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View your sex life in a different light and learn how it can make you happier.
Sex is the most intimately human experience there is. It can also be the most confusing. Our desire to be together conflicts with our desire to avoid vulnerability and appear "normal", leaving us detached, desensitised or embarrassed.
Covering topics including adultery, lust, pornography and impotence, Alain de Botton argues that 21st century sex will always be a balancing act of trust versus risk, and of primal desire versus studied civility. By examining sex from a subjective – rather than scientific – perspective, he uncovers new ideas on how we can achieve that balance.
Pulling back the sheets on modern sexuality, How To Think More About Sex offers important and surprising wisdom that proves that being good in bed is really all in your head.
About the Author
Alain de Botton is the author of the international bestsellers, How Proust Can Change Your Life, Essays in Love and The Art of Travel, and other books that try to throw light on the big challenges of our lives. He is the founder of Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk), a social enterprise which gets top architects to build holiday homes for rental by anyone. He is also the founder of The School of Life, for which this series has been designed.
ISBN: 9781447202271 ISBN-10: 1447202279 Series: The School of Life Audience:
Number Of Pages: 160 Published: 10th May 2012 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives
in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described
as a 'philosophy of everyday life. He’s written on love, travel,
architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30
countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London
called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.
Alain’s newest book is published in April 2009 and is titled The
Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.
Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love
[titled On Love in the US], was published when he was twenty-three. It
minutely analysed the process of falling in and out of love, in a style
that mixed elements of a novel together with reflections and analyses
normally found in a piece of non-fiction. It's a book of which many
readers are still fondest and it has sold two million copies worldwide.
It was with How Proust can change your Life that Alain's work reached a
truly global audience. The book was a particular success in the United
States, where the mixture of an ironic 'self-help' envelope and an
analysis of one of the most revered but unread books in the Western
canon struck a chord. It was followed by The Consolations of
Philosophy, to which it was in many ways an accompaniment. Though
sometimes described as popularisations, these two books were at heart
attempts to develop original ideas (about, for example, friendship,
art, envy, desire and inadequacy) with the help of the thoughts from
other thinkers – an approach that would have been familiar to writers
like Seneca or Montaigne and that disappeared only with the growing
professionalisation of scholarship in the 19th century.
Alain then returned to a more lyrical, personal style of writing. In
The Art of Travel, he looked at themes in the psychology of travel: how
we imagine places before we have seen them, how we remember beautiful
things, what happens to us when we look at deserts, or stay in hotels
or go to the countryside. In Status Anxiety, he examined an almost
universal anxiety that is rarely mentioned directly: the anxiety about
what others think of us; about whether we're judged a success or a
failure, a winner or a loser. In The Architecture of Happiness, Alain
discussed questions of beauty and ugliness in architecture. Much of the
book was written at de Botton's home in West London, just near
Shepherd's Bush roundabout, one of the uglier man-made places, which
nevertheless provided helpful examples of how important it is to get
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work saw Alain travelling across the world
for two years with a photographer in tow, looking at people in their
workplaces and reflecting on the great themes of work: why do we do it?
How can it be more bearable? What is a meaningful life? The book is at
once lyrical and gripping like a novel can be, and yet also packed with
ideas and analysis.
In the summer of 2009, Alain was appointed Heathrow's first
Writer-in-Residence and wrote a book about his experiences, A Week at
Aside from writing, de Botton has been involved in making a number of
television documentaries - and now helps to run a production company,
In the summer of 2008, Alain realised a life-long dream when he helped
to launch a miniature 'university' called The School of Life - which
emulates the spirit of enquiry and playfulness found in his books and
which aims not only to discuss life, but also change it for the better.
Following on in this entrepreneurial vein, Alain has also helped to
start a new organisation called Living Architecture which is building
world-class modern architecture for rental around the UK. In 2009,
Alain was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British
Architects, in recognition of his services to architecture.