What I’m reading… ‘Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human’

Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does “free will” really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway?

In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse […]

2018-01-12T14:35:58+11:00March 16th, 2016|Recent posts, What I'm reading|0 Comments

Porn Chic: Exploring the Contours of Raunch Eroticism

This engaging book draws from a diverse range of examples including film, popular tabloids, campus culture, mass media marketing campaigns, facebook profiles, and art exhibits to explore expressions and meanings of porn chic.

The book also contains thought-provoking artwork by Nicola Bockelmann which focuses on the permeable border between pornography and mainstream culture and urges viewers […]

2018-01-12T14:35:58+11:00March 12th, 2016|Recent posts, What I'm reading|0 Comments

What I’m reading… ‘The New Rules’ by Catherine Hakim

Could the web now be changing the very nature of the relationship between the sexes?

Dr Catherine Hakim is a pioneering British social scientist and author.

Currently, she is Professorial Research Fellow at Civitas, the London think tank.

From Amazon:

Gathering together the candid confessions of people who have played away using websites dedicated to married affairs, the ground-breaking […]

What I’m reading… ‘Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World’

“This extraordinary, wildly entertaining book sheds new light on the Age of Disruption. By debunking myths of success stories, challenging long-held beliefs of process, and finding commonality among those who are agents of profound change, Adam Grant gives us a powerful new perspective on not just our place in the world, but our potential […]

What I’m reading… ‘The Art of War’ Sun Tzu

Mental preparedness for creating – or, more accurately, living effectively.

The Art of War has been applied to many fields well outside of the military. Much of the text is about how to fight wars without actually having to do battle: it gives tips on how to outsmart one’s opponent so that physical battle […]

2018-01-12T14:36:10+11:00January 23rd, 2016|Recent posts, What I'm reading|0 Comments

What I’m reading – ‘Alone Together’ by Sherry Turkle

Alone Together – Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

From the interview (below): Her feelings about technology were once evangelical, but have been transformed by her own research.

Her book The Second Self (published in 1984) was a hopeful look at personal computers; the next, Life on the Screen, put her on […]

What I’m reading… ‘The Book Of Symbols: Reflections On Archetypal Images’

“When the soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.”


What I’m reading… ‘Man and His Symbols’ by Carl Jung

Illustrated throughout with revealing images, this is the first and only work in which the world-famous Swiss psychologist explains to the layperson his enormously influential theory of symbolism as revealed in dreams.


I wonder why I am revisiting this work after watching Herzog’s Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht ?


What I’m reading… ‘The Passionate Years’ by Caresse Crosby

Caresse Crosby (born Mary Phelps Jacob; April 20, 1891 – January 26, 1970) was the first recipient of a patent for the modern bra, an American patron of the arts, publisher, and the “literary godmother to the Lost Generation of expatriate writers in Paris.”

She and her second husband, Harry Crosby, founded the Black Sun Press […]

What I’m reading… ‘Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape.’

Tabloid newspapers take a prurient interest in women who flaunt their curves. The role of the media, and other cultural forces, in constructing notions of female beauty is often discussed. But “Curvology”, a new book by David Bainbridge, focuses on the part played by evolution in men’s—and women’s—understanding and appreciation of the undulations of the […]

2016-01-17T17:50:46+11:00October 21st, 2015|Recent posts, What I'm reading|0 Comments