Bigger is better! To show off this saying, author Dian Hanson has poured through pornos in search of the most impressive members of the male gender for The Big Penis Book. And of course, it’s hard cover. Known for her Taschen coffee table masterpiece, The Big Book of Breasts, Hanson has assembled another book of exemplary samples, interviews with experts, and plenty of photos to feast your eyes on. You can enjoy this fun video [NSFW] she made about the making of the book over the long holiday weekend – because these gentlemen are certainly a reason to get off. [WOW]
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Erotic pictures from the 1800s were very different from the ones guys gaze at these days. The women didn’t have fake tans or have silicone boobs; there was not such thing as a women’s razor, and they definitely didn’t wax; and men were often photographed with their socks on (just like Eliot Spitzer!). Keep reading »
What really turns women on? The Cambridge Women’s Pornography Cooperative set out to create books of really sexy stuff by stripping away the usual conventions of the genre. In their SFW books with a sense of humor, Porn for Women and Porn For New Moms, you won’t find the typical tan babes wearing nothing but a smile. But what you will find inside maybe be something even more satisfying — hotties doing housework. Keep reading »
A manâ€™s hair says so much about him — especially if heâ€™s bold enough to be bald. But since every lady loves to run their hands through Greek god-like ringlets (right?), some men in New York set out to see if a perm would have the same power. The gentlemen were simply looking to spice up their look, but thatâ€™s quite a risky move considering the permâ€™s potential resemblance to the jheri-curl (see the video, after the jump). Still, Todd Lamb, an author and humorist from Brooklyn, convinced 15 of his friends to do up their ‘do and he compiled the results in a book called Yo, Check The Perm! Will this guy trend catch on? Perhaps you hope it doesnâ€™t, but after seeing the proof in these pages, the perm might be ready to rise again!
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Getting dumped sucks, but thereâ€™s always a lesson to be learned from a failed relationship, right? Ben Karlin and the other men who contributed to Things Iâ€™ve Learned From Women Whoâ€™ve Dumped Me seem to think so. We had real-life couple (who have broken up and gotten back together) read and discuss the book of essays.
Yasmin: I donâ€™t know what to make of this book. Some of the essays had me cracking up, and others left me thinking, â€œWhereâ€™s the punch line?â€
Harley: I actually thought it was a great idea to take a bunch of writers and comedians and have them share their stories about getting screwed over by girls. I found myself thinking back on similar events. No matter who you are, you can relate, you know? Keep reading »
Speaking of plastic surgery and kids, a new picture book is coming out this Mother’s Day called “My Beautiful Mommy” which attempts to explain to kids why their mother is getting cosmetic surgery. Strangely, the book wasn’t written by a mom who has had plastic surgery, but by a a plastic surgeon named Dr. Michael Salzhauer. While you might assume that Dr. Salzhauer wrote the book out of genuine concern for the family dynamics of his patients, he actually uses it as a tool to convince mothers to get plastic surgery. The book’s message is that mommy is so much more beautiful after her tummy tuck and nose job — and that your little girl or boy will be totally thrilled with your results too! [Newsweek] Keep reading »
Polyester isn’t just a fashion faux pas, it also makes you un-effable, as researcher Mary Roach writes in her new history book Bonk: The Curious Couple of Science and Sex. She has compiled interesting studies from the 19th century up until today, including one from Egypt, which found lab rats in polyester pants had less sex than their cotton-covered counterparts. So while the ’70s were swinging, she actually credits the ’20s flappers for the American sexual revolution. “There were sex manuals at the time that were encouraging women to try being on top,” Roach reminds us. And my how we are now! From Kinsey’s research to Castro’s butt hole, Ms. Roach’s book approaches accounts of sexual experiments with an irreverent, albeit scientific, flair. While she laments that much remains unknown about the physiological ins and outs of sex, Roach took the research into her own, er, hands , nd this book is still sure to teach you a thing or two. [NPR and Amazon] Keep reading »
Melissa Plaut, author of Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What To Do With My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab talks about passengersâ€™ pick-up lines, fare beaters, and sex in the backseat.
Howâ€™d you start driving a cab, anyway?
I was about to turn 29 and had been laid off from my corporate office job, which was never fulfilling. I was collecting my unemployment benefits and thinking about what I was going to do for the rest of my life, and it was sending me into a panic. Finally I realized that I didnâ€™t know whether I was ever going to be able to do any one thing with the rest of my life. Instead, I decided that I would live my life as a series of adventures, and my first would be getting behind the wheel of a yellow cab.
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If you’ve been thinking lately that relationships are nothing but heartbreak, letdowns, and awkward moments, you have an assignment. Get a copy of Sex and Sensibility, and read one cartoon a day. If that doesn’t make you feel better about your love/sex/hookup life, you should probably be in therapy. The ten women whose cartoons make up the book include eight New Yorker contributors and two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists. They find the funny in everything from cross-dressing and boob jobs to annoying habits and fights. Yes, even fighting can be funny. Sex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Loveâ€¦in 200 Cartoons is available now. Keep reading »
Huge thanks to the chicks over at Shine for telling us about the greatest website we never heard of, Bookmooch, which allows you to swap paperbacks with other users. Great for people who hate clutter or have a small living space, really want to read Eat, Pray, Love but don’t want to buy it, and care about the environment and don’t want to waste paper. [Bookmooch via Shine] Keep reading »