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We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 1, 2009
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"A mesmerizing visual experiment." -- Reuters
About the Author
Combining elements of visual art, computer science, anthropology, and storytelling, Jonathan's projects range from building the world's largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic ocean (with a warm hat). The winner of a Fabrica fellowship and three Webby Awards, he has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, Print magazine (which named him a 2008 New Visual Artist), and the World Economic Forum (which named him a 2009 Young Global Leader). His projects have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, le Centre Pompidu, and on Bhutanese TV. Originally from Vermont, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY, and does not keep a blog.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is a completely different experience than the website with more differences than similarities, but just as fascinating as its web incarnation. Like with the website the first time I saw it I have become addicted to this book. The largest factor that sets the book apart from the website is the incredible amount of statistical analysis that the authors provide you with. Instead of just reading a feeling, the authors tell you how frequently that feeling is felt, who most commonly feels it and why.
They also break down feelings by location, date, tell you what feelings most commonly occur with each other. How feelings most commonly change as people age and tons of other interesting observations.
The book is also comprised of people's personal "uncensored" photography. Some are better than others, all are from the internet so quality isn't great, but each photo is paired with a sentence from the same blog post where the photo came from. The combination is powerful and it's amazing to see these people and also read how they feel. It reminded me of PostSecret.
This book makes a great coffee table/pop psychology book. In its 288 pages there is tons to discover. It is also an incredibly unique and impressive project; one that your friends will be happy you turned them on to.
I really enjoyed the time I spent flipping through and reading this book. I didn't know what to expect and it was a pleasant surprise. I especially liked this "life sentence" that they included toward the end of the book, summing up "major emotional themes as we age.": "We start simple (11-14), but soon fill up with angst (15-18) and feelings of confinement (19-22), until we leave those behind to go conquer the world (23-26), before gradually trading ambition for balance (27-30), developing an appreciation for our bodies (31-35) and our children (31-35), and evolving a sense of connectedness (36-40), for which we feel grateful (36-40), then happy (41-49), calm (41-49), and finally blessed (50+)."
This sixty-something guy was particularly impressed with the insight into the minds of those who tend to be a bit younger than I. It has certainly proved to be a point of contact for provocative discussions with my children who are of the generation that provides most of the substance of the "we" who "feel fine". In that sense it is revelatory and hopeful that "the kids are alright". You see this both through the unique individuals and the information that is extrapolated from so many of us. Finally, it may well draw you into the website of the same name which minute to minute provides data for what may well be a sequel in the making of this "Almanac of Human Emotion".
More info about Jonathan's project here: [...]
The book We Feel Fine is derived off of a pretty impressive website that was developed by the creators of the book Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris. The website goes through millions of blogs every day and picks out any sentence or phrase that starts with 'I feel' or 'I'm feeling' and then adds them to a database.
After four years of collecting data Kamvar and Harris have compiled this book. When I first got it last week I spent a fair amount of time giving it a once through, but the strange thing is how much in the last couple of days I have been using it as a reference text. I say reference because not only does the book deal with a flurry of emotions, but it categorizes them and then analyzes them. Each emotion is bordered with all kinds of data associated with it. What are the circumstances that cause this feeling? What is the most common weather that accompanies this feeling? What other feelings are related to it?
Now, every time I find myself feeling a particular emotion I pick this up from my coffee table. I want to know why I feel what I feel, which is why I think really does a good job in attracting different audiences. On one hand you have people who will enjoy it for the design aspects and the personal, saddening, or funny combination of pictures and feelings. And on the other hand you have people who will want to know more of the the how and the why more than the what, in which case there is the data.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
disappointed with the design of the book -- the web design this stems from is awesome.Published 17 months ago by starry
I got this for my dad and he really enjoys it, it's very eye opening and really interesting.Published on July 19, 2014 by WheresTheTail
This is an amazing book of human emotion. It is a window into people' hearts. Read it and be encouraged.Published on January 18, 2014 by Peter Heggie
Saw it at a friend's office and couldn't put it down. Had to buy it to explore further! Will. Blow. Your. Mind.Published on August 27, 2013 by Joshua Asen
As a high empathetic and pragmatic individual, I had higher expectations for this book. It's like a quantitative approach, using internet crowd sourcing to quantify emotions. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Mister Roboto
Not only is We Feel Fine full of the common human experience but it's tangible because of the data showing how shared those individual feelings are, by sex, age range, country, and... Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Leilani
Amazing infographics and charts that paint a complex yet beautiful picture of our emotional state as a species. Highly recommended coffee table material.Published on April 26, 2012 by Nate Ferrero
This review is short and simple. This book is not worth buying in my opinion. We Feel Fine has a website online, which is amazingly cool, and has all the information the book has... Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Athlete
Is an ok book, but I expected more visual and graphic content. I saw some pages, but they was ALL pages with graphics. The others was really the same thing. Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by Victor A. L. Felipe