On Kissing: Travels in an Intimate Landscape

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Kodansha, Dec 1, 1998 - Travel - 224 pages
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In legends and myths, valiant knights disarm dragons with them, princesses transform frogs into princes with them, and vampires bestow them as they suck the lifeblood from their victims. But in reality the kiss is even more potent, erotic, and fascinating, says author Adrianne Blue in this funny, sexy, and insightful book.

Drawing on biology (passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute), psychology, history, anthropology, poetry, and the visual arts, Blue takes the reader on a compelling voyage of osculatory discovery, pausing at the love scenes of Garbo, the eroticism of Last Exit to Brooklyn, Rodin's famous sculpture, 'The Kiss", animal and tribal practices, even the contemporary "fashionable mouth". "The puffy lips of Julia Roberts have for quite some time now been in vogue", observes Blue, "but there is no reason to think these lips kiss any better than anyone else's. Kissing is something we were born equipped for and have known how to do since before we were born".

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About the author (1998)

Blue lectures at the City University of London. Since 1990 she has been a full-time author and occasional television commentator on women's athletics.

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