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Average rating: 3.29 · 870 ratings · 148 reviews · 13 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Number: What Do You Nee...

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Shoptimism: Why the America...

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The Number: A Completely Di...

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The Ultimate Fishing Book

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Finally got around to reading. Worth the wait.

Last section, a critical essay, includes a smart tribute to Keith Jarrett, no matter than Jarrett makes going to a live performance so stressful. God forbid you should have to cough.
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Strangely, this short memoir of the Village in the 40's was reportedly included in David Bowie's list of 100 favorite books. Now that I've read it, it seems even stranger.
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“Anais Nin responds to the age-old question of why some people are compelled to write:

We... write to heighten our own awareness of life, we write to lure and enchant and console others, we write to serenade our lovers. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth, we write to expand our world when we feel strangled, or constricted, or lonely. We write as the birds sing. As the primitive dance their rituals. If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write.

Now, please read that one more time. But this time, substitute the word “live” for the word “write” and there you have it—the point that’s always been right there in front of our nose.”
Lee Eisenberg, The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death, and Everything in Between

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