by Benjamin Franklin
A mention of flatulence might conjure images of bratty high school boys or lowbrow comics. But one of the most eloquent--and least expected--comentators on the subject is Benjamin Franklin.
The writings in Fart Proudly reveal the rogue who lived peaceably within the philosopher and statesman. Included are The Letter to a Royal Academy, On Choosing a Mistress, Rules on Making Oneself Disagreeable, and other jibes.
Franklin's irrepressible wit found an outlet in perpetrating hoaxes, attacking marriage and other sacred cows, and skewering the English Parliament. These essays endure as both hilarious satire and a timely reminder of the importance of a free press.