Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea
This is one of my all-time favourite books, and one of the few books that I have read more than once. I’m sure many of us dream of leaving everything behind and discovering ourselves in a new and unfamiliar environment. In many ways that is what I did when I left for Australia at the drop of a hat. Maybe because I had already read this book by then, I had the courage to do that.
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One of the best books I have ever read. It may have just become my favourite, more than that, it made me realize that I never had a favourite before. Now, if somebody asked me what my favourite book is I wouldn’t have to think about it; it would flow out of me instantly: “The Bell Jar“.
I guess I should have been excited the way most of the other girls were, but I couldn’t get myself to react. I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.
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For me, being present in the “now” is somewhat difficult. Its not that I’m always thinking about the past or the present, but I am often daydreaming or thinking about something other than what is happening. This can create a lot of unneeded stress and anxiety, and sometimes exhaustion. I’ve thought so much before that I’ve been to the point where I just didn’t want to think any more, but I didn’t know how. Until something miraculous happened. Read More »
I think one of the most important things about classic works of literature is what we, as writers, can learn from them. It might seem strange to think that we could find writing advice in a work of art published circa the Shakespeare age (or in this case a few decades after). But Milton’s poetry, and so many other classic works of literature, is an extravagant demonstration of the beautiful and wondrous intricacies of the English language.
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This is definitely a book that I will read again, and again. Pinker’s expertise in psycholinguistics allows his readers to understand why English rules are constructed the way they are. My favourite thing about this book is that Pinker acknowledges that English is always changing, and that constructions that are seen as correct today may be incorrect in the future.Read More »