Very different world from the one we live in with internet pornography. Instead, it feels like there are two stories that are less widely regarded, the rise of pornography and the sh0rt-lived heyday of swinging communities. Released on probation, and after working at various jobs for a few years, Rubin one day visited his older married sister in Chicago and became attracted to the young Czechoslovakian girl then taking care of the baby. I wanted my smut done up right, by a literary professional. It provides a snapshot of liberated pre- sexual morality. But that's not why I read it.
Still, it's worthy of a 3. Because you haven't read this book. Always, by the time my manhood dropped, such things were wayyyyy in the past. This doesn't diminish the interest in Talese's reporting, which is remarkable, and kept me flipping back to the note at the start, that :the names of the people in this book are real, and the scenes and events described on the following pages actually happened. New York: New American Library. It knows no moral code.
In preparation for writing the book, Talese resided for several months at clothing-optional resort. Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven's Gate. Still, for as many intimate revelations as he makes, Talese seems awfully reluctant to even mention homosexuality. It also tells the story of multiple people who struggled to figure out sexual preferences, who struggled with monogamy, who were able to separate physical hunger from emotional needs Curious case of sandstone project, playboy origins and all the people who fought for the freedom of artistic expression. To me the great weakness in the swinging lifestyle came to light in the recent case of the California couple who, in their separate search for sex partners, managed to screw-up their child-care arrangements and leave their young daughter alone and unprotected at home. Still, he kept me interested enough to bother winding my way through all 600 pages. Now considered a classic, this fascinating personal oddysey and revealing public reflection on American sexuality changed the way Americans looked at themselves and one another.
He elevates even minor characters--lawyers, ex-spouses, secretaries--to fully developed protagonists, each with a history and story. It also made me wonder about where my own history and attitudes would fit, if I tried to write it out into a similar style of narrative. It all seems a bit dated now, I suppose, and the author's style is a bit too clinical and dry. Talese's treatment of the legal aspects of the sexual revolution would be utterly riveting even without the salacious material at hand. One of the greatest sources of frustration in contemporary society is that people feel so powerless, not only in relation to what happens in the world around them but in influencing what happens in their own lives.
Porn is absolutely everywhere, turning a 13 billion dollar profit in America, with a majority of men watching it regularly and being more open about that now than maybe ever before. Her mother, a woman who had social ambitions for her daughter, was never crazy about Gay, but she insisted they get engaged if they were going to see each other exclusively. We meet couples whose buttoned-down lives were transformed by sexual liberation. You never know where she is. Still worth going into, however. We meet the prophets of the new sexuality: Hugh Hefner, Alex Comfort, and others. The book doesn't leave you with any easy conclusions or a pat thesis to take away.
Is Gay a philandering bastard or a pioneering anthropologist? As though anyone could read that thing anyway. Not quite sure if the premise is true. Its hard to know how related these developments are to some of the questions that emerged during the 70's, especially considering how many of these questions greatly pre-date the 70's and how much technology has changed our lives in such a short amount of time, but I feel like reading this book gave me some interesting context to reflect on. Thy Neighbor's Wife Although it shocked the world when it was first published in 1981, bestselling author Gay Talese's exploration into the hidden and changing sex lives of Americans from all walks of life is now considered a classic. Sex is not a crime. They wanted to totally possess their spouse, to expect monogamy, and if one partner admitted an infidelity to the other it would most likely be interpreted as a sign of a deteriorating marriage. No sir, you don't know.
It probably harkens back to our earliest days as Puritans in New England, where we funneled our suppressed sexuality into killing Indians and witches. Citizens for Decent Literature, Comstock of the crazy Comstock Laws, and more. But as facts and figures were revealed, I began to realize that this was a nonfiction study of the sex industry in this country. I was led to this book by Amazon recommendation when i thought of purchasing sex at dawn. But women like Judith- unlike truly liberated females like Barbara and Arlene- could not simply accept a man as a temporary instrument of pleasure; they wanted soft lights and promises, not just a penis but the man attached to it. Thy Neighbor's Wife Details A couple of my friends read this book and enjoyed it and, after reading Sex at Dawn recently, which provides an evolutionary psychology based argument against monogamy, I became interested in reading this book chronicling American adventures in sexual nonconformity during the so-called sexual revolution.
So it was mainly Harold, sometimes accompanied by his younger brother, who interrupted the prevailing silence and boredom in the house. Ever since Talese opened the door to their personal lives in the early seventies, he invited in all manner of speculation about the nature of their relationship. I had a subscription to Playboy when I was in boarding school, starting in 1960. Our fellow citizens have fought for our freedom of expression over the intervening centuries, tooth and claw, at personal expense including imprisonment. It is a tour de force set piece in which Talese graphically recreates a masturbatory night of 15 year-old Harold Rubin. That said, it is more or less impossible to separate the book's literary merit from its prurience.
Even when Talese brings himself into the book at the very end, he continues to write in the third person and in an odd way, he tells you the fewest details about his own interior life as a witness to all that goes on in the book compared with the depth he goes into telling the life stories of the other major players in the book. Talese, whom I knew as the author of a realistic book about the Mafia, takes over 600 this book landed in my library as part of several boxes of books that a retired oil man and journalist Clete Jones wanted to get rid of. It's sex, the most important I read this a long time ago in paperback, but found this on the local library's for sale shelf and picked it up. It had been her first sexual experience, and it would make her pregnant. Talese really brings home how difficult it was to break through the efforts to any public expression of sexuality, and the price that some people paid in money and actual prison time.
Talese charts the changing attitudes and some of the people challenging them — whether they were wife swappers, publishers, adulterers, club owners, sex gurus, lawyers, and so on — as American society swung from uptight and puritanical to permissive and free thinking, and back again and so on, and so on. I like the idea that it's kind of a social history of the sexual revolution, its antecedents and its aftermath, though I don't think that's quite it. All those long publishing lunches. Talese's treatment of the legal aspects of the sexual revolution would be utterly riveting even without the salacious material at hand. What emerges is a sprawling landscape of people and beliefs that are textured, subtle and entirely credible. This is a controversial move, which is highlighted and derided in just about every contemporary review I've read. We meet the prophets of the new sexuality: Hugh Hefner, Alex Comfort, and others.