©1999 Susie Bright; (P)1999 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.. All Rights Reserved.
"Ms. Bright refuses to let the sexual controversies of our day poison her passion." (The New York Times Book Review)
"[Bright's] message comes across as intimate, real, and convincing." (Publishers Weekly)
For Susie Bright sexuality is not just an expression, but a resource to be developed akin to a relationship which gives rise to much inspiration in one's surrounding life. Susie addresses and illustrates the common sense centrality of our erotic selves as the generative seed of our everyday experience. As a key creative force in leading us forward, her narrative playfully moons a so called polite society recycling ideas that fetter this deeply personal gift.
Only after listening did I noticed that the performance is an abridgment and discovered that I'm curious about what more she had to say (I'm ready for another go!). Perhaps the abridgment contributed to the pacing(?) - not sure about the reason, but I've always found Susie's tone so convivial and her manner of handling even the most vulnerable subject matter tenderly, that I expect the longer we stay with her 'in bed' the deeper she gets to flesh it all out.
What I'd really like to hear is a new performance: this recording seems to suffer from being down sampled or something??? perhaps it was recorded without much sound engineering? Full Exposure address a topic and perspective I wish more people consider and I'd love to hear Susie visit it again.
As typical with Susie, you can sense her passion and humor in every moment. And in truth, there are many parts of this book where you feel like she connects with the listener on a personal level. But in audio format, this book reads like a lecture series, where questions are not allowed during, and no peer review will take place after. If you don't mind the style of writing where you pose a question, and then suppose that the inquiry alone is proof enough for the conclusion the author will make next, then this book is actually fairly entertaining and insightful. I however find it a pet peeve to state things as though they are facts and not back them up. But I still found hours of enjoyment with this book.
I would have enjoyed this story more, if in the course of the author's full exposure, more insight was given to the methods by which she arrived at her beliefs. This book presents itself as a sort of everything on the table book, which it does well. But the author takes the time to pose a great question, the reader should either be given time to consider the question, or the author must supply their own reasoning on the subject.
I think I would go see this as a movie.
Susie Bright is an extraordinary woman activist and educator. In this semi memoir she expounds on anything from sex to sexual politics with wit and clarity. This woman is an important voice in the world today and you can't go wrong with this audio book for informative fun.
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