The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love

Thomas Moore, Author HarperCollins Publishers $25 (307p) ISBN 978-0-06-018697-5
""Why should modern life become more sensuous and sexual?"" asks Moore. He answers with a principle voiced by Freud: ""We display outrageously and obsessively that which we do not fully possess or have deeply at our disposal."" Moore's ensuing description of the puritanical repression behind our cultural obsession with sex offers the key to his own success. In his bestselling Care of the Soul, Moore challenged our yearning for salvation and shyness about high culture with an epicurean approach to good living that was culled from Renaissance philosophy, mythology, literature, Jung and the works of Moore's own teacher, the brilliant ""archetypal"" psychologist James Hillman. Moore's approach was satisfyingly ""soulful"" in the sense that he emphasized the wisdom and integration that can come when we accept and cultivate the desires of our bodies and imaginations instead of seeking transcendence. Here, Moore uses the same rich trove of learning to explore many facets of sex, in fantasy, in the lure of the body and in the whole range of our relationships from marriage to the workplace. Moore's points seem a bit tired at times. (Isn't there a fresher example of the spirit of sex than Marilyn Monroe? Must Moore defend plastic surgery as sometimes ""soul-saving""?). Overall, however, he makes fascinating, quotable reading of the way sex naturally entwines with spirituality in chastity as in the most passionate love affair. In Moore's analysis, Jesus is epicurean in his love of life, and each of us can expand our vision of sexuality to include the energy that creates beauty and builds friendships and community. While lacking the verve and economy of Care of the Soul, Moore's latest work educates as it entertains. 20 b&w illustrations not seen by PW. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1998
Release date: 07/01/1998
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.