Philosophy in the Dungeon: The Magic of Sex and Spirit Paperback – May 8 2011
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About the Author
For more than seventeen years Jack Rinella wrote LeatherViews a weekly, column about his favorite topic: kinky sex. A sought-after lecturer, Jack has presented seminars on BDSM history, techniques, and relationships across the country. Born in Albany, New York of Italian-American parents, he's the author of eight books, including the best-selling The Master’s Manual. He has a Bachelor degree in Philosophy and a Master Degree in Business Administration. He has been active in the Leather scene since 1983, is a founding member of MAsT-Chicago, an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, and serves as a director on the board of the Leather Leadership Conference. He lives on the North side of Chicago where he passes the time writing, cruising, and falling in love whenever he can.
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Which expresses a lot of how I felt reading "Philosophy In The Dungeon." Jack goes into great amounts of detail about different religions, philosophies, mysticism and "The Many Ways Of Knowing" for the first five chapters. It is a dry, academic excersize to absorb and digest, and may require a few doublebacks as you attempt to take it all in. Then, once the sixth chapter entitled "Unity" arrives, Jack allows more personal details to infiltrate his information. Suddenly you get the insight into how he arrives at these statements, and the book becomes engaging. You get pulled over the tipping point and the thrill kicks in.
As Jack begins to describe his personal journey and the gamut of emotions he's experienced in the process thus far, "Philosophy In The Dungeon" broadens its appeal. What started out as dry college textbook material becomes more connected and understandable. While I still personally feel that "Partners in Power: Living in Kinky Relationships" remains Jack's best book to date, "Philosophy In The Dungeon" peels back the black leathers to take a look towards the inner light that many of us in Power Exchange situations search for and what guides the author during his continuing "process of life."
This book came to me at the exact right time in my life. My wife and I have been kinky for a number of years. We're practicing Dark Tantra and Jack discusses so many amazing topics that speak to me on a personal level. He posits the concept that spirit, body, and mind are a unified whole. More than that, Jack has done his homework going back to antiquity with examples from India, Greece, and other great spiritual ideas. He also uses examples from his own experience to describe his evolution as a kinkster, and spirit-based being.
This book is deep, and the author lays out a story so compelling, it's hard to put the book down. While reading it myself, I had so many 'wow!' moments, I can't remember them all. If you like reading spiritually-centered books about BDSM, or if you're a kinky explorer searching for the sublime meaning of wiitwd, this is the book for you.
All the best, Mark
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Recommendation: author or publisher needs to learn Dreamweaver or Amazon's tools.
Note - This is for the Kindle Edition.
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