Spinning Straw Into Gold (häftad)
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4422:Standard Color 5.5 x 8.5 in or 216 x 140 mm (Demy 8vo) Perfect Bound on Standard 70 White w/Mat
Spinning Straw Into Gold (häftad)

Spinning Straw Into Gold

Straight Talk for Troubled Times (2013) Paperback

Häftad Engelska, 2017-04-06
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Spinning Straw Into Gold is exactly what its subtitle says: straight talk for troubled times. It offers no formula for success, as it is traditionally defined, and no promise that you can shape your destiny by the power of your mind. Goals such as these, in the view of the author, only reflect the spiritual emptiness of contemporary American life.

What the book does offer is one man's meditation on the meaning of his life to date, and an opportunity for the reader to reflect on the meaning of his or her own life in turn. Success, i.e., living in reality, demands an awareness of the depth and complexity of that life: a coming to terms with it as it actually exists, with all its strange contradictions and surprising twists of fate. Spinning Straw Into Gold is thus not a feel-good book. Rather it is a search-your-soul and ponder-your-being book. For those who have the courage to allow it to stimulate true reflection, it may be rewarding in unexpected ways. It is for those who seek richness in reality, rather than in the pipe dreams of mass society, that this book is written.
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“over the decades, morris berman has provided readers with compelling books whose topics range from spiritual awareness to probing analysis of america’s decline. in Spinning Straw Into Gold he explores his own life trajectory as he stepped away from society’s traditional demands and measures of meaning, and found what was truly meaningful instead. The result is a powerful, timely, and mind-opening challenge for all of us to do the same.”

—nomi prins, author of It Takes a Pillage, Black Tuesday, and other works

“for years morris berman has been describing the downfall of america, an argument that shocked many by its apparent pessimism. but a sensitive reader will have discerned a very positive message at the bottom of his recent trilogy on the american decline: that we are the last survivors of a failed empire, and will witness the emergence of a better, more balanced relation to the world from the ruins of its destructive manias and obsessions. berman writes in the tradition of paul goodman’s Growing Up Absurd, Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom, and the mother lode of all such individual wisdom in America, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This is not your typical self-help manual, but a clear-headed, translucently reasoned account of how one individual broke free from a dysfunctional culture and now gives us a way to accomplish the same liberation for ourselves.”

—paul christensen, author of The Human Condition and Strangers in Paradise

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Morris Berman is a poet, novelist, essayist, social critic, and cultural historian. He has written fourteen books and more than 150 articles, and has taught at a number of universities in Europe, North and South America, and Mexico. He won the Governor's Writers Award for Washington State in 1990, and was the first recipient of the annual Rollo May Center Grant for Humanistic Studies in 1992. In 2000, The Twilight of American Culture was named a "Notable Book" by the New York Times Book Review, and in 2013 he received the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity from the Media Ecology Association. Dr. Berman lives in Mexico.