This w A very cool, visually appealing book that tells the pre- and post-experiment details not found on the blog. They're both designers and they make super cool things but when it's grainy or impossible to see because your Kindle won't blow it up. Jessie and Tim reflect on their dating habits and develop an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses in relationships. You have to ask yourself why these two really did it. I love this experiment, I love Tim and Jessie as characters, I love how they don't try to be any other thing than themselves, opening their qualities and flaws, thoughts and feelings.
So what did I like? We went into the project naively, not having talked about a lot of major questions that should have been talked about. It makes you think about things, question, and learn a little more about you and about differences from others. One fan the other day told us how she recovered from chemotherapy recently, but that reading our story inspired her to go after what she wants in life. Even in the opening pages, I found myself quickly disliking Jessie and her take on life. Jessica: We launched the website without finishing the artwork for the posts retouching the photos, editing the videos. We thought we'd have enough time to do this as we went along, but we didn't expect the blog to go viral.
My only real negative feeling about this book has to do with the way it was printed. The project itself had a lot of ups and downs. With one a hopeless romantic and one a commitment-phobe, attracted over 10 million unique visitors, with the world waiting with baited-breath over what would happen between these two friends. I found myself reflecting on my own relationships and how I've occupied the spaces of boyfriend and lover, as well as friend. Something which a number of the reviews of the original blog seem to echo. We work together to make sure our columns kind of line up. I found the concept and design of this experiment fascinating, especially because it was both emotional and intellectual.
Tim: No, we knew that it was a unique idea and we had done our research. Also, the layout of this book is so genius I can't even describe it. As for the content, it felt like snooping into someone's diary, but the kind of diary a person would leave lying around for another to read. Obviously if she had been more into him than he was, it would have been too cliche. Tim: A friend said Paul Bethany.
But because the blog was created after the experiment, it was all just too pre-planned for me, and seemed to simply be an exercise for the two designers to showcase their artistic talent. Did you worry that having this new relationship made so public would add pressure to you both? Secondly, the concept is really rather frustrating. Are we attracted to each other? Can two people develop enough feelings for each other to override their shortcomings? That sort of affected the way I read the second half of the journal entries, so for those of you who haven't read the book, please try to resist the temptation to flip to the back! I truly felt that those entries following the initial experiment would have been better organized in chronological order instead of having the left pages reserved for Jessica and the right pages for Timothy. This is an amazing study in sociopsychology, and I will carry it with me for the rest of my life. Funny how Tim and Jessica could perceive a date or event differently.
What starts as a fun idea develops into something much deeper, becoming an interesting look at the love lives and psyche of the two authors. The book includes original illustrations from around the world What was the most challenging part of the project? The real point was whether or not we could help each other. One fan even went out of his way to make a music video about the project! As creative people, we love the process of making something provocative that could potentially inspire and touch people. Was it knowing that the other would read what you wrote or that a larger audience would? Yes, I of all people know challenges are always contrived, but this went a step further than most. I Stumbled upon accidentally, this book was a mistake that wormed it's way, happily, onto my reading list. Someone else jokingly said Christopher Lloyd.
Big Brother 15 David Uncensored! I feel like they became my friends after reading their thoughts on very personal things, like intimacy and childhood. We still find that most modern-day relationships have a sense of sacredness to them. An interesting read that does a great job at examining the differences in dating between men and women. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. And we were affectionate and intimate and had a great night.
I don't want to give anything away to those of you who may want to read it, but it is essentially this: Two long time friends are tired of being unsuccessful in the daring world, so they decide to date each other for 40 days. They also filled the book with what felt like nonsense simply to have enough to write a book, which was disappointing. I always end up having to finish a book once I start, in this case thank goodness. The book picks right up and cries on till about a year later. For this reason, I was surprised to find myself much more engaged with the content and story, and I was much more interested in what happened to the two of them after the experiment when they were free from arbitrary rules and structure. Thanks, Tim and Jessie, for this.