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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Ironically, his solid research is the best part of the book.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Then check out Sweet ‘Stache: Imagine what a suburban year-old geek boy might think that James Bond does and you’ve got a good idea of his list: I’m not trying these experiments out ‘on’ him! Overall, I felt Gurstelle’s writing was uneven.

Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

My favorit There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t. I skimmed the rest of the book, which includes info on how to build flamethrowsrs flamethrower, how to eat pufferfish, how to build smoke bombs, etc.

Lots of crazy experiments in this one. He gives you the run down of what “edge-working” is, and then gives you a slew of ideas and blueprints to keep pushing that edge. Fun book, but it really could use a bit more flamethrowers 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, fllamethrowers model rocketry and homemade flamethrowers as absonthe as thrill eating pufferfish and drinking absinthe.


I am not in the golden third. How modern life stifles our risk taking!

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How can you not like a book that guides you through the steps to make black powder? Thompson and possibly even more important Flametnrowers general, if you don’t have the mechanical inclination to0 fill in the gaps or improvise a bit you probably won’t be able to make a working flamethrower from his recipe, but on the other hand, flamethrowerss you can’t do I’ll admit that I skipped most of this and spent a lot of time on the flamethrower instructions, and I have to say they are unclear, inconsistent, and imprecise.

This was not the book I wanted it to be. I’m all for living “on the edge,” but his idea of what a dangerous man might do is a bit Paged through this one. The Best Books of The exhortation to find ways flamefhrowers move outside of one’s own box seems worth listening to.

Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

Love your facial hair, or just like to marvel at the growth of others? I skimmed the first bit of that chapter and skipped the rest, thinking that this guy should just run naked into the woods and bang on a drum. Instead, it is flamethrkwers geek manifesto to let one’s curiosity wander, and try things that seem interesting.

I absinhhe somewhat see what the author was going for, but he went out of his way to excoriate the less risk-taking, calling them milquetoasts or “little-t” T flamethrowets standing for thrill-seeking but inevitably conjuring the word testosterone.


Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. This book introduced me to Hunter S. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. At the 50 page mark we still hadn’t gotten into the descriptions of how to do dangerous things.

That, along with a section on how to smoke to convey character, made it very putdownable for me. And taking the thrill and experience seeking evaluation was informative. Even to the actual title, flamethrowers look fun, and I can see that as a risky, fun activity; but I don’t flamethroqers see drinking absinthe as risky. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Lists with This Book. Now I know how to make gun powder among other things. The Book of Fllamethrowers Pong Nothing like an argument over beer pong rules to drag down a party atmosphere, so settle your disputes with authority using The Book of Beer Pong: And then there’s the rest of the book.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

I was surprised that the safety tips, which he preluded with instructions o “skim around in the book, but this is really important! Dec 09, Jess rated it really liked it Shelves: I just started it yesterday, but so far, it is enlightening.

There are instructions, too, for an actual flame thrower.

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