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Long Quiet Highway by Natalie Goldberg
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Jan 31, 11

bookshelves: swap, memoir, writing
Read from January 02 to 06, 2011, read count: 2

I first read this book as a junior in high school, selected as a just-outside-the-boundaries biography of a writer whose work I loved as a much-anticipated classroom assignment. I quickly became so aggravated with the author-as-subject, though -- I was tense and angry with this person who bore no resemblance to the writer-of-action, who "sat with" her loneliness, who struggled with what seemed to me a deadening ennui. My seventeen year-old-self had no patience for her meandering sentences and slow-growth realization.

I revisited Natalie's memoir at the first of the year, after I spent most of 201o cultivating my sense of stillness and my willing to look closely at that which puzzles me. I pulled it from a "give to charity" box in my old bedroom at my parents' house where I stayed over the Christmas holidays, thinking that my impetuous, over-active teenage self had missed something valuable in the words of a serious Buddhist thinker, that perhaps I could learn from her now.

Nope. I spent three evenings poring over her words and called it quits. I have no patience for my own navel-gazing, let alone anyone else's. (It's back in the charity box in my NYC apartment.)
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message 1: by Susan (new)

Susan I agree with you. I found the lack of introspection startling.

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