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Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews Hardcover – Flash, October 22, 2005
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"...a surprisingly warm and suburban look at...another America." -- Anneli Rufus, East Bay Express
"...more sociology than sexuality; the images aren't pornographic, and the stories of these tinkerer's lives and obsessions are fascinating." -- Xeni Jardin, boingboing.net
"...one of publishing history's most amusing, fascinating and unexpectedly profound photo books on sex." -- Thomas Roche, Eros-zine.com
"Think American Gothic with giant mecha-dildos replacing pitchforks..." -- Wired.com
WINNER: Best Book on Sexuality/Relationships -- 2006 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARD
a surprisingly warm and suburban look at...another America." -- Anneli Rufus, East Bay Express
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Sex Machines features 60 full color images and an afterword by noted photo essayist A.D. Coleman.
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I can't help but feel that the author(s) and photographer(s) took these people and turned them into backward simpleton pervs. The photos are not flattering in the slightest and the back drops are as tacky as the subjects out fits. The stories are not the heartfelt nor sweet. It's just kind of trashy feeling, and not the good pulp fiction trashy, just kind of...ewww.
This is an outrageous and beautifully photographed book with interviews from inventors from California, Minnesota, Idaho, Virginia, New York, Nevada, Louisiana, Utah, Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Ohio. Each sex machine is unique and varies from converted domestic appliances such as a modified vacuum, a pasta maker chassis named 'The Thumpstir', 'Two to Tango', which I must admit looked a bit intimidating and yes it does take two people to use it.
I purchased this book because of its mention in Mary Roach's book, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. I was further swayed by her description of the inventor as told by Archibald, "He comes across someone else's sex machine, is fascinated, decides to build one himself. He present it to his wife, who goes, 'Wha?' and then he sells it on Ebay." And I though, I need to see this book.
I was not disappointed. This is a wonderful collection of fine art photography of inventors and their sex machines which provides a small glimpse into a small web based community that turn ordinary household appliances into mechanical pleasure items.