The Pleasure Book

by Julius Fast | Entertainment |
ISBN: 0812821696 Global Overview for this book
Registered by glade1 of McLeansville, North Carolina USA on 5/27/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Picked up from the free shelf at the used book store over the weekend. It's a book of essays about ways to "stop and smell the roses" and enjoy life. From the back cover:

The Pleasure Book invites you to try dozens of new pleasures. Here are just a few:

Hooky Without Hang-ups: How to leave office worries far behind with an unusual lunchtime activity.

May Your Days Grow Longer: Everyone loves a holiday! This chapter tells you how to enjoy celebrating holidays you didn't even know existed.

Hiding Out: When you need an escape from tension, turn to this chapter and see how easy it can be.

Past Perfect: Nostalgic? This chapter shows how you can have fun reliving a past you never lived through in the first place.

Social Gastronomy: How you can break the boredom of three squares a day with all sorts of interesting mealtime experiences.

Mind Tripping: How to have fun in a fantasy world of your own making.

Turn, Turn, Turn: How to take advantage of a pleasure that's all around us: change.

The Psychosomatic Bath: How to soothe your mind while you soak your body.

Plus 64 more delectable chapters!

Journal Entry 2 by glade1 at McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Monday, August 9, 2021
This was a quick little read, essays on different things that bring people pleasure, from traditional hobbies, to climbing trees, to enjoying cats. It's a bit dated (people "rap" quite often) but still worthwhile...

Journal Entry 3 by glade1 at Greensboro, North Carolina USA on Monday, November 8, 2021

Released 3 wks ago (11/5/2021 UTC) at Greensboro, North Carolina USA

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Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, November 9, 2021
The books arrived safely today; many thanks! This one has a lengthy inscription on the first page, from 1982; someone named Peg (or "Reg"?) gave the book to "Toot" with an encouraging message - wishing them "all the happiness that you can tolerate", a nice touch!

Later: I enjoyed these simple essays, which focus on a variety of pleasures, from getting a therapeutic massage to enjoying the feeling of speed to nudity to the thrill of rock-climbing. The essays unfold in the form of personal recollection or interviews with others - sometimes friends or family, sometimes strangers - describing the particular pleasure, how the person first encountered it, and what is most appealing about it. In some cases there are little debates as to which aspects are the most fun, or about why someone who enjoys one kind of speed might not like a different kind. Probably best read in small chunks, so as to savor each example more. Oh, and it definitely made me want to make an appointment for a massage {wry grin} - it's been ages since I had one!

"May Your Days Grow Longer" is a seasonal one about changing the way a family celebrated the holidays; weary of Christmas commercialism, they switched to a more pagan tradition of the winter solstice, making up their own traditions - while observing Christmas in its purely religious aspects. The essay also discusses other "non-holiday" options, from the "un-birthday" of Lewis Carroll (my family used to invoke that one for special treats) to other nature-based celebrations.

I was also charmed by "Feasting Alfresco," which isn't just about the joys of a well-planned picnic but which applies it to a business meeting (!). I don't know that this would fly in all situations, but as presented here it's quite charming.

The joys of solitude (in a remote Alaskan location), of physical exertion from bicycling to fencing, the luxuriousness of stroking a cat, the delights of baking... those and more were great fun to read.

Oh, and there's a hilarious one called "Idol Pastimes," in which several generations debate their respective favorite pop-culture idols. The essay opens with one bemoaning her 13-year-old daughter's fondness for rock musician Alice Cooper, but of course the mother was mad for the Beatles in her own youth, and HER mother talked about her feelings for Frank Sinatra...

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Hickory St. in Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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