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I’ve spent the last two years writing my just released book Absinthe and Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living. In “Absinthe & Flamethrowers,” Mr. Gurstelle burrows into the difference between what he calls “Big-T types” (genuine thrill-seekers) and. 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.

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Trivia About Absinthe Flameth Nov 27, Brandon rated it it was amazing. Nov 24, Beth rated it it was ok.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

Jul 31, raihan rated it liked sbsinthe. 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. Most of the value that I found was in the psychology or risk-taking rather than the projects that were the intended focal point of the book.

There is a listing of fflamethrowers to buy hard-to-find items which I plan to use for my sausage making, if nothing else.

Nov 18, Bryan Mcquirk rated it it was ok Shelves: I skimmed the first bit of that chapter and skipped the flmethrowers, thinking that this guy should just run naked into the woods and bang on a drum. And taking the thrill and experience seeking evaluation was informative.

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Preview — Absinthe Flamethrowers by William Gurstelle. The quotes are enjoyable. Jun 05, Michael Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t. There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly. 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.


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All of the projects—from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower—have short learning curves, are hands-on and affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk. Feb 27, Clint Flatt rated it really liked it Shelves: Two great things, together at long last Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The most interesting thing that doesn’t involve explosives is his very glancing section of bartitsu, the martial art practiced by Sherlock Holmes.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

All of the projects from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower have short learning curves, are hands-on and affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk. Not quite as good as some of Gurstelle’s other books. 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, flamethrwoers.

Here are a few examples: Even eating hot chili peppers makes his list, which becomes fairly pedestrian once it’s out of the realm of explosives. Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives.

Now I know how to make gun powder among other things. This book is intended to help risk-adverse people little-t into reasonable risk takers big-T. He enumerates a list of “artfully dangerous activities” that you may or may not want to indulge in. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. This is the second in a series by this author of semi-dangerous projects for the backyard basement enthusiast.

And the rest of the book — the bits that aren’t gunpowder or smoke bombs or whatnot — strikes a sort of sour note with me. Sep 22, Christopher added it. Instead this book comes across as a pseudo mid-life crisis, self-help book to justify ones existence. Flamethrowers, rockets, gunpowder, it’s all there. The author spends those 50 pages talking about the philosophy of why people do dangerous things, which wouldn’t have been too bad if he hadn’t come off as slightly patronizing.


Tirades against a “nanny-state” – however sh I had issues with this book. Tired of grilling up the same ol’ burger week after week? That out of the way, I feel like this is a useful resource to have in a home library.

And, for someone who believes risk taking is so vital, he spends a LOT of his ink describing common-sense safety precautions for all of his “artfully dangerous projects. If society crumbles it could be handy.

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

This page hardcover features information on everything from basic pong etiquette and ball grips to expert abeinthe and tournament hosting tips. Tirades against a “nanny-state” – however short absinghe make me want to shut any conversation down before I’m being offered off-the-grid land in Montana. Books by William Gurstelle. Unlike the largely geeky and solo activities on which the book is focused, the quiz is almost entirely about physical risk taking — running marathons and climbing mountains.

To ask other readers questions about Absinthe Flamethrowersplease sign up. With a strong emphasis on safety, each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions, photographs, and illustrations along with troubleshooting tips from experts in the field.

Fun book, but it really could use a bit more flamethrowers It’s not useful, but he has endnotes that point the interested Holmes fan towards more information. How you are a better person if you take risks!