To me this book is part instruction manual, part cautionary tale. I also could not put it down and read it in about three days, hence the four stars.
T...moreTo me this book is part instruction manual, part cautionary tale. I also could not put it down and read it in about three days, hence the four stars.
This book was suggested to me by a female friend. "This book was really an eye opener for me. Don't read it, you're too nice."
The author manages to make you like him or at least not hate him, and within the context of the community he appears to be one of the more grounded and genuine people of the ensemble.
What really makes this book fun to read though is the drama that ensues after members of the PUA community decide to move in together in a mansion in Hollywood. Courtney Love comes to stay and meanwhile friends are becoming enemies and the whole thing just falls apart.
You can take what you want from this book. After reading Tokyo Vice I needed a book that was non fiction and could hold my attention. I find it hard to imagine any man who reads this book would ever hence want to become a pick up artist. Whilst describing in detail methods for picking up and seducing women, the book also reveals the socially debilitating effects the game has on many of its proponents, particularly those who use it to learn how to socialise from their teen years. It also dips into briefly how the pick up community has abberated from its most early good intentions of just helping lonely guys meet a partner.
In the end this book was a small confidence boost, because I am me and not some pick-up artist: you almost (but don't) feel sorry for these pathetic shmucks who resort to ROTE learned lines and routines in order to feel confident in approaching the opposite sex.
Next up: I will be reading Backlash, by Susan Faludi.(less)
This essay presented a compelling argument for moving forward on the issue of tackling energy transitions and climate change. My only gripe was that i...moreThis essay presented a compelling argument for moving forward on the issue of tackling energy transitions and climate change. My only gripe was that it didn't spend much time surmising the details of the proposed 'plan B'.
It's given me a lot to think about and I'm glad I read it.(less)
Transport planning or lack thereof effects everyone. Good transit systems improve the liveability and environmental imp...moreTLDR: Planners, read this book.
Transport planning or lack thereof effects everyone. Good transit systems improve the liveability and environmental impact of every rural and urban area. If you are a transport planner, environmentalist, economist or just an enthusiast, you must read this book.
Mees' analysis of some of the best and worst public transport systems in western nations is more than insightful - for many failing cities this book is a revolution. Setting his sights away from the ultra high density cities of Asia and instead focusing on North America, Australia, New Zealand, England and Democratised Europe to make a point: excellent transport systems are possible and high density is not the golden key to success.
Shredded to pieces is also the long perpetuated myth that simply franchising or privatising public transport will bring about unparalleled efficiency through competition. In reality regional systems must be integrated and coordinated to be effective, and not all required routes can be profitable meaning they would be abandoned under free enterprise. The decline into "autopia" in many cities has come from the slow death of failing transit policy, and pro-motoring measures that have been prevalent in too much of the western world.
Mees brings together all the lessons learned from transport success stories including Zurich, Vancouver and Toronto, and identifies the basic characteristics that can be applied to any city or region. (less)