Saturday, September 4, 2010

#30DaysOfTruth Day 17 // A Book of Changes

#30DaysofTruth  The prompts live here. And the tweets live here. Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.

I've waxed on about it before, so you'll be less than bowled over when I tell you my Big Life-Changing Book is Steppenwolf. It's the one, though. Hesse's wolfey madman whirls me through the false ideology of duality

mommy v. artist
straight v. gay
serious v. goofy
writer v. painter
rational v. mystic

and spits me into a hallucinogenic, mind-wide-open EVERYTHING where I can see the thousands of layers of experience that create the unique colors of the individual. Barriers shatter. It's been a solid lesson in identity and examining where I fit in a world that overwhelms.

I'm working (annoyingly slowly...) through The Glass Bead Game now, and I have a small library of Hesse on loan from the delightful Bubbasatva.

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