The intertubes home of author Robert Lanham

Robert Lanham is the Margaret Mead of the North American Weirdo - Neal Pollack

    == BOOKS ==

• the hipster handbook

• food court druids,
cherohonkees and other
creatures unique to the republic

• the sinner's guide to the
evangelical right


• cassette from my ex

• rock & roll cagematch

• bookmark now

• the subway chronicles


• Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview

• The random beauty of "25 Random Things"

• Palin Holds Press Conference to Explain Last Press Conference

• Chocolate & Cheese and Striped Bass

• The Ten Most Dubious Films included in the Criterion Collection

• Obama's Silence on "Bruno" Outrages Activists

• Pat Buchanan: 'Lesbian Coalition of America Discriminates Against White Males'

• Giving the Recession the Finger

• Look at This Fucking Hipster Basher
The Morning News

• Obama Dislocates Shoulder Reaching Across the Aisle

• Maxim's Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse

• 33 Stupid Sex Tips
Street Carnage

• Rick Warren's Non-Negotiable Worldview

• The Gotcha Effect of Civil Unions

• Macho Ma'am

• Generation Slap

• America's religious right: God's own country
The Independent

• Wearing Nothing but Attitude
New York Times

• Why Sonic Youth and Frappuccinos don't mix

• Kafka on the Shore Review

    == PRESS ==

• Press Quotes

• Your Life: Highly Classified, By Robert Lanham
  Washington Post profile of Robert Lanham

• Book Breaks Down Evangelical Right for 'Sinners'
Ethics Daily Profile

• Brand Name Bloggers
New York Magazine

    == WEBSITES ==


    == FRIENDS ==

• lanesisland
• cakehead
• rumproast
• andiamnotlying

    == THE MAN ==

• about robert lanham
• wikipedia page
• myspace
• facebook
• tumblr
• twitter
• hypemachine
• contact me


follow robertlanham at

« The Most Disturbing Christian Rock Band Ever | Main | Christopher Owens and the Children of God »

Pedal Pumping

I've got a new piece on a bizarro fetish over at The Awl:

In case you’re not familiar, pedal pumping is a car/foot fetish for men who enjoy watching women pump the gas, generally in vintage cars, until they strand themselves by flooding the engine or draining the battery. Um, what? Countless variations on this scenario exist -- girls getting cars stuck in mud, Asians revving mopeds in the desert, stranded pedal pumpers with “stinky work shoes.” According to The Daily Beast, Michelle McGee even confesses to making a few pedal pump videos. So evidently there’s a market for painted hags who look like Skeletor pumping the gas with swastikas on their toes too. Most of the videos make up for their poor production values with sophisticated dialogue like “start, godammit,” “no, I don’t wanna be stuck here,” and “fuck this Mustang.”

A search for the fetish yields over 200,000 Google returns and thousands of YouTube videos. There are hundreds of websites that cater to the fetish including,, and [All sort of/not really/but kind of Not Safe For Work?]

Videos and the rest of the article here.