Nearly 40 million singles in America share a personal little secret. They're using the Internet to look for true love and/or lust online. "Free LOVE – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet" documents this popular trend and presents a collection of actual online ad postings as they originally appeared and the stories behind them – all told in the posters’ own words, warts and all.
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About the Author
For over twenty five years Thomas Kelleher worked as an advertising executive and brand strategist in Europe and the United States, creating global ad campaigns for some of the world’s largest, best-known brands. He was also the President/co-founder of his own ad agency, Amp Communications, in San Francisco. Thomas now works as an independent strategist/consultant while also indulging his other passion as a writer. As a keen observer of technology, culture, consumer behavior and emerging trends, it was only a matter of time before his first book "Free Love – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet" was born. Originally from Washington State, and a graduate from WSU, Tom’s lived in Seattle where he drank lots of coffee and wore lots of flannel but still considers England his second home; where he resided next to the Queen and grew to love warm beer, woolly jumpers, fruit machines, driving on the wrong side of the road, and something called “Spotted Dick.” (It’s a dessert.) Thomas Kelleher now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family, feral cats Millie & Daisy, and Super Dave the Wonder Dog, and is busy working on his next book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A compelling and entertaining read that delves deeply within the sexual psyche of people from all different walks of life through the filtered lens of internet personal ads, Free Love: True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet by Thomas Kelleher is a revealing book that underscores how the search for affection affects everyone differently. This non-fiction book is set up into six different sections, every combination of the two genders (both heterosexual and homosexual), missed connections, and casual encounters. Within each section the original ad is displayed upon the page, followed by frank and honest interviews featuring the person who posted the ad, discussing what resulted from their foray into online personals, as well as various relationship advice and private disclosures. The ads themselves are brief, with usually only a paragraph or a few sentences of text, while the interviews afterwards run from one page to several. Regardless, all of the interviews featured have the power to affect the reader, whether it is due the illustrative sex described, or the harrowing accounts of rejection and the fear of being alone. While some of the stories detailed are emotional, others are amusing and humorous. This is a great book for many reasons, not only is the content highly engaging and relatable, but the layout and organization that Kelleher has employed in putting this work together is also exceptional. In the print edition, the graphics, text, and spacing all fit appropriately with the material that is explored. Blurred images are placed as backdrops, emojis litter the pages, and large quotes frame each individual section. The internet has changed a lot of things, but what it has arguably changed the most is how people interact with other. This is an idea that is ever present in this book, as people from all different walks of life discuss the reasons for posting personal ads, whether it be for companionship, sex, friendship, or love. The book has a good balance of lighthearted and deep material for anyone interested in online dating. It also approaches a wide variety of different situations, therefore containing an interesting story for any reader. Free Love is the kind of book you can revisit again and again, reading portions at a time, talking with your friends about what you’ve discovered, which in turn will only cause you to wonder if you would ever do anything listed within the book’s pages. This is the book about free online personals.
Makes you think...
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!).