A good coffee table book, exactly what you want if you want kink-themed art in a nice large readable collection.
Mostly white people, mostly thin fit pA good coffee table book, exactly what you want if you want kink-themed art in a nice large readable collection.
Mostly white people, mostly thin fit people, which is a shame. But the photographer has good style, and it's as much about the aesthetic as it is about sexuality (in fact there may not be a lot of erotic content, I was mostly interested in it as a series of photos about a scene and its clothes and its attitude.
Not much annotation, so it's not a great textual education....more
Not my thing; a survey of various european philosopher's views of what beauty is, and of course by beauty they mean sexualized beauty. It's mostly aboNot my thing; a survey of various european philosopher's views of what beauty is, and of course by beauty they mean sexualized beauty. It's mostly about form. It's mostly about white beauty; to the author's credit, there are some Indian and Japanese paintings included.
Might make a nice coffee-table book and might be interesting to classic art historians or people who like big sexualized words with a peppering of french terminology....more
1) I bought this book many years ago because i was curious and intimidated by the scene and public sexuality in general, and being a gTwo lulz to note
1) I bought this book many years ago because i was curious and intimidated by the scene and public sexuality in general, and being a generally socially anxious person never read it until now, a few years after deciding I'm happy as a spinster. So I'm totally not the intended audience and in fact may be an anti-audience. 2) I interpreted the title as how to be more kinky after reading; I did not realize there is an earlier, more introductory book called 'How to be Kinky'
Anyway, given that: I think the book is pretty great, for the follow reasons:
1) I didn't realize it _wasn't_ an intro book. As you read it everything seems like basic stuff, even if some of the techniques are designed in more of a reference/survey way (Hmm, we want to try out X, let me peruse the appropriate chapter) 2) There's a lot of basic knowledge in every chapter. The book assumes you're a novice at all things, and for example while there is a chapter dedicated to safety near the end of the book, specific safety tips run through each chapter. 3) Morpheus has a very kindly and gently funny way of writing. His tone is a tone of safety and kindness, and it shows in what he advocates as well (even while gleefully discussing a scene from a dominant point of view.) It really sets the right mood, as someone who has peripheral exposure to compassion/kindness-centric fetish scenes now. 4) The models in the book are relatively diverse. As always one can keep striving towards perfection of showing that every body type, shape, etc... is a happy participating in this activity, but unlike a lot of books which focus on a thin white goth sultry look, this book does at least show different kinds of people playing together. And they don't necessarily look model-sultry, sometimes they look like you or me having fun! 5) The book focuses as much on soft skills as hard skills. The book not only talks about how to do an activity, but also tips on engaging with the other person to invoke the kinds of moods he assumes yo want to evoke while also strengthening/maintaining your relationship in a general sense. This obviously becomes very key when dealing with dominant/submissive or master/slave relationships, but he also does things like talk about surprises when using particular tools, or the fluid distinction between kink, poly, open relationships, etc....
I'm really curious what the "more basic" book in this series says now! Anyway I think this is a great orientation on how to engage with kink, and a good starting reference on a variety of kink activities even you'll want resources for digging deeper eventually....more
I can't remember the last time I gave up on a book, and it isn't always that I do so on one of the most important books I've ever seen.
How to describeI can't remember the last time I gave up on a book, and it isn't always that I do so on one of the most important books I've ever seen.
How to describe this book? It's apparently syllabus notes, perhaps private course notes from a professor trying to teach her craft, alongside some anecdotes to try to explain these teachings to the outside reader (and some sketches which might exist for the author to explain things to herself.)
Most writings on creativity in art wind up talking about creative writing. If they aren't (perhaps they are about a visual art) they at least use some kind of sequential linguistics to explain the praxis and whatever teachings the writer would like to impart.
Not so this book. It is a reproduction of a sketchbook, that yellow-lind paper people use to write their rough notes, and almost everything is drawn. There are stories written on the page, but it's clear that the primary communication is some form of drawing.
This enhances the book's feel. Is is one of those books of which pleasure is encoded in its tactile construction. The paper is rough and delicate, like those onion-skin notepads, feeling wonderful to the touch while also threatening to rip on every turn. It's the kind of book you want to protect, to hold at night.
What are the drawings about? Beats the hell out of me. The course the author teaches appears to be on creativity, but it appears that it was not designed for the professionals, the practitioners, or perhaps even the inclined. The book suggests that I, a software developer (an older type, a furtive type, not the kind who invents in his head the next idea to hit it big on Y Combinator or 'disruptive' innovation tech news sites, the type of software developer who loves to solve problems but is incredibly afraid when dropped in the middle of a blank canvas) could gain something if I could go to the class, perform the exercises that make no sense, eat the supplied candy that the class promises I can 'have all I want' of as long as I draw the candy I've eaten (no matter how well.)
Something in this book explains how to think creatively. You can see it in the anecdotes, the author wondering about how a once-favourite assignment become a bore one year, and realizing that she had accidentally suggested a short-cut that removed the whole experimentation aspect. You can see it in how she encourages you to, whenever idle, draw spirals on any blank paper within reach ...
But what I can't see is what the heck the rest of the book is about. What are all these sketches for? What are all these assignments for? Why does the author show me page after page after page of her students' drawings? I'm supposed to be learning something from them, but this is denser than any theoretical or philosophical mathematical book I don't have the acumen to grok.
I struggled with this book for two library checkout periods, trying to struggle my way through every page, and eventually gave up less than 50% through. Instead I found all the straightforward bits, read them, understood something that is still novel to my non-creative mind, and moved on. The rest I accepted as something I'll only get when I'm at the right level to get, even if I never actually get there. (As someone who has brute-forced his way into programming language, I am not unfamiliar with this struggle :D)
This isn't a book I can read in one go, or rent from a library. This is a mind-process so above mine in this aspect and yet so clearly trying to portray their mental process that I will need to own it, repeatedly go over it, try out some of the stuff, figure out what exactly I want _if anything_ out of it (why do I need to become a more creative personality? What am I going for?) and read it until slowly the onion skins of not-understanding are layer-by-layer peeled from my mind.
I feel this is a good gift for humble artist friends. I feel this is a great book for people who like nonconventional graphic novels. I feel this is a good book for people who love Ivan Brunetti (who is mentioned and taken as inspiration often)...more
Beautifully written, in the sense that I, a mere layperson, could understood a whole book on theoretical physics with minimum eye-glaze or supervisionBeautifully written, in the sense that I, a mere layperson, could understood a whole book on theoretical physics with minimum eye-glaze or supervision.
I would have loved this book being taught in a non-specialized school course, because this is the kind of stuff that feels really powerful and enlightening to know and yet doesn't mire you non-layperson rigour. It probably increases my literacy in levels beyond loose concepts used in television/movies for plot justification.
I am being mean-spirited by taking off one star for the sole purpose of indicating that this book did not fill me with a great subjective joy; in other ways, given my limited education on the matter, it seemed flawless from my frame of reference. Some of the book's 'banter' felt forced or dated. I am thankful the book went out of its way not to go into an anti-god diatribe and be gently charitable on the matter, and I assume the choice to address the possibility of the universe being god's creation was a purposeful one and an aim of the book (but the need for the aim wasn't apparent to me, even if I respect how it was done.)...more
I am a programmer. My idea of a beautiful UI is Nethack. My idea of a great UX is grep. (Hint: You probably don't want me designing a UI, ever.)
But wrI am a programmer. My idea of a beautiful UI is Nethack. My idea of a great UX is grep. (Hint: You probably don't want me designing a UI, ever.)
But writing a web site, even a dynamic one, is something I have to do as part of my profession, and if nobody else takes on that task, I guess it's on me. And we as developers need empathy in general, let alone an understanding of what is the way that will make as wide an audience feel happiest when using our product (and enabling people to do with what I make what everything that I hope it offers them.)
I was designing a webapp to learn some new technology and see if I could get even an amateur hobby web/mobile application under my belt, and was looking for something as thoughtless as "this is how all apps should be designed. Always make them look like this. Always have these pieces here" and so on.
This was the second book I read. The first, Joel Spolsky's User Interface Design for Programmers was good at at beating into my head the kind of values I needed to approach this from an empathy point of view.
This book gets more into the nuts and bolts, even if at an introductory level. It's the kind of book I'm going to need to own and keep around me as I try to do something very foreign to me, design a web page, and keep referencing to make sure I'm sticking to the framework of though as I'm doing what I'm doing ... when in doubt, skim over the book and reassert that I'm on the right path.
I probably haven't digested the material enough to recite it back, but basically, it gives me a little bit of a basic layout for how I should structure an app, but also builds into models of how I should anticipate the user engaging with what I make, how they will scan the app and hunt for things in very different ways than I think when engaging with software, and so on. It gives you practical thoughts on how to think of your product as a tool that people are only using because they want to achieve something and maybe your tool will help them do that.
So yeah, my big recommendation is that if you're clueless about UX like me, you'll want to have this book around to reorient yourself around repeatedly, like little mantras and compasses....more
Bought this book under a kind of duress, but it was totally worth it.
As the summary says, Magic Boy is an old man who builds a robot which goes back iBought this book under a kind of duress, but it was totally worth it.
As the summary says, Magic Boy is an old man who builds a robot which goes back in time and kills him to take his place.
It's a crude book which reveals the author's crude mind, but it's one of vulnerability. Magic Boy struggles with being old, but also enjoys it, and reminisces about his life. There's a lot of vulnerable frailty, magic boy's nudity is not avoided as the capabilities of his own body are part of the exploration.
There's also a lot of weird shit that doesn't make all that much sense. But if you like things like Ivan Brunetti's Schizo, this will be right up your alley.
If you like robots who are killer and confused and vulnerable, if you like cats with agendas, if you like dopey old men, if you like very unstylized violence and people unafraid of having caused their own deaths, you will enjoy this book....more