Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness
What does it mean to be happy?Â Ever since the Founding Fathers invited every citizen to join the pursuit ofÂ happiness, Americans have been studying and pining for that elusive state of mind.Â But rather than explaining happiness, in Seven Pleasures Willard Spiegelman demonstrates it: he immerses usin the joyful, illuminating practice of seven simple pleasures â€”danc
Spiegelman, professor of English at Southern Methodist University, writes in an easy and conversational style, rejecting happiness based on religion or psychopharmacology, on the one hand, or the typical American happiness focused on instant gratification and wealth, on t ...more
I was right. The author is an erudite man, a professor, and this book reeks of his desire to share what he knows with others. I’m quite certain there are many who would love to read of his encounters with his seven pleasures, and perhaps, given the right mindset, I would have enjoyed t ...more
Seven Pleasures turns the American obsession with the pursuit of happiness inside out. Rather than focus on religion or pharmacology, Spiegelman advocates thoughtful activity and engagement with the world. The book is a collection of essays each titled with a gerund: Reading, Walking, Looking, Dancing, Listening, Swimming and Writing--all, with the exception of danci ...more
While somewhat intellectural and academic in tone, this book is nevertheless warm and appealing. Some of the words and references to art and travel are less familiar, but most readers will be fine. Easy to read just one essay at a time; you can come back days ...more
This book reads like ramblings that only a vanity press would publish.
In the final part the author says he finds writing to be effortless. A good writer exerts some effort, so ipso facto we have in Seven Pleasures a ...more
I stumbled upon Seven Pleasures and am so glad that I did. It's a book I also think I will return to for its insights.