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Publisher Comments:

In the age of Oprah, Dr. Phil, and countless other self-help disciplinarians, indulging in any kind of pleasurable pastime is on the brink of extinction. But it's not too late to revive those lost pleasures that make life worth living.

The Hedonism Handbook can help put the three-martini lunch, the baguette with real butter, the deep tan, the unfiltered cigarette, or the simple act of lying in a hammock under the stars back within our grasp. A tongue-in-cheek, satirical guide to the "good" life, The Hedonism Handbook will help us reclaim it all.

With his characteristic wit, author Michael Flocker combines humorous reviews of historical excesses, suggestions for everyday indulgences, lists of hedonistic icons with famous quotes, and earnest warnings about the perils of structured living. Made up of ten worldly wise chapters arranged to form a journey for the reader — a path from the straight-and-narrow into wide-open fields of frivolity — The Hedonism Handbook will help readers master the lost arts of leisure and pleasure. It provides an entertaining, yet (if you're not careful), life-changing read.

Review:

"Built around the notion that a new wave of self-help puritanism-abetted by the good ol' American drive toward success and eternal youth-is stifling the nation with 'tedious' ideals, Flocker's campy little volume aims to redirect readers toward a more lofty goal: the pursuit of pleasure. Fans of Flocker's 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 Good-Buy 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, Flocker's ideas and examples appear grasped-at rather than pondered-on. For another, he's 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. Flocker's 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 one's partner in crime." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Flocker, the oracle of panache...returns with this fetching little paperback that celebrates life as it should be lived." USA Today

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of The Metrosexual Guide to Style, a guide to mastering the lost arts of leisure and pleasure.

Synopsis:

By the best-selling author of The Metrosexual Guide to Style, an amusing tour of vice and its virtues and the anti-self help book of all time.

About the Author

The author of the best-selling The Metrosexual Guide to Style, Michael Flocker lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306814143
Subtitle:
Mastering The Lost Arts Of Leisure And Pleasure
Author:
Flocker, Michael
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Hedonism
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Beauty and Fashion-Beauty General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
October 12, 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5.25 in 8 oz

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Product details 208 pages Da Capo Press - English 9780306814143 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Built around the notion that a new wave of self-help puritanism-abetted by the good ol' American drive toward success and eternal youth-is stifling the nation with 'tedious' ideals, Flocker's campy little volume aims to redirect readers toward a more lofty goal: the pursuit of pleasure. Fans of Flocker's 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 Good-Buy 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, Flocker's ideas and examples appear grasped-at rather than pondered-on. For another, he's 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. Flocker's 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 one's partner in crime." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Flocker, the oracle of panache...returns with this fetching little paperback that celebrates life as it should be lived."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of The Metrosexual Guide to Style, a guide to mastering the lost arts of leisure and pleasure.
"Synopsis" by ,
By the best-selling author of The Metrosexual Guide to Style, an amusing tour of vice and its virtues and the anti-self help book of all time.
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