Stephen Bayley


Bayley argues that aesthetic enjoyment of physical objects and pastimes is being neglected in favour or a more detached engagement with digital tech — in a series of loosely connected short essays, he lays out a rough sketch of what a “hedonistic” life might contain:

He seems somewhat uninterested in physical pleasure and sex as a physical act, often favouring intellectual engagement over simple “pleasure”, which grates against my own stance. I also found his tone somewhat pretentious and self-important, and while a lot of the book was entertaining by the end I was growing a bit tired of him.