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Journeys Out of the Body by Robert A Monroe
Journeys Out of the Body

selka, November 3, 2009

A classic in the field of Out of Body exploration. From a modern perspective, the writing style is dated, slow moving, and burdened by defensive explication, but what he has to say is important and all his books retain must-read status for anyone interested in the Out of Body phenomenon.
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Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives) by Bill Bryson
Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives)

selka, November 3, 2009

Lovely. With the novel premise of defining the very lean menu of things we “know for sure” about the Bard, it distinguishes itself from the hordes of Shakespeare biographies by avidly shunning speculation and conjecture. Bryson builds a concise, informative picture of Shakespeare's place in history in a very readable, entertaining, engaging way, while exploring how and where the "facts" we think we know about Shakespeare developed along the way, too.
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Roomanitarian by Henry Rollins

selka, November 3, 2009

Rollins, unchanged. If he's your thing, it's more of the same. To me: disappointing. In my late teens, Henry Rollins was a hero of mine because of his straight talk on rage, athleticism, social hypocrisy, and the importance of shunning drugs and alcohol. What he had to say was very important to me then, but to read something recent and see he’s still saying the exact same thing in the same way as 15 years ago was a bit of a letdown. I’ve evolved so much, I hoped to see how a man I deeply admired had also done so.
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The Holy Man by Susan Trott
The Holy Man

selka, November 3, 2009

Perfect, fabulous, sweetly brilliant. This is one of my life-long favorite books. It’s heartwarming, hilarious, well written and a pleasure to read, and also gives you a virtuous sense of growth and time well spent, even after multiple rereads. There's always something to learn from the Holy Man's ample but gently offered wisdom.
An ideal gift book.
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The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke
The Hottest State

selka, November 1, 2009

An absolutely torturous plunge into the hormone ridden twenty-something world of first love. Torturous because that world is very skillfully evoked, and swirls and surges up and down at a desperate, realistic pace just like the emotions of one’s early twenties. I appreciate his skill, and close the book most grateful to no longer be in my twenties myself.
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