or illegal books, so anything of this nature is more or less just edgy lol

[–]jmartkdr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Satanic Bible, probably.

[–]Duzlo 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I have MK, books on paraphilias and torture, I don't have much about serial killers though. Something about UFOs/aliens/various mysteries, but mostly from when I was a kid

[–]maplesyrup1788 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I have a book about prostitution in Hanoi, Vietnam during the time of French colonialism, mostly based on the stories told through this place dedicated to treat their STDs.

I bought this book in Vietnam at a book sale one day, thought the concept was quite unique.
It's called "Luc Xi"

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This sounds like a good read. I studied anthropology and my wife did post-colonial literature, so this could be great for both of us.

[–]posterlube 2 points3 points  (1 child)

*Guide* by Dennis Cooper. It will ruin your life if you're not careful

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just did a quick Google and good GOD it sounds dark

[–]Whowhatwhynguyen 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The entire “Man, Myth & Magic” encyclopedia set. Not a book in the sense I believe OP is looking for, but it’s definitely a head-turner.

[–]HammerOvGrendel [score hidden]  (0 children)

nice! my Aunt had those when I was a kid, wouldn't mind picking them up myself

[–]sleeper_medic 1 point2 points  (3 children)

"Buying Illegal Bugs With Bitcoin"

It's a fiction book. But I'm a subversive amateur entomologist and my husband came and had a very concerned conversation with me after noticing it in our shared kindle library.

[–]blood-soaked-earth 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I'm a subversive amateur entomologist

im sorry, what?

[–]sleeper_medic 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You heard me. Stick it to the man, throw a few molotov cocktails in the name of spider conservation!

[–]blood-soaked-earth [score hidden]  (0 children)


[–]thats-fucked_up 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Steal This book by Abbie Hoffman, The Story of O by 'Pauline Réage', The Underhanded History of the USA by Nick Thorkelson and Jim O'Brien, and The book of Genesis, illustrated by Robert Crumb.

[–]dreameRevolution 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Any Rand. I read them, they were interesting, but I'm hardcore left so it probably surprises anyone who sees them.

[–]AllPathsEndTheSame 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm drawn to a lot of extreme political writings even though it's not at all something I myself believe in. I just find it fascinating when people think they have it all figured out.

I have an easier time stomaching the extreme left than the extreme right so a lot of my more "suspicious" books I've kept come from that line of thinking. Stuff such as a lot of books from anarchist collectives like CrimethInc. or Earth First!. As well as the writings of people like Theodore Kaczynski. I don't tend to keep the right wing stuff around. I've thrown away copies of things like MK and The Turner Diaries.

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've got a few of these around. It's helpful to try and understand the trends of what's going on culturally.

[–]itstimetopaytheprice 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve got a stack of books about kink, bdsm, polyamory and witchcraft stacked by my bed. I usually just turn them around when family is visiting 😂

[–]irresponsible_owl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not me, but one time I was at a co-workers house and there was a bookshelf absolutely full of books on serial killers, murder investigations, criminology, and forensics - even a couple of criminal investigation and forensic science investigation textbooks. I asked him if he was planning to go on a killing spree or something, he said "No these are my wife's books, I haven't read any of them. She likes true crime stuff".

It won't surprise me when that guy disappears someday and they never find the body or any evidence linking his wife to his disappearance...

[–]WrongCentaur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a prominently displayed hardcover in red leather with gold lettering:

Seduction of the Innocent Fredric Wertham M.D.

It's not a how-to book.

[–]The_RealJamesFish [score hidden]  (0 children)

I found a copy of Necronomicon at a thrift store, not the Lovecraft version either. This version doesn't have a named author...I really like it.

[–]Think_Reporter_8179 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, only because it has a giant red band with the white circle and black swastika right on the spine as well as front cover.

It does say "the RISE and FALL of the THIRD REICH" really big as well, but modern society has become so, I don't know, sensitive, that I now remove it from my shelf when new guests are coming over until they learn I love studying WWII history.

[–]Mnkeemagick[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I bet that one gets some double takes

[–]ThePirateRedfoot 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Definitely mein kampf. I got it when I was in college, second hand from Amazon. Never finished it, super dull reading, but it’s still there on the shelf.

[–]throwawayinthe818 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I defy anyone to actually wade through that thing. Maybe you had to be there.

[–]__Girth__Brooks__ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have a copy of Mein Kampf that every now and then makes people worry.

[–]Neona65 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Antichist Cookbook is the third book in the Dungeon Crawler Carl series, it's a lot of fun and there are a lot of people who have it.

[–]elasmonut 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Had the Anarchists Cookbook, as a feral teen. Unless you are already a chemist, with access to a lab. The "recipies" are useless!

[–]Lucasdul2 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Backyard ballistics, the communist manifesto...

[–]Glittering-Listen-33 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Lots and lots of astrology books

[–]TrittipoM1 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

“Suspect” — to whom? My freshman college required-reading copy of Karl Marx’s Early Writings? The equally required Lysisistrata? I long ago binned the high school Ayn Rand. The maybe too sexist On Est Toujours Trop Bon Avec Les Femmes, by Queneau? Or Jan Beneš’s Druhý Dech? Not so long ago I could have been jailed for trying to go to Greece with Z, or for trying to take in some Plato.