Absinthe Flamethrowers has ratings and 36 reviews. Amanda said: There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly. photo by Scott Beale My friend writer William Gurstelle, who writes for Make Magazine and is one of the producers of Make: Television, has a. In “Absinthe & Flamethrowers,” Mr. Gurstelle burrows into the difference between what he calls “Big-T types” (genuine thrill-seekers) and.

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Absinthe and Flamethrowers : William Gurstelle :

If you need this book to help define yourself as thrill seeking, you have probably already failed. Views on risk-taking throughout history are entertaining, but feel like filler in some cases, things just put in to add a few pages. I’m all for living “on the edge,” but his idea of what a dangerous man might do is a bit Aug 09, Liza Gilbert rated it did not like it Shelves: This is the kind of book that makes me long to own a farm, so that I have an out building or two and some space to tinker with interesting projects.

Jan 17, Dan marked it as to-read. I skimmed the rest of the book, which includes info on how to build a flamethrower, how to eat pufferfish, how to build smoke bombs, basinthe. Return to Book Page. Oct 30, Benjaminxjackson rated it really liked it. Even eating hot chili peppers makes his list, which becomes fairly pedestrian once it’s out of the realm of explosives. At the 50 page mark we still hadn’t gotten into the descriptions of how absinnthe do dangerous things.


Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

What’s more, it’s useful for those of us who want the learn to make gunpowder, but don’t see doing so as a life-affirming way to reassert our manhood. And now, “Absinthe and Flamethrowers. Aug 24, Doug Roberts rated it liked it. Instead this book comes across as a pseudo mid-life crisis, self-help book to justify ones existence.

He spends a long and dull chapter in the front of the book talking about how risk taking defines our humanity, our selves, our lives! I’m waiting anxiously for my son-in-law’s visit to try some of these out. It had too much detail I’m some areas and not nearly enough in others. Imagine what a suburban year-old geek boy might think that James Bond does and you’ve got a good idea of his list: Hard to describe this book.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

I might try Absinthe now, though. Jan 02, Westerville rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tirades flamethrowegs a “nanny-state” – however sh I had issues with this book. Very US centric – with some odd views of what entails risk-taking travelling in Europe, running a marathon Paperbackpages. Open Preview See a Problem? And, for someone who believes risk flamethowers is so vital, he spends a LOT of his ink describing common-sense safety precautions for all of his “artfully dangerous projects.

The grandkids will love it. And my favorite mantra is, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. A manly book on how to do all the things you have always wanted to but did not know how to safely try it.


Absinthe and Flamethrowers

All of the projects – from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull flmaethrowers, learning baritsu, and building a flamethrower – have short learning curves; are human-focused, as opposed to technology-centric; are affordable; and demonstrate true but reasonable risk. Jul 04, Alison rated it liked it.

Gurstelle talks about the purpose of risk taking before offering a number of fairly safe ways to indulge in things that get one’s adrenaline pumping, like model rocketry and homemade flamethrowers as well as thrill eating pufferfish and drinking absinthe. Lists with This Book.

Review quote “If you ever wondered what happened to MacGyver, he lives in Minneapolis under the name of Bill Gurstelle.

I don’t even turn the volume up on my headphones past halfway.

A good absinthd for those of us who love a Mythbusters marathon. There are instructions, too, for an actual flame thrower. Even to the actual title, flamethrowers look fun, and I can see that as a risky, fun activity; but I don’t really see drinking absinthe as risky. Want to Read saving….