Throwback Thursday — “Free Love” Book Review From 2011

Is Throwback Thursday still a thing? It’s hard to keep track sometimes. Those crazy kids. Anyway, now that the SF Giants are taking the rest of the baseball season off, I have time to devote more time to football and this blog again…by regurgitating some old crap you may have missed the first time around or if you’re new to this blog. It’s not lazy, per se, but rather an efficient use of time as kickoff is rapidly approaching on Thursday Night Football. (Although this week it’s Ravens vs. Steelers and no one really cares.)

This week it’s a bit of shameless self promotion in the form of a book review for my online dating book Free Love – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet originally posted  on May 13, 2011. Maybe you know someone who needs a date and can pass this along.  They might even thank you.

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New “FREE LOVE” Book Review

Here’s a new and rather kind review of my book FREE LOVE – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet, by Lois Henderson of for your reading, um, pleasure.

Ever been frustrated with your dating experiences and wondered whether you should consider going online to seek out a potential partner, but been too wary to go down that path? No need to wonder about the pitfalls of embarking on such an online adventure—you can now read all about it in Thomas Kelleher’s Free Love – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet. The range of personal encounters, all told in first person, filling the pages of this book is as varied as are those who relate them.

With most people having at least one computer in their own homes, or at least access to one in their local Internet café, what easier way to gain access to the almost 40 million singles in America alone, never mind in other countries of the world, than by posting an ad in the widely available free personals? That is precisely what the over 80 contributors to this volume have done. Each contribution consists of the online ad that was posted by the person seeking a partner, followed by his or her analysis of the response (or lack thereof) that the ad elicited. In some instances the accounts are only a paragraph or two long, whereas others run to a few pages. The sincerity of the contributors permeates the work—after all, with their contributions remaining anonymous, what do they have to lose by sharing what they truly thought of their experiences?

Free Love – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet is divided into the usual categories that typify the online dating sites: Men Seeking Women, Women Seeking Men, Women Seeking Women, Men Seeking Men, as well as Missed Connections and Casual Encounters. The ages of the contributors range from the 20’s to the 50’s, with most of them being middle class. However, the cultural range is wide, with some contributors making the race of the respondents a very real issue as to whether they will be interested in pursuing a relationship, no matter of what duration, with them. Many have had their fingers (let alone other parts of their anatomy!) burned by being unwise in their selection of potential partners, but many have also found worthwhile relationships emerging from their online contacts.

So, if the idea of advertising online for a possible mate has ever crossed your mind, why not buy yourself a copy of Free Love – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet and start reading all about it today? You’re bound to get loads of pointers on how to word your own ads in order to attract the attention of the most desirable partners. And even if you’re not interested in going down that particular path yourself, the stories of loves and lusts lost and gained are likely to arouse your curiosity (and perhaps even other parts of your libido!).

Here’s the link to the site and the review:

Thanks Lois!

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