A man in his 40s, triggered by conflict with his children amidst the turbulent 1960s, sets off on a personal quest in search of ... he's not sure what...moreA man in his 40s, triggered by conflict with his children amidst the turbulent 1960s, sets off on a personal quest in search of ... he's not sure what. Ten years later, See/a of Process appears, published by an unconventional press in an unconventional style.
Released by the Wake-Brook House press -- a small mid-20th century press specializing in beautifully made books that included "writing of originality and exceptional literary merit, which lacks the mass sales potential necessary for acceptance by a major publisher" (from the publisher's informational booklet) -- Alexander Steinmetz (pseudonym of Robert Hittel) offers a brief essay recounting his personal quest resulting in "the discovery of the universal law of process."
Like the text itself, the slim volume is of nontraditional construction: 60-some unnumbers pages in random colors of white, cream, yellow, pink, gold, and pale blue. The ink colors smoothly flow from blacks to blues to reds, often all on the same page (see the additional pictures in the description).
The author's prose is at times rambling, vague, repetitive, and downright frustrating. At the same time he offers moments of interesting commentary and analysis.
If nothing else, an intriguing study of one honest and sincere man's attempt to make sense of the world. Even if his understanding ultimately remains a mostly private affair, this book provides a worthy testament to his personal effort.
"For the first time in my life I have found something that didn't deal in fear and offer rewards or punishment after death. I have found something that doesn't require me to maintain a status, a tense, competitive, high pressure vigil to remain in my proper position. I have found a way to live that is calm and peaceful, yet thrilling and exciting right in the midst of civilization and all its pressures, for none of its demands no longer reach me."(less)