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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us

Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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Mr. Peanut (Vintage Contemporaries) by Adam Ross
Mr. Peanut (Vintage Contemporaries)

Ken Klein, January 3, 2012

A story that takes you in many directions at once - many angles, points of view - all examining, in one way or another - relationships, love, hate, memory, identity. Done with great style, humor and poignancy. It's a wild ride which manages to be both a lot of fun, and just when you're not looking, somewhat profound.
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Zen and the art of making a living :a practical guide to creative career design by Laurence Boldt
Zen and the art of making a living :a practical guide to creative career design

Ken Klein, September 5, 2011

Here is a book I come back to again and again - for its information, certainly. But more for its inspiration and spiritual guidance - if that doesn't sound too over-the-top. Zen and the Art of Making a Living is more than just a guidebook about how to write a great resume, build useful referrals, and knock 'em dead in interviews. It takes the audacious step of asking very primal questions - such as - what is it that you really want to do with your life? It dares to discuss questions of personal fulfillment - of providing service to others - of gaining personal satisfaction with one's work and deeds. In an era when many of us are scrambling just to get by - and willing to take any exploitative opportunity to keep a roof over our heads - it's important, I think, to keep the fundamentals of a quality life front and center. And time and again, this book has provided the means to do just that for me. The clever layout allows you to get as deep into certain areas as you choose - but it's also a pleasure to simply skim for the many terrific quotes - from a great and diverse pool of philosophers and thinkers. At the very least, it can help re-order your personal priorities, ask yourself the hard questions, and then provide a toolset to enable you to reach, perhaps, a more creative and fulfilling set of choices than you otherwise might have chosen. I know I'm on my way to the next great adventure.
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The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
The Finkler Question

Ken Klein, January 1, 2011

An extraordinarily observant, poignant, and funny book that goes beyond its prominent theme of what it's like to be a Jew in England at this particular time - to encompass themes of love, friendship, betrayal, and all manner of human folly and frailty. Highly recommended!
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