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Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists by Kay Larson
Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists

Larkin, August 2, 2012

About once a year a book takes my breath away. This isn't easy to do since I read between three and five books a week. Where the Heart Beats is ostensibly about the impact of Zen on the composer John Cage and about the impact of Mr. Cage on American culture. It is actually way more than this. The book somehow moves the reader outside of our own thinking to actually taste what Zen Buddhists call "nothingness". By page four I stopped to tell my best friends about the book and then I slowed down my own reading to make the it last as long as possible. I know nothing about music or composition. It didn't matter. I don't know much about Zen. That didn't matter either. Kay Larson, the author, was the art critic for New York magazine for years and her knowledge of the art world shines on the pages. She deserves to win a bushel of awards for this book.
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Just Kids by Patti Smith
Just Kids

Larkin, January 1, 2012

This book reminded me that I could take "celebrity" writing more seriously than I have in the past. Smith's writing glows in the dark. I laughed, I cried. Mostly I felt what she felt and that, for me, is why I love to read well written books.
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Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

Larkin, May 3, 2011

This book is Eat, Pray, Love on steroids. Like Gilbert, Rita Gelman is catapulted into the life of a world traveler by a marriage gone wrong. She also falls in love, after eating amazing foods around the world and tasting some wild and woolly (trance dancing anyone?)spiritual experiences. But there, the sameness stops. Instead of one man, Gelman falls in love with the world and all its people as she makes her way through eight countries in addition to the United States: Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, New Zealand and Thailand. In each place she lives with local families -all strangers at first- sometimes for weeks, sometimes for years. Toward the end of her book the author reflects on why her adventures, some wonderfully joyful, some harrowing, are so juicy. Gelman's response: she trusts people. In a time where trusting someone else feels like an act of courage, I salute this author's gumption, curiosity and ability to pull her readers right into the middle of whatever it is she is experiencing.
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Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth
Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

Larkin, February 19, 2011

This is the best spiritual book I've read in maybe forever (which is saying a lot since I write them myself!). I picked it up last week because I wanted to know what all the fuss was about and Roth is way more than advertised. She describes the process of waking up in sly today terms, without having at it directly. And then does a terrific job of describing what it feels like to be awake without actually saying that is what she is talking about. It doesn't hurt that she is hilarious, irreverent and blunt. I bow in gratitude to her effort and for the lives she is saving through her work.

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