Product Details

  1. Hardcover: 32 pages

  2. Title: I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas

  3. By: Carl J. Schutt

  4. Publisher: Inkus Imagination

  5. Language: English

  6. ISBN-10: 0975320262

  7. ISBN-13: 978-0975320266

  8. Product Dimensions: 10.8x8.4x 0.4in

  9. Page Count: 32

  10. Genre: Fiction/Artbook/Gay

  11. Keywords:  infantile genital mutilation, human rights, pregnancy, gay, humor.

 

For immediate release


Skin is in: I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas is a hilarious, educational and

eye-popping look at one man’s revolution to end circumcision


“The first time I went searching

I looked under a rock

for that little ring of flesh

belonging to my…”


So begins 30-year-old Carl Schutt’s illustrated quest for the foreskin he unceremoniously lost at birth. After looking in all the unlikely places and told by his apologetic parents that they didn’t know any better, Schutt’s main character pleads to Santa for his foreskin back. It’s his last desperate attempt at putting “the skin considered sin back onto my rod.”


Clearly, this isn’t your average fairy tale. But then, this isn’t your average book, either.


I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas is a colorful, innovative and laugh-out-loud look at one man’s struggle to understand his own circumcision – and to find a way to restore his mutilated member. Schutt spent eleven months creating his work, a detailed, intricate graphic book made with thousands of pieces of colored paper by using the ancient Chinese technique of paper sculpture. But the creation of Giftmas was propelled not only by an imaginative mind, but also by a yearning to educate people about the harms of circumcision.


Schutt, a New Jersey native who has a monthly column about circumcision for menstuff.org, first discovered that not all “members” were circumcised during a college semester spent in Italy. It was this realization that plunged him into educational overload about the futility of genital mutilation and, eventually, led him to create I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas. And believe it or not, there is even a musical read-a-long that Schutt produced (and sang, recruiting the voices of his parents), that has over 10,000 hits on youtube to date.


While the book is funny and smart, it’s also provocative, and the experts are cheering. Marilyn Milos, director of the anti-circumcision group NOCIRC.org, calls it “brilliant” and the “perfect coffee table book” for her house. Barbara Maurene White, director of the group FarReach, says Giftmas will “become a strong symbolic landmark in the movement.”


Now available, first-run editions of I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas is perfect for the kid – circumcised or not – in all of us. Please contact Carl at cshutt@inkusimagination.com for further inquiries.  Carl is available for interviews and signings.


Skin is in:  triCity alum makes the publishing cut


We do try so hard to be good here at the triCitynew


This week, we planned to introduce a series of articles highlighting great summer reads by local authors. Literary and high minded, we had high hopes of showing off our serious side – the good beneath the gaudy, the class behind our sometimes lurid exterior.


But all that will have to wait.  Because from the minute we received a package from one-time triCity employee Carl Schutt in the mail, we knew that only one book could launch our series – you could say it was inevitable that Carl’s book made the cut.


For how could our blessedly radical hearts resist an opening line like this one:

        The first time I went searching, I looked under a rock, for that little ring of flesh belonging to my…


Yes – former triCity ‘golden boy’ Schutt has written an ode to none other than his own lost foreskin.  We’re so proud of him here at triCity that it’s been hard to get a grip on our work since “I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas” arrived at our door.


It was accompanied by the following note and a nice write up on the book.

“Hey triCityNewsers – It’s Carl Schutt here.  I am sending you a book that I wrote, illustrated and published (so the paper delivery boy actually did accomplish something in the last few years.)”


Here’s the long and short of “I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas…”


“After looking in all the unlikely places and told by his apologetic parents that they didn’t know any better, Schutt’s main character pleads to Santa for his foreskin back.  It’s his last desperate attempt at putting “the skin considered sin back onto my rod.”


‘I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas’ is a colorful, innovative and laugh-out loud look at one man’s struggle to understand his own circumcision – and to find a way to restore his mutilated member.”


Boy, you work with someone and you never truly know them, we thought as we read more of Carl’s release.  Seems he’s an old hand at circumcision.


He’s got a monthly column about circumcision on menstuff.org, and writes that he first came to realize that not all penises were circumcised during a college semester spent in Italy.


He goes on to state that it was this realization that plunged him into educational overload about the futility of genital mutilation and, eventually, led him to create “I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas.”


The book’s illustrations are paper collages that Carl fittingly created using over 200 X-Acto blades.  He writes that it took him seven months to create the work, which was “propelled not only by an imaginative mind, but also a yearning to educate people about the harms of circumcision.”  And according to Carl’s release, the experts, whoever they are, are cheering: Marilyn Milos, director of the anti-circumcision group NOCIRC.org, calls it ‘brilliant’ and ‘the perfect coffee table book’ for her house.  Barbara Maurene White, director of the group FarReach, says “‘Giftmas will become a strong landmark in the movement.’”


We are just pleased as punch that a triCity alum is a published author.  Makes the rest of us here think that we, too can grow and stretch into the future.  Funk and Standard in Red Bank is carrying “I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas”.  Pick up a copy to help fill what’s missing in your life.

Rutgers Radio Interview

Because of Giftmas, I was also interviewed for the documentary Partly Private which won Best New York Documentary in the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009.

I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas was also featured on Bookfail.com as a “children’s book fail.” http://www.bookfail.com/i-want-my-foreskin-for-giftmas/http://www.bookfail.com/i-want-my-foreskin-for-giftmas/http://www.bookfail.com/i-want-my-foreskin-for-giftmas/shapeimage_5_link_0shapeimage_5_link_1
Giftmas part of an article on the BEA.http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/paper_cuts/strike_a_match_22227.asphttp://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/paper_cuts/strike_a_match_22227.aspshapeimage_6_link_0