Nerve. The First Ten Years - erotic art by Chronicle Books - review by Aliki

Nerve. The First Ten Years

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Unnerve me!

I was very excited when I flipped through and read the pages. The contributing photos I felt could be a little larger in some instances, maybe swapping them for some of the photos they chose to be the larger ones. I have a feeling this book and I will be fast friends, I will relish it for a long while.
Edgy for the times, not too smutty. Less artistic & more amateur.
Some photos aren't large enough to appreciate.
Rating by reviewer:
useful review

About author

Nerve is a collection of editors and contributing authors. It would be unfair to name one person as being responsible for this book. (I can't anyhow as I do not know this!)
    • Engaging
    • Very personal approach

Content / Style / Audience

Nerve. The First Ten Years is great for anyone. If you enjoy a great narrative of the times we have most likely all encountered, and some photography that isn't staged and overly done like today's Suicide Girls and whatever else is out there, then you need to check this out. For me it was nostalgic, explorative, humorous and invigorating. Where there used to be boundaries, we have clearly grown into a more acceptable society, and what else could be better at showcasing a generation of youths than this? To those of us who grew into our own from the mid-late 90's until the first few years of the new century, we need to remember; Nerve did too!

This book reminds me of my high school and early college years. There are photos in the earlier years of this book that bring back memories of when Fiona Apple was on MTV with her sensual and semi-erotic music videos, urging me to pay attention, but only if my parents weren't around. So curious I was back then, about things I only heard about from friends' stories of other friends, and feelings that would allow me to be aroused, but for short and exhilarating periods of time.

''The first Ten Years'' is a replica of the things I felt when I was younger. Reminding me of how cool it was to wear mismatching clothing and high socks with my skater socks, to the more delicate of garments only seen on magazines from the gas station, or on the bottoms of magazine shelves at the book store. The girls always wanting to catch a glance at the male body, feeling so daring but so sneaky at the same time. Nerve reminded me of an era in my life where I also got to experience sex, freedom of having same gender partners and it being OK to experiment to understand who I am in this world, underground fantasy-life and the never ending evenings of being with my first boyfriend, and some more ''friends'' I would later meet in college.

Although described as a coffee table book; with its super rad neon pinkish cover (reminiscent of the hot pink drawing tablet we all has as kids), I cannot help but feel this is a awesome collection of narratives, cashing in on things we have all been have been exposed to as a generation X-ers (and maybe some ages before and after us that can relate as well) and some of the stressful situations, social stigmas, the changing into more radical and acceptable times, odd body experiences, and various other happenstances that I remember so well from a teenager and beyond. This book describes, and shows me things I could (sometimes vaguely, sometimes not so vaguely) relate to.

The writers at Nerve have always been keen to relate to their reading peers, and I feel this collection is no different. Their photography has always been able to express anyone from the Abercrombie kids to the ravers, and everyone in between. The love of anyone and everyone is welcome in this book, evident in the stories and photographs. It's a very enjoyable book that I won't be afraid to keep out if my parents come over, nor will I keep it a secret from friends when they're visiting as well. In fact, to my friends I will probably show it off a bit and ask, ''Temember when this issue was on TV.?'' I bet they'll say yes.
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    • Music shops
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    • Erotic photography
    • Good mix of styles and content
    • Humorous


The covers of this book exactly match the content! The material used for the sleeve of the book is clearly a sign of what's inside. Edgy, fulfilling and in your face and bold. The photography also mimics the content.
    • Hard cover
    • Large coffee table style
    • Well made
Follow-up commentary
I have to make a confession;
I have neglected to write my follow-up review because I was hosting a Halloween party! I had about 30 or so people in the house, things were going swimmingly for an hour or so and then someone noticed my copy of Nerve on my bookshelf connected to my T.v. Of course it stood out since I have the side lighting on my T.v. They picked it up and yelled ''ASHLEY HAS PORN!'' of course, you and I both know this isn't a 'porn' book at all! It's a book of art, of a certain documented time when everyone wanted to be in a music video pushing the envelope of displayable sexuality! This started quite the debate. Everyone but a small handful of people were oogling over the gorgeous photos in the book, debating passionately over some photos' pornographic facade!... or artistic manifestations. We all recognized that the book's neon pink sleeve is the material used for those kiddie writing tables most of us had growing up. The write and un-peel to erase kind.
I couldn't have asked for more of a group togetherness! Now.. do keep in mind that this wasn't my intention of buying the book. I love keeping this book out on my coffee table for my visitors (which all attended the party and defended the book against the porn status)I put it 'away' to keep it from possible drunken massacres. Which were avoided thank goodness. I only had to wipe cupcake frosting off two pages.
Almost a week has elapsed since my party, one of my friends managed to find the book and purchase it, and two others have since come by to read the articles in the book. It is currently on loan to a third! So as stated above, both myself and my party people loved the book regardless if it's deemed pornography or not (I'll leave that choice to you, my friend)they all commented on every photo, most of the article titles and about the fashion through the time line. I will be holding on to this gem for quite some time!
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  • Kayla
    This just makes me want to purchase this book even more. Glad you enjoyed it!
  • ~LaUr3n~
  • Aliki
    Thanks! It really is a neat book. If you have the chance to browse through the pages, I especially like the ''earliest'' dated submissions. They're really well written (as one would assume)!
  • M121212
    Thanks for the review
  • yatinp30
    good one
  • tiname25
    nice work
  • hotcoktail
    Thanks for the review
  • Chris15461
    Thanks for this review
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    Thanks for the review
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