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The Inner Circle by T.C. Boyle
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Aug 01, 2008

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Read in August, 2008

This is a fictionalized account of the pioneering sex researcher and zoology professor Dr. Alfred Kinsey and his relationship with one of his students, John Milk, who eventually became his most important assistant. Boyle does his usual fantastic job elucidating details about social mores of the times (late 1930s--mid 1950s) when Kinsey conducted his most important research--which included collecting extraordinarily detailed sex histories of some 20,000 people and filming both animals and humans engaged in sex. Kinsey was brilliant, demanding, singularly focused, and very unconventional, even by (arguably) more tolerant standards about sex and morality today. The plot moves along believably tas Kinsey, Milk and other members of the "inner circle" of sex researchers conducted the research which eventually was published in two text books.
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