I think the man with the electrified penis is asking a very good question here:

A Wall Street retiree wearing a red latex bodysuit and a black hood is strapped to a table while electric shocks surge into his penis. Talking to Daniel Bergner in his new book, “The Other Side of Desire,” the man compares his masochistic ecstasy to having onion skins stripped off his psyche.

“Is this a weird way to deal with life?” he asks Bergner at one point. “Consider the man who bought Mark McGwire’s seventieth home-run ball for three million dollars. Who’s weirder?”