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The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing (Paperback)
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Indie Next ListFebruary 2009
I very nearly couldn't put down Bergner's profile of four stories of desire, whether the account enthralled or repulsed me. His writing is captivating and fluid, telling of his discovery of concepts of desire that are new and unorthodox to him. -- Brent Humphreys, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Nashville, TN
How do we come to be who we are sexually? How do we cope with the forces of desire? How can we understand the relationship between the transcendent and the physical, between the wish for love and the anarchy of the erotic? Award-winning writer Daniel Bergner looks for answers in the stories of four people whose unusual desires raise fascinating questions about the erotic differences between men and women and the nature of ecstasy itself.
About the Author
Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of two previous books of nonfictionIn the Land of Magic Soldiers, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and winner of an Overseas Press Club Award and a Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage; and God of the Rodeo, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Bergner's writing has also appeared in Granta, Harper's Magazine, Mother Jones, Talk, the New York Times Book Review, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times, and is included in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Praise for The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing…
“Bergner does what science cannot: He illuminates peculiar longings. His method is at first descriptive and finally poetic. . . . Given the limitations of science, resonant journalism may be the best way to approach paraphilia, and Bergner’s book has a musical quality.”