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by Colin Wilson

eBook The Misfits: A Study of Sexual Outsiders ePub
Author: Colin Wilson
Language: English
ISBN: 0246129743
ISBN13: 978-0246129741
Publisher: Grafton; 1st edition (February 18, 1988)
Pages: 272
Category: Psychology & Counseling
Subcategory: Dieting
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 278
Formats: mbr doc mbr azw
ePub file: 1466 kb
Fb2 file: 1810 kb

The Misfits: A Study of Sexual Outsiders is a non-fiction book by Colin Wilson first published in 1988. The book expounds on the nature of fiction, drama and the novel in its relationship to sexual imagination and sex crimes.

The Misfits: A Study of Sexual Outsiders is a non-fiction book by Colin Wilson first published in 1988. The book contains biographies of the Marquis de Sade, D. H. Lawrence, A. C. Swinburne, James Joyce, Yukio Mishima, Henry Miller, Paul Tillich, Arthur Koestler, Percy Grainger, Havelock Ellis, Magnus Hirschfeld, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Charlotte Bach.

It is a good source of raw material for a new theory of sex, but Wilson attempts no such synthesis.

This does indeed make the book fascinating. In fact, the book could well be entitled "A History of Pornography," or more generally, "A History of Sex in Western Literature. But this is NOT what the book is really about. It is a good source of raw material for a new theory of sex, but Wilson attempts no such synthesis.

Colin Wilson was born on 26 June 1931, in Leicester, England. The book was grouped with the English version of the Beats. He considered himself a genius, a born writer, and an outsider, and left school at the age of sixteen. During the next few years he drifted and traveled around England and Continental Europe. An enormously prolific writer, having written to date over 80 major works on a wide variety of subjects: philosophy, religion, occult and supernatural phenomenea, music, sex, crime and critical theory.

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Colin Wilson is one of the most prolific, versatile and popular writers at work today. I also owe a debt of gratitude to Kazue Kobata for insights into Mishima. The idea of this book originated in a conversation with my friend, Donald Seaman. He was born in Leicester in 1931, and left school at sixteen. After he had spent years working in a wool warehouse, a laboratory, a plastics factory and a coffee bar, his first book The Outsider was published in 1956. It received outstanding critical acclaim and was an immediate bestseller. Analytical table of contents.

Wilson's 39th book, a provocative history and interpretation of sexual rebellion that allows this most . Bach came to this theory from her study of transvestites; the kicker is that after her death, she was revealed to be Mr. Carl Hajdu, transvestite.

Wilson's 39th book, a provocative history and interpretation of sexual rebellion that allows this most optimistic of authors to once again explicate the theory he's been promoting since The Outsider (1956): that each of us can, by an act of will, wake up from the somnabulism of our lives. Here, as usual, Wilson gazes without flinching at some of the nastiest and least understood of behaviors.

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An amazing investigation into the sexual perversities and preferences of modern-day society.

An amazing investigation into the sexual perversities and preferences of modern-day society.
Walan
This book is fundamentally flawed. It accepts, Lamarckism (the inheritance of acquired characteristics), still more ridiculously that 'advances in the level of human consciousness can be passed on by a kind of magnetic induction', and ultimately that 'life is fundamentally good'.
So, for Wilson there is no struggle for life and survival of the fittest.
The basic thesis of this book is also a non event: the author refutes the theory that sexual deviation stays on a higher step on the evolution ladder than normal sexual behaviour.
But for those who didn't read the biographies of Byron, de Sade, D.H. Lawrence, Wittgenstein, Swinburne, Joyce, Mishima, H. Miller, P. Tillich, A. Koestler, P. Grainger and others, they will find good analyses of their attitude to life (and sex).
This book also contains good comments on some basic ideas about sex (physical and psychological) and on the importance of imagination.
I confess that I had to consult more than once a solid English dictionary in order to understand the laundry list of sexual deviations.
All in all, a very mixed bag.
Justie
The literary reviews of THE MISFITS mostly emphasize that Wilson's book is worth reading because it is about sex, and specifically about the sexual deviations of many famous people, including Paul Tillich, Havelock Ellis, and Carl Jung. This does indeed make the book fascinating. In fact, the book could well be entitled "A History of Pornography," or more generally, "A History of Sex in Western Literature." But this is NOT what the book is really about.

The basic thesis of THE MISFITS is that man is capable of being in control of his own evolution through the power of his imagination. The primary problem is that our imagination is too often embroiled in -- and hence stunted by -- indulgence in sex. People cultivate the indulgent child within themselves because it gives them so much pleasure; but such cultivation of sexual deviation leads to self ignorance and lack of self control. Most people probably know the joke that the brand name Adidas stands for, "All day I dream about sex." Unfortunately, this is really an accurate description. So if one did not waste so much mental energy obsessed with sexual and romantic daydreams, what would occupy one's mind instead? This is the important question Colin Wilson addresses. The human mind most often functions like a robot - like Susan Blackmore's "meme machine" - so we spend most of our time in dreary triviality and repetition, with a worm's eye view of the world. Colin Wilson presents the optimistic premise that we can develop the imagination to give us a bird's eye view of the world, and hence give life meaning. This makes him one of the most important writers of our time.

Wilson is often criticized for being gullible and superstitious. He speaks of developing "hidden powers," the most important of which is "Faculty X: the ability to suddenly grasp the reality of other times and places," all of which smacks of the occult (and in fact, on of Wilson's most interesting books is THE OCCULT). In THE MISFITS, Wilson employs Rupert Sheldrake's theory of "morphic resonance," which includes the notion that when something has once been learned by some people, other people can learn it more readily. Sheldrake is generally considered a crackpot by the mainstream scientific community, and it has even been suggested that his books should be burned. This assessment is supposed to be based on Sheldrake's flawed scientific procedure. This might be so, though I have only heard his ideas denigrated, and have yet to hear specific reasons why his observations are untrustworthy. If consciousness is an intrinsic property of the universe, and there is no reason why this assumption is less reasonable than the assumption that it is an unintended consequence of blind physical processes, then such phenomena as synchronicity and morphic resonance are not inherently absurd.

(Peter Payne, author of CAPTAIN CALIFORNIA: A YOUNG MAN'S ENCOUNTER WITH THE EVIL WITHIN HIMSELF).
Dobpota
Colin Wilson
The Misfits: A Study of Sexual Outsiders

(New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., 1988) 272 pages

This popular writer pulls together what he has learned
about unusual forms of sex from his reading.
It is a good source of raw material for a new theory of sex,
but Wilson attempts no such synthesis.

If interested, search the Internet for this bibliography:
"SEXOLOGY---SEX-SCRIPTS---BEST BOOKS".

James Leonard Park, author of
Imprinted Sexual Fantasies:
A New Key for Sexology.
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