The curious reader’s companion to sex.
‘Wit, you know, is the unexpected copulation of ideas.’ Samuel Johnson
Why is screwing so funny?
How should we think about our most shocking fantasies?
What is so captivating about nudity?
Inspired by philosophy, literature, and private life, Damon Young explores the paradoxes of the bedroom. On Getting Off will f**k with your mind.
“Young has a deftness with language that lays out complex ideas with such beautifully written digestibility that you feel osmotically clever when you read them.”
—The Irish Times
“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
“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
“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, consulting swordsman, teacher, and author
“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.”
“Drawing on personal experience, literature, myth, art and philosophy, Young examines how the fragile tension crucial to sexual arousal is akin to a narrative, the way sex highlights the impossibility of knowing another’s pleasure, and how nakedness offers not so much a revelation of someone’s ‘true self’ as an invitation to learn more about that person.”
—Fiona Capp , Sydney Morning Herald
“A spicy examination of the frequently ambivalent, ambiguous and even incongruous ‘tangle’ of eros, libido and romance that we call sex.”
—Linda Jaivin, The Saturday Paper