This book is incredible for many reasons. Like flipping on a lantern in a dark room. Read this, for all your lovers ever and the future of your sex li...moreThis book is incredible for many reasons. Like flipping on a lantern in a dark room. Read this, for all your lovers ever and the future of your sex life. It's the kind of sex education you never got in school, partially because it wasn't invented yet. The study of desire and sexuality (especially as expressed by women) has remained a surprisingly "risky" professional move for social scientists, even though the mass media oozes with blatant sexuality. Finally, this paradox is deconstructed by a couple of neuroscientists who hold up the media (the internet in this case) as a mirror, revealing steadily human patterns with irrefutable and informative insights. These are the things you kind of knew anyhow, but reading it makes you go "OHHHH Yeaaaah!"... On top of the voyeuristic snickering at other people's semi-anonymous google searchings ("shemales in prom dresses," "Jake Gyllenhal shirtless," and "my friend's hot mom"), there comes a layer of enlightenment on sexuality - it all starts to make better sense. Lightbulbs of understanding for the opposite sex, and any lover you've ever had ever. Clarification and separation of the biological and social processes at work. Another skeleton key to secret garden of self-awareness.
"The greatest hurdle to sexual harmony is ignorance of the fact that members of the opposite sex (and other sexual orientations) are fundamentally different from ourselves."
"Our brain has a conscious, thinking cortex that is fully capable of pondering human sexuality and forming its own judgement. That's part of the joy of being human - figuring out what to do about the unique pattern of cues that nature and experience have endowed us with. We can accept our fantasies without becoming slaves to them. Maybe you'll explore your own cues in solitude; perhaps you'll seek those places where your cues intersect someone else's...But a lucid consideration of our unique suite of cues holds tremendous potential for deep personal fulfillment -- a fulfillment that we may not be able to experience from anything else." (less)
Not nearly as good as The Idiot Girl's Action Adventure Club. Maybe I just bristled at the sheer domesticity of it all - from dating to engagement to...moreNot nearly as good as The Idiot Girl's Action Adventure Club. Maybe I just bristled at the sheer domesticity of it all - from dating to engagement to the aunt's drunk wedding date to kids to home ownership to....you get the gist. meh. Notaro's voice was entertaining enough to keep me reading, and quick enough to zip through, but I found myself anticipating the topic of each upcoming chapter (next up: make up sex!) and drinking a sip of bourbon for each correct guess. In short, I turned the entire plot arc of Laurie Notaro's wacky but predictable personal life into a drinking game. kudos. (less)
A happy-go-lucky little "blog to book" primer on the wonderful world of bicycles. Includes a brief history of the sport, hilarious composites of the d...moreA happy-go-lucky little "blog to book" primer on the wonderful world of bicycles. Includes a brief history of the sport, hilarious composites of the different types of characters that populate the bicycle universe, the different bicycle subcultures (Messengers, Roadies, Urbanites, etc), and the bikes we all ride. Despite allusions to snobbery in the title, the author doesn't take himself or any of the other "bike snobs" too seriously and sets out to demystify biking. He re-iterates often that what makes one a "cyclist" is first and foremost the love of riding (ANY kind of bike ANYWHERE you ride it) and the fact that a "cyclist" will ride their bike places because they want to (not because they HAVE to). Also, anyone who wants to become a "cyclist" absolutely should - don't be intimidated by cliquey "bike snobs," just get out there and ride! (less)
This is a great book to inspire new knitters. My friend becky recently came to me with needles and yarn in hand -- she had been taking lessons -- in n...moreThis is a great book to inspire new knitters. My friend becky recently came to me with needles and yarn in hand -- she had been taking lessons -- in nashville, far from me sadly -- from an ardent "yarn nazi" who only approves of pure wool/alpaca/siberian goat hair fanciness and insisted that her student's first project be a pair of mittens. Needless to say, i helped sweep away her frustrations by showing her my 10 gallon tub of acrylic yarn and several items knitted out of *plastic garbage bags, *ribbons, *the yarn snobs' dreaded Acrylic, and other such "trashiness," and then I busted out my SNB collection and it got her excited and happy about knittin again. Rock on. Fancy yarn is nice, but no need for such snobbery, eh? yeh. (less)
The first "Bookwormen Lex" selection! It was a fast, intriguing, educational read. Henrietta Lacks was an African-American cancer patient at Johns Hop...moreThe first "Bookwormen Lex" selection! It was a fast, intriguing, educational read. Henrietta Lacks was an African-American cancer patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital who died in 1951 - however her cancer cells proved to be indestructable. Since 1951 quadrillions of her cancer cells (HeLa) have been distributed as specimens to research labs worldwide and used for testing and development of everything from medicines and vaccines to commercial products. However, her family was unaware that her tissue samples were being used this way and they spent years trying to sort it all out (often intimidated and without the education to understand the science behind the explanation). This is the true story Henrietta Lacks, her cellular contribution to science, her family's quest to understand (along with the irony that they cannot afford healthcare today and some of the treatments Henrietta's cells helped establish), the developing system of medical ethics and emerging legal precedents of patient privacy concerns. (less)