The Hedonism Handbook Review
TITLE: The Hedonism Handbook
AUTHOR: Michael Flocker
In the age of Oprah, Dr. Phil, and countless other self-help disciplinarians, indulging in any kind of pleasurable pastime is on the brink of extinction. But it’s not too late to revive those lost pleasures that make life worth living. The Hedonism Handbook can help put the three-martini lunch, the baguette with real butter, the deep tan, the unfiltered cigarette, or the simple act of lying in a hammock under the stars back within our grasp. A tongue-in-cheek, satirical guide to the “good” life, The Hedonism Handbook will help us reclaim it all.With his characteristic wit, author Michael Flocker combines humorous reviews of historical excesses, suggestions for everyday indulgences, lists of hedonistic icons with famous quotes and earnest warnings about the perils of structured living. Made up of ten worldly wise chapters arranged to form a journey for the reader-a path from the straight-and-narrow into wide-open fields of frivolity-The Hedonism Handbook will help readers master the lost arts of leisure and pleasure. It provides an entertaining, yet (if you’re not careful), life-changing read. ~ Goodreads.com
“Hedonist” Is NOT a Dirty Word
Six years ago, on a secluded beach on the north shore of Kauai, I was completely enamored—definitely by my surroundings, but also by the book I held in my hands. By the time I closed the back cover of The Bohemian Manifesto, I had total clarity. I finally understood why I was so different than the other suburban moms. I was “bohemian.” And, there were others—many others—like me.
I was inspired to read The Hedonism Handbook as a direct result of this memory. Upon closing the back cover of this book, I was gratified to have one of my central life philosophies completely and thoroughly validated. Apparently, I’m a “hedonist” as well.
Hedonism is NOT a dirty word. It is (hopefully) at the heart of everyone’s non-business wanders. The more you embrace it, the more you’ll wander—and, the more you’ll get out of each wander.
This book is just the reminder that we all—especially we Americans—need.
It’s a light, fun, but ultimately profound read by a guy who totally gets it. Michael Flocker gets that life is begging to be lived—not for the sake of money, but for the sake of soul. He understands that there is infinite beauty and spirituality in pleasure.
Hurry up! You only get ONE life and it will expire before you know it. Start looking for—and embracing—your inner hedonist. Because whoever turned “hedonist” into a bad word was probably jealous and definitely flat out wrong.