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Preview — 40 Days of Dating by Jessica Walsh. An Experiment by Jessica Walsh.
When New York—based graphic designers and long-time friends Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh found themselves single at the same time, they decided to try an experiment. The old adage says that it takes 40 days to change a habit—could the same be said for love?
So they agreed to date each other for 40 days, record their experiences in questionnaires, photographs, videos, When New York—based graphic designers and long-time friends Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh found themselves single at the same time, they decided to try an experiment. So they agreed to date each other for 40 days, record their experiences in questionnaires, photographs, videos, texts, and artworks, and post the 40 days of dating blog posts on a website they would create for this purpose.
What began as a small experiment between two friends became an Internet sensation, drawing 5 million unique and obsessed visitors from around the 40 days of dating blog posts to their site and their story since it was launched in July An Experiment is a beautifully designed, expanded look at the experiment and the results, including a great deal of material that never made it onto the site, such as who they were as friends and individuals before the 40 days and who they have become since.
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Feb 24, Molly rated it liked it. Stumbled upon accidentally, this book was a mistake that wormed it's way, happily, onto my reading list. I found the concept and design of this experiment fascinating, especially because it was both emotional and intellectual.
It spurred me wondering if I would ever be bold enough to undertake such an experiment with a male friend of mine.
Could I risk such a friendship? What are my main relationship hiccups? Can two people develop enough feelings for each other to override their shortcomings? I Stumbled upon accidentally, this book was a mistake that wormed it's way, happily, onto my reading list. I desperately wanted to know if Tim and Jessica were able to make it work. And reading through their journal entries was psychologically and emotionally fascinating.
I struggled, however, with the second half of the book: Perhaps I am just a snob about organization, but it infuriated me that I was reading them side by side when one person was writing about June and the other was writing about August. 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.
It would have made more sense. I ended up flipping pages fifteen times with two bookmarks so I could read them in chronological order anyway, which was tedious and annoying. Overall, though, I think this was an interesting portrait of modern relationships. Feb 25, Jantine Zandbergen rated it liked it Shelves: An Experiment' is a fun book on an interesting experiment: 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 looks really nice; which isn't a surprise coming from two designers. I found the lay-out a bit uncomfortable though; you have to read the di '40 Days of Dating: I found the lay-out a bit uncomfortable though; "40 days of dating blog posts" have to read the diary entries with the book turned for instance, and the set-up in the final chapter make you have to flip the pages several times. But hey, I've read 'House of Leaves' so I'm used to having to work for reading a book ; A fun and original read which looks great on your coffee-table.
Sep 03, Fernanda Renton rated it it was amazing. I love this experiment, I 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.