After reading about the strange phenomenon of magical penis theft, writer Frank Bures couldn’t shake the idea. He obsessed about it for four years, and then, in 2005, hopped a plane to Nigeria to track down victims of the uniquely cultural epidemic, doggedly pursuing a 10-year-long odyssey through the markets, museums and mental hospitals of Thailand, Borneo, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

The Geography of Madness

Former Madison writer Frank Bures publishes globe-trotting book

Isthmus, May 19, 2016


Frank Bures is the reason I discovered freelance writing in the first place, so I was thrilled to learn he’d published his first book and that he’d be revisiting Madison to read from it. I wrote this piece for Isthmus ahead of his appearance.

—Maggie Ginsberg is an award-winning freelance writer in Madison, Wisconsin


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