I took this photo of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex author Mary Roach last Friday at Good Vibrations Berkeley right after our reading from Best Sex Writing 2009.
Now contributor and San Francisco Chronicle sex columnist Violet Blue has interviewed Roach:
VB: Was "Bonk" your pick for the book's title, or did you want "Boink?"
MR: Bonk was my choice. Boink is a cartoony, silly word, whereas Bonk is almost onomonopeaic, or however you spell that word. Norton actually did some market research on this point. Most people have heard both terms, though more know Boink, it's true. Those people will simply have to puzzle out what the book is about using the subtitle and the f--ing ladybugs.