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"Jordan Castro's if i really wanted to feel happy i'd feel happy already is one of my favorite books. I feel consistently delighted, excited, emotional, amused, intellectually stimulated while reading it and rereading it and thinking about it. I highly recommend it and am glad it exists." - Tao Lin, author of Taipei, Richard Yates, Shoplifting from American Apparel, and mo ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Black Coffee Press (first published March 1st 2013)
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Jay Gabler
I wrote ten paragraphs for an opening review of this book on The Tangential.
Don Gubler
Beware this is not philosophy it is just poetry and mediocre at that. The best part of the book is the title which holds promise upon which the book does not deliver. In fact the book does not deliver anything of value. Read the title, think about it, save yourself some time and money and go no further.
Stephen
I'd recommend this.

In the opening poem, called “self-help: life-affirming philosophy rooted in existentialism, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and the unidirectional nature of time,” Jordan writes: “through a calm, detached, mildly ambitious perception and assessment of / situations and circumstances / i can increase intelligence levels, power levels, and good feelings in my brain.” That sets up a prevalent theme in his poetry. It's a kind of detached/objective self-criticism, a willingness to cha
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Jeff Hoiland
I liked this book. I felt surprised i liked it, which seemed odd because i thought i would like it. i was still surprised.

There were things described in this book that i have done/felt that i haven't seen described elsewhere. some of these things would probably be described as 'weird' or some such thing by a majority of the people i know, even though it seems a lot of people (especially those near my age) have done/felt these (or very similar) things.

some poems i liked because it was like shari
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