I used this as a reference in my A level media studies research investigation and started to flip through. By the time I'd pulled out any worthy quoteI used this as a reference in my A level media studies research investigation and started to flip through. By the time I'd pulled out any worthy quotes I'd pretty much read the book so I went back and read it again and it was definatley interesting. For started I'm definatley for sex, it's one of the most important parts of a relationship, not the most obviously but without it you don't have a relationship.
In this way I thought this book came across as very anti-sex in places and very pro-sex in others it's contradictory messgaes were a trifle confusing. Her description of raunch culture was pretty perseptive however I don't beleive it was all due to the media's pleasure. I think it has a lot to do with people today wanting absolutely everything and to be the best at everything such as collecting notches on the lipstick case and men's desires. So girl's dress up for men, with playboy bunnies and short skirts, I don't like it and I don't think anyone should dress for another I just don't understand it, I always dress in what I personally feel comfertable in and I wouldn't be caught dead in anything playboy, not that I don't like dressing sexily but at the right time and in my own way. It's part of an individual I beleive is how they express their own sexuality, whatever that might be.
I definatley think that sex is used in so much advertising nowadays that studies have shown that actually we focus more on the "sex" than the object that is being advertised. This shift I think shows us that sex is less shocking to us and more facinating especially to teenagers. It's a new world which promises things which up till now have been completey forbidden. As soon as teens are slightly exposed to such media or ideas they want to know everything and due to the internet they can. But as Levy says they are then exposed to things such as Jenna Jameson and other such porn stars who are fully accepted in society and learn that what they do is "normal" when it very much isn't. Especially things like threesomes etc. I don't consider it normal anyways. http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.com/...more
This is an utmost necessity for anyone who has any interest on any level in fashion or in fact photography. Since any good model is nothing without aThis is an utmost necessity for anyone who has any interest on any level in fashion or in fact photography. Since any good model is nothing without a photographer with matching skill the photographers are given good credit too. The greats such as Cecil Beaton and Tim Walker crop up regularly and the book really does go into detail about the behind the camera stuff which makes the picture come about. This all sounds deathly boring to anyone who isn't interested but it captivated me.
The Biographies - Not a butt-kissing drawn-out over the top list of of every reason why each model is brilliant. Up to now I thought models were spoilt rich pretty toys that lovely though they may be they're like THE toy to buy at christmas. Once you've had it for about a month you're done, it loses it shine and you move on. Models, I thought, were the Tamagotchi's of the fashion world. But no! They climb mountains, skydive, run farms, marry
princes, become movie stars and run off to Caribbean islands with a surfer to run a bar. Crazy what these models do in their spare time. But then again crazy is what a lot of them are, Something that came up again and again was weird and wonderful quirks that models had which leads me onto......
The Insecurities- Turns out even models do have 'em. Anne Gunning for example had big hands, well so she thought and had such an issue she never brought unnecessary attention to them. Strange isn't it? Especially when airbrushing would have us believe that there is literally no imperfections. THERE ARE ,Thank the lord. I feel much less guilty eating this doughnut as I type.
The Photos- Gorgeous of course. In full technicolour(when possible) in such a large format you couldn't ask for more. The picks are exactly the ones that I thought worked, some models get a couple more than others. Mostly the ones that made the biggest impact in the fashion industry like Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell.
To wrap it all up this is a gorgeous collection of the top models that you need to know to truly know the fashion industry. So well researched and so beautifully done that you just have to treasure it....more
Oh, the plight of booksellers! This book just shows every and all trails we go through every day......just kidding. It's a brilliantly put together coOh, the plight of booksellers! This book just shows every and all trails we go through every day......just kidding. It's a brilliantly put together collection of quotes, requests and observations from booksellers and bookshop oweners acorss the land (the land in question being The British Isles) that are particularly.....unique. With brilliant illustrations this book has delighted bookseller and customer alike with its difference in the book world. I say this but this is the first I've seen of its kind therefore different to me.
One of my favourites is CUSTOMER: "Have you read every single book in here?" BOOKSELLER: "No, I can't say I have." CUSTOMER: "Well you're not very good at your job, are you?"
I have no idea what I would say to that...at all. I'd probably revert back to my natural blondeness (nicely covered at the moment by a healthy blue colour) and give a default idiotic expression. I hate that I do this though in social intereactions when I panic even when I know what to do or how to help, if it doesn't fit my schema (or plan) of what is about to happen then the blondeness appears. Of course I'm not limiting this experience to only blondes but we do seem to have a predisposition within society for people to expect this of course and I dislike that I fit this general rule. Seeing as I do fit this rule on one side I should be having "more fun", instead I am revising things I have already learnt so that I can write down a portion of this in a specific way so I gain points which are then measured by a person who does not know me and then procceds to give me a letter which tells me how intelligent I am. This in turn decides what job I have, which house I live in and what sort of people I am more likely to meet in what area I spend the majority of my time. But that is just my personal view on exams and how I beleive they do not accurately measure a persons intelligence. Then again this new idea they've cooked up seems even worse so I'll just take my chances and hope for the best (that's what students are meant to do right? Apart from be promiscious and eat a lot of beans on toast).
BACK TO THE BOOK There is numerous mentions of mothers and their children in this book. I guess this is because some of the things said are actually quite baffling such as "I'm just going to nip to the supermarket to do the weekly shop. I'm going to leave my sons here, is that ok? They're three and five. They're no bother." I'm not a mother to be clear (hard to beleive if you listen to the statistics but it's true) but it seems odd to me that this woman is perfectly fine to leave her children in the care of someone who has many legitimate reasons to not look after them (no.1 it not being their job). If the bookseller was feeling particulary grumpy that day or had a dislike for small children then they could just wander off leaving the children in question to do whatever they pleased and handing the mother the check for the damage at the end (if there was any). Or they could be nice and keep and eye on them but does the mum really want to take this risk with a complete stranger who they know nothing about at all?
or am I just being paranoid and cynical?
WOW I REALLY HAVE TO STOP RANTING NOW What I really did love about this book was the beauty of people. All this different personalities of all ages, races and backgrounds were shown in this book and it really made me laugh. Mostly I guess because for a slightly odd person like myself it's nice to know there is other odd people out there http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.c......more
It's so beautiful. Ever so ever so beautiful and a must have for any enthusiast of tattoo art and it's world. The cover is an embossed white creationIt's so beautiful. Ever so ever so beautiful and a must have for any enthusiast of tattoo art and it's world. The cover is an embossed white creation which just hooks you in, with more tatto designs on the tracing paper like label stating it's contents. Once you crack open this beautiful thing (much excitement was felt during this) you encounter page after page, each different and yet all startingly brilliant.
If you haven't been able to tell whether I loved it or not I'll sum up I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT HURTS!!!! It has everything I love about art AND the tattoo world in one collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings and glitter art. Though not entirely sure how he did that I'm still likin it. Each medium has a new point therefore something new to offer.
The Ostrich eggs! Oh the ostrich eggs! They were so good! The fragility of the casing perfectly encaptured the object inside whether it be flowers or the human skull each is perfectly captured in graphite (I beleive) drawings. However this isn't the only piece of his art that this is present in many of his pieces. The stacks of dollar notes which we has oh so carfeully peeled away to reveal various clever incorperations of tradtional religeous imagery with traditional tattoo art. They work very well, funnily enough they both use strong black outline and simple shapes and lines to create images as opposed to the blurred realism of Impressionists (yeah I'm a bit of an art geek). I have no idea how long it took to create these but the abosolute dedication to this venture is impressive.
He doesn't stop at fragility though he takes on the idea of ownership and what is worth more to different people. He took "weapons" from various state prisons and coated them in gold, perhaps stating that for these prisoners thats what these weapons are worth. They are the line between life and death for them and are priceless, whereas we see a scredriver or a broken bottle and therefore not worth anything until covered in gold. This says a lot about our culture and our inability to view things from anothers perspective, this of course is me writing aloud as it were but thats what interesting. Thats what art is all about, artists create something mayby they'll be trying to make a point, maybe they want to create something beautiful but each person takes something different from that same object. But first and foremost Campbell is a tattoo artist and that is what he does. He's tattooed anyone whose famous and wants tattoos to be honest, I mean he's even tattooed Marc Jacobs! Great loss to the female world that, then again he makes up for it with gorgeous perfumes and bags etc. Plus he has a spongebob tattoo and I'm a big supporter of all lovers of spongebob (I have a t-shirt). The book also shows many designs that are just drawings, whether they've been used or not they are now immortalised in this book, whatever your taste (if spongebob isn't your thing) he's got something for you. The book also includes some history of the tatto, where they come from and why they came about which pulls you in. It sounds deathly boring but each culture has a different origin and different reason for wanting to mark their bodies so that they remember certain incidents, people or life-changing decisions. http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.c......more
It had to happen at some point didn't it? I made the (quite stupid decision really) to read much more non-fiction since I knew nothing about that wholIt had to happen at some point didn't it? I made the (quite stupid decision really) to read much more non-fiction since I knew nothing about that whole side of literature. So where to start? Obviously the Freakonomics series is what is going to be recommended to any non-fiction virgin so I dived straight in with.....wait, what? This is the second one?!?
Soooo, once again I've read the second before the first. This can't become a habit! It's doing my head in just thinking about what I've missed and beware this book references the first. Just in case you thought you could get away without reading the first one, you can-ish. I suggest reading the first first though. That's where you generally start. Unlike me. Idiot of the week.
Moving swiftly on. You cannot help but be captivated by this book, it's style and content are both interesting and relevant to the modern reader. Not only that but it makes an area of economics disgestible to someone who has never studied it and therefore knows barely anything. This, for me is the best part of it and what it does the best.
It's ideas and information about the economics which surround prostitution were particularly interesting to me since I've read Belle de Jour quite recently. This book let me compare her life between that of the average American prostitue and needless to say, she's been living a charmed life compared to many others in her profession. The statistics are factual and real whilst being intrriguing and represented in such a way that's new and refreshing.
Therefore I may, perhaps have been converted to the non-fiction world........and it's all down to a little freakonomics. ...more
I didn't know that this was part of a series when I got it and perhaps that has biased my thoughts on it but here they are anyway, for now.
I was excitI didn't know that this was part of a series when I got it and perhaps that has biased my thoughts on it but here they are anyway, for now.
I was excited to read this because strangely enough I have always been fascinated by the high-class prostitute. Their reasons, lifestyle, sacrifice and ability to cope with the stigma of their job is endlessly interesting. Belle De Jour is the top of her tree and her series of books really lets you into the life of a london call girl.
The only problem was that in this book, SHE RETIRES! Understandable and everything but not the book I was looking for! I didn't care about her life after until I'd heard of her life before which my own fault I admit and not the book, however why market the book as "Further Adventure of a London Call Girl" if she is not a call girl after about 3 chapters!
Her complicated love life and her diffficulty trying to establish a normal life is an interesting read and has a different style which I haven't read anything like before. It makes the series interesting to me and makes me feel like I really should give the other books a chance, well the first at least.
This book kept itself interesting by including letters from people to Miss Belle and her advice. These were really amusing and her shamelessness was hilarious to read. Such as this one:
Dear Belle I'm going out with a pair of best friends: one knows, the other does not. I'm having lots of sex but it does chafe rather. Any tricks of the trade to help me out?
Dear Double-Booked Sorry, but has the message to lube well and often missed your household? Lube well. And often. If the front entry wears out, use the back for a bit. But for goodness' sake, girl, are you mad? You're missing the oppurtunity for a threesome if you don't tell the other gent what's going on!
The primary concern of Miss Belle being that Double-Booked is missing out on a threesome where many would be in moral uproar is brilliant and aan excellent example of why I respect this woman. She has whatever sex in whatever way she wishes because she wants to and refuses to be ashamed of that fact, I wish wholeheartedly that this would be the opinion of more women. Really the only thing they can gain is great sex and who doesn't want that?
So all in all, interesting style wise but I would a) read the first book first (who woulda guessed?) b)Really question whether you want to read someones diary in which they date someone you really really hate. Trust me, you will hate the Boy. If you don't you are the Boy.
I know, I know a celebrity autobiography. I succumbed! Even I was half expecting a 368 page long monologue about how tough his life was in drama schooI know, I know a celebrity autobiography. I succumbed! Even I was half expecting a 368 page long monologue about how tough his life was in drama school with no money and then one day BAM they're talent is realised that was there all along. BUT NO. This was not at all like that, heart-wrenching tale yes, but completely justified.
His start in life as a quite pudgy Chinese kid who was adored by his family quickly turned into a petrified obese teenager who felt terribly alone and petrified after some idiot threatens him. Drama unsurprisingly is the way he turns, psychologically it makes perfect sense. He develops an emotional rush and dependance on the positive reaction to his humour which is most brought out in Drama whilst simultaneously helping him forget his own failure by laying it at his characters door and not his true self.
Once he has earned a place a drama school however it all goes terribly wrong, his fear of failure goes into overdrive and he turns anorexic. But instead of using this horrific tale of food abuse to get as much sympathy as possible Gok uses a factual, light-hearted style that states his thoughts, feelings and actions without wringing you out. This, for me at least, made me truly feel for him and care for him as a person. Hope the best for his future, which slowly develops and is truly joyful to read.
I was so happy for him when things started to go right and he found a direction that I just couldn't stop reading. I was hooked! I found every excuse possible to keep reading to see how he got from the lowest self confidence I have ever heard of in a person to turning womens confidence from nothing to a healthy amount.
Even if you don't watch Gok or have any idea who he is his book is absolutely worth reading from a human interest perspective. I recommend to all, even people who hate autobiographies...
You have to respect the determination to be famous he had I just don't think it read that well.
Let's be honest if you're going to read a celebrity'sYou have to respect the determination to be famous he had I just don't think it read that well.
Let's be honest if you're going to read a celebrity's autobiography you want to know things we have no access or way of knowing. E.g. Dominic Cooper sounds like a loon, a lovable loon, Russell Brand has a sex problem(all very shocking) So the raptures of Shelley and Sheridan and every other person he met/dates/worked with was disappointing in the scoop stakes.
He admitted he was a dick. This was something I was looking for because we all knew it, I was just waiting for him to admit to it. Fair enough you believed the hype everyone has at some stage been brought back down to earth. It's only when you have contact with so many people like in this case that it's pretty savage. That being said though he did apologize to EVERYONE. ALL. THE. TIME.
I'd say 57% of the book was an apology, 5% anecdotes, 30% rattling off his imdb page, and 8% girlfriend talk (non-juicy bits)
He is by far not the worst author and this is by far not the worst celebrity autobiography (that particular crown is still worn by Katie Price) but still not especially great either....more
Celebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not tCelebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not talking about the serious tone because I was aware of his depression and other issues before hand. It was more the description of his work, either the work swallowed up his life ooorrrr his life didn't make the final cut because I felt constantly that I was hearing of his never-ending failures.
Now I realise that it being an autobiography he cannot make those failures successes but it was the style in which they were told. Very reminiscent of a list, like this happened and it failed so we moved on to this and it failed and then this and it failed. Every so often though it was interspersed with a part of his life, like his friendship with Matt Lucas or his relationships which was so honest and open that it was a pleasure to read. These interspersions made the book readable but just.
I trudged through this which was such a let down to me since I was looking forward to it so much. The writing style itself was not the problem, on that score I have nothing to complain about. It has the conversational style which I enjoy in an autobiography and yet keeps an informative tone which keeps the whole book grounded. Which was important in this book especially as it could have easily escalated in madness.
All in all I would recommend this for only die hard Walliams fans, otherwise maybe give this one a miss....