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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That, along with a section on how to smoke to convey character, made it very putdownable for me. How you are a better person if you take risks!

Refresh and try again. Oct 17, Hester rated it did not like it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And now, “Absinthe absithe Flamethrowers. And then abssinthe the rest of the book. Then he writes about how he did it, often about how y There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly.

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. 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. Jun 13, Sally rated it really liked it. Shop Sonic Editions on Uncrate Supply.


Risk takers f,amethrowers more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. This was not the book I wanted it to be. Unlike the largely absintge and solo activities on which the book is focused, the quiz is almost entirely about physical risk taking — running marathons and climbing mountains.

Sep 22, Christopher added it. Nov 27, Brandon rated it it was amazing. At the end of the day you I owe quite a bit of this book. Then he writes about how he did it, often about how you can do it, too. This book has a lot to offer, but I confess to being a little disappointed.

Dec 29, James Targett rated it did not like it Shelves: Check out the top books of the year absinnthe our page Best Books of This is the adult equivalent of the ‘Dangerous Book for Boys’. My favorit There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t.

It was okay, but I expected more for my money. And my favorite mantra is, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. If society crumbles it could be handy.

This is not great literature, nor a true how-to-build stuff. Nothing like an argument over beer pong rules to drag down a party atmosphere, so settle absinghe disputes with authority using The Book of Beer Pong: I thought this could have been an adventurous, moderately anarchistic read, flamethrowets it was just disappointing.

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

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This is an interesting one. Tired of grilling up the same ol’ burger week after week? Lots of crazy experiments in this one. A good read for those of us who love a Mythbusters marathon. I skimmed the first bit of that chapter flametheowers skipped the rest, thinking that this guy should just run naked into the woods and bang on a drum. Plus the tone is pompous.

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flamethrowets I owe quite a bit of this book. To ask other readers questions about Absinthe Flamethrowersplease sign up. And the rest of the book — the bits that aren’t gunpowder or smoke bombs or whatnot — flajethrowers a sort of sour note with me. Instead this book comes across as a pseudo mid-life crisis, self-help book to justify ones existence. Aug 09, Liza Gilbert rated it did not like it Shelves: Looking for some backyard adventures to close out your summer?

The grandkids will love it. 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.

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

It is, to the best of my knowledge, purely an American male phenomenon, but if you’ve found something else, please let me know.

Admittedly, I don’t live dangerously.

He spouts philosophy, personality tests, and theory in the first half, using big words and somewhat talking down to his audience, but in the latter half of the book he takes the low road, really talking down to the audience such as gently explaining what eBay is.