ON GETTING OFF
Why is screwing so funny?
How should we think about our most shocking fantasies?
What is so captivating about nudity?
On Getting Off: Sex and Philosophy is the curious reader’s companion to sex. Inspired by philosophy, literature, and private life, Damon Young explores the paradoxes of the bedroom. On Getting Off will f**k with your mind.
Praise for the book:
'...wit and verve as well as cultural breadth and intellectual rigour. [...] Believe me: the pages fly.' - The Saturday Paper
'In this often elliptical yet candid work... nothing about sex is quite what it seems. In this respect, [Young's] cryptic, aphoristic style is reminiscent of British psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips.' - The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age
'It has a narrative lightness, an engaging voice, and a sense of humour... that makes it a really pleasurable read. Young has a deftness with language that lays out complex ideas with such beautifully written digestibility...' - The Irish Times (UK)
'Reading the book might for some people feel like being trapped in a corner by a verbal sex maniac. ' - Times Higher Education (UK)
'Covering everything from “what makes sex funny?” to nakedness through the writing of Zadie Smith and Deborah Levy, it’s a book we could all do with reading.' - Stylist (UK)
'Young de positie in van een soort "anti-Freud", een psycholoog die zegt: rustig maar, er zit méér tussen je oren dan alleen "pikken en poesjes".' ('Young takes the position of a kind of "anti-Freud", a psychologist who says calm down, there is more in your mind than just "cocks and pussies".') - Trouw (NL)
'Possibly the best thing he’s done yet: brave, certainly, but also wise, assured, gorgeously written and deftly wide-ranging in ideas and sources.' - Patrick Stokes, author of Digital Souls
'A beautiful piece of work. It’s funny. It’s human. It really does make you think about something that’s either put on a pedestal or relegated to the toilet. A triumph.' – Krissy Kneen, author of Triptych
'I love it. I am very much entertained and interested. Riveting.'– Ginger Gorman, author of Troll Hunting
'Very interesting, and very delicately and precisely written.' – Guy Windsor