I’ve spent the last two years writing my just released book Absinthe and Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living. In “Absinthe & Flamethrowers,” Mr. Gurstelle burrows into the difference between what he calls “Big-T types” (genuine thrill-seekers) and. photo by Scott Beale My friend writer William Gurstelle, who writes for Make Magazine and is one of the producers of Make: Television, has a.
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This book gives you the information like where to buy supplies and the inclination to try a few things flamethroers you might not have had the guts to try before. I just started it yesterday, but so far, it is enlightening. Oct 30, Benjaminxjackson rated it really liked it.
Jul 04, Alison rated it liked it. Dec 09, Jess rated zbsinthe really liked it Shelves: This is an interesting one. How modern life stifles our risk taking! Jan 17, Dan marked it as to-read.
This is the adult equivalent of the ‘Dangerous Book for Boys So awesome. Clear, well-written, laced with just enough humour. The grandkids will love it. This book is intended to help risk-adverse people little-t into reasonable risk takers big-T.
At the 50 page mark we still hadn’t gotten into the descriptions of how to do dangerous things. The author spends those 50 pages talking about the philosophy of why people do dangerous things, which wouldn’t have been too bad if he hadn’t come off as slightly patronizing. There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t.
At the end of the day you I owe quite a bit of this book. Aug 09, Liza Gilbert rated it did not like it Absinyhe This daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects will show you how. Two great things, together at long last All candles don’t have to smell like pumpkin spice.
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Aug 24, Flamdthrowers Roberts rated it liked it. All of the projects from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower have short learning curves, are hands-on and affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk. That, along with a section on how to smoke to convey charact Gurstelle talks about the purpose of risk taking before offering a number of fairly safe ways to indulge in things that get one’s adrenaline pumping, like model rocketry and homemade flamethrowers as well as thrill eating pufferfish flaemthrowers drinking absinthe.
Most of the value that I found was in the psychology or risk-taking rather than the projects that were the intended focal point of the book. Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Made from hand-selected A36 hot rolled steel that is left untreated to allow it to age naturally and beautifully from season to season, Stahl’s new X firepit will be a center of warmth and attention for generations.
Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I can somewhat see what the author was going for, but he went out of his way to excoriate flameethrowers less risk-taking, calling them milquetoasts or “little-t” T supposedly standing for thrill-seeking but inevitably conjuring the word testosterone. Instead, it is a geek manifesto to let one’s curiosity wander, and try things that seem interesting.
This book has a lot to offer, but I confess to being a little disappointed. At the end of the day you still have a book that will teach you how to build a flamethrower, and if you ask me, that’s still worth a ton.
Nov 18, Bryan Mcquirk rated it it was ok Shelves: Oct 05, Chris rated it liked it. And the rest of the book — the bits that aren’t gunpowder or smoke bombs or whatnot — strikes a sort of sour note with me. Tirades against a “nanny-state” – however short – make me want to shut any conversation down before I’m being offered off-the-grid land in Montana. Love your facial hair, or just like to marvel at the growth of others?
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