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So, so punchable.
Go and punch him.
Who, can, blame him.
but he seems like a pretty dull bloke.
A webchat about sex with Alain de Botton is one of the least appealing offers in the world.
I think I generally agree with his position on much of this stuff, but his approach is so dull I could barely concentrate on what he was writing. There are people out there who write interesting, funny (sometimes pretty hot) stuff on sex; I'm not sure why giving Alan The Bottom more column inches is the done thing.
with people writing with a certain amount of confidence in what they're saying. I'm sure he'd say that he wa putting these points out for discussion/rebuttal. Thing is, as you say, it's bloody well unconvincing, especially when put in this lofty a tone.
ooh, but gender doesn't matter, it's all sex isn't it, and besides, I'm picking out the core universalities of the sexual experiences.
Perhaps one day someone will extract the core universalities of the sphere of sexual desire and cognition. I think we will be shocked and extremely humble if that person turns out to be AdB
Context ... I had always disliked the man, based on his terrible, psuedy, bullshit books and pompous appearances on the telly. However,
Anecdote ... I met him, and whilst opining to a table full of female students (detail... he was wearing what can only be described as platform shoes) about his journey to fame, he said one of the most posturing, pretentious and patronising things I have ever heard:
" I was doing some work on paintings of Edward Hopper and every day I used to drive to a Little Chef just off the motorway and sit for hours just soaking up the Hopper-esque tragedy of the people there, eating greasy food of plastic tables, living their greasy plastic lives"
it is a deliverer of constant excitement which we have no innate capacity to resist, a system which leads us down paths many of which have nothing to do with our real needs.
and gets the flaccid cop-out response of "You tell us more about gender... I'd love to hear your thoughts."
i agree that u should b upset about this alain de botton. damn him, baby girl. i'm hatin on that damn alain.
You just have to imagine him pulling a "blue steel" face every time he delivers his latest ponderance.
but then I see some of the questions/comments and suddenly he seems refreshingly enlightening and interesting
Alain de Botton ?@alaindebotton
The politics of the distant future glimpsed in Norway or Switzerland - ie when most of what is politics nowis solved but problems remain.
alain de botton is a fucking dickhead
also his heads like a big bald bottom, fuck him
I'd like to ask Alain de Botton, if it's not too late (or do I mean forward) whether getting into a position of pontification is sexually satisfying - and do staff highlights heighten the pleasure?
Most of the time, we're worried about being gross and revolting: sex purifies us. So much so that in oral sex, the most 'dirty' sides of us are symbolically blessed by the mouth of the other.
The furniture insists that we can’t change because it never does.
Hence the metaphysical importance of hotels.