The Hedonism Handbook: Mastering The Lost Arts Of Leisure And Pleasure Paperback – Oct 13 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Built around the notion that a new wave of self-help puritanismabetted by the good ol American drive toward success and eternal youthis stifling the nation with "tedious" ideals, Flockers campy little volume aims to redirect readers toward a more lofty goal: the pursuit of pleasure. Fans of Flockers previous book, the bestselling Metrosexual Guide to Style, will appreciate his clever lists and section titles: e.g. "Top Ten Reasons Big Rats Abandon the Race" and "Looking GoodBuy the Outfit, Screw the Phone Bill." The pages are delightfully laid out, with amusing marginalia and wonderful Victorian-era illustrations, and there are plenty of barbs to keep readers chuckling. For example, writing of May-December relationships, Flocker quips: "The trick, on both sides of the fence, is to feign serious interest." But the book nonetheless feels a bit too weakly espoused. For one, Flockers ideas and examples appear grasped-at rather than pondered-on. For another, hes constantly hedging his argument, always calling for caution and balance in the indulgences he espouses, as though afraid of a backlash from the very forces that he mocks. Flockers first book was notable for its dissection of an existing trend; it seems unlikely that his second will spark a new one. That said, this little red book does have its moments of wit, joy and even profundity and, as a novelty gift, it could make a charming nudge to ones partner in crime.
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About the Author
The author of the best-selling 'The Metrosexual Guide to Style', 'The Hedonism Handbook', and 'The Fame Game', Michael Flocker lives in New York City.
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I am the type of person who puts a great deal of pressure on myself in all aspects of my life. This obviously results in a heightened level of stress, discomfort and overall disillusionment.
This book will truly debunk those of us who find ourselves constantly rushing so that we may eventually "live the good life". Most of us do this, only to find that it is too late to enjoy it by the time we get there. This book will help you to realize that the good life must be led, in moderation, on a daily basis.
There are plenty of lines in this book that will stun you, as you will realize that you've said that in your own mind, but never heard anyone else say it. The idea is not to be lazy or perverted (as the modern hedonist has come to be known), but to learn to let loose and enjoy your life.
The author takes you through a history or hedonism, from the worlds' greatest and most reknown to the modern laws that attempt to trap the would-be hedonist into a life of self-deprivation and distress.
Wonderful book. This is the best thing I've read in years!
This is such a book, it is one of the best and least expensive vacations I have ever taken. At the end you want to take the author out for a great time just to say thanks. I owe him two because of his last book as well.
Many of my friends will be getting copies this holiday season.
o our obsession with dieting (enjoy food, dress well...feel well)
o the mad race about being number one (yes, there are alternatives)
o review on your deadbed (can be a wake up call for some)
Well written and always with 'littel slap on the head' remarks like; if i want it it must be right or life is short, so i must dress well.
I'm finishing now and enjoy with my partner some care-free time, wine, s... and a cigarette ;-)
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