own-it, spirit-self

Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

author: David Lipsky

name: Steev

average rating: 3.89

book published: 2010

rating: 5

read at: 2012/03/02

date added: 2012/12/30

shelves: own-it, spirit-self

review:
This is a fascinating read, at least if, like me, you're a fan of DFW, and interested in thinking about what makes creative and tortured people tick. This book is an amazingly transparent document of a few days spent with Wallace, mostly just a transcript of everything said while the reporter's tape was running. But as such it's really great, because Wallace shines forth as a genius, as a dork, as a dog lover, as a really nice guy struggling to stay sane and healthy. It's bittersweet to read this, to learn all the things he had going for him and how similar he was to so many nice and smart and creative people I know, and to me, and yet still he decided he couldn't go on.

The most important and compelling of the many deep things touched on during this extended interview is toward the end of the book, when Wallace kind of pierces through everything to summarize what the core of life's challenge is: "...fear is the basic condition, and there are all kinds of reasons for why we're afraid. But the fact of the matter is... the job we're here to do is to learn how to live in a way that we're not terrified all the time. And not in a position of using all kinds of different things, and using people to keep that kind of terror at bay... the face i'd put on the terror is the dawning realization that nothing's enough, you know? That no pleasure is enough, that no achievement is enough... there's a queer dissatisfaction or emptiness at the core of the self that is unassuagable by outside stuff... it's assuageable by internal means. I think those internal means have to be earned and developed, and it has something to do with um, um, the pop-psych phrase is lovin' yourself... I think it's part of the job we're here for is to learn how to do it."

And he couldn't figure out how to do it.

Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

author: Viktor E. Frankl

name: Steev

average rating: 4.33

book published: 1946

rating: 5

read at: 2014/09/08

date added: 2014/09/10

shelves: own-it, spirit-self

review:
This book is everything everyone praises it for and more. Highly recommended. I found it highly inspiring, moving, heartbreaking, and wise. Enough said.

Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

author: Viktor E. Frankl

name: Steev

average rating: 4.32

book published: 1946

rating: 5

read at: 2014/09/08

date added: 2014/09/10

shelves: own-it, spirit-self

review:
This book is everything everyone praises it for and more. Highly recommended. I found it highly inspiring, moving, heartbreaking, and wise. Enough said.

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

author: David Lipsky

name: Steev

average rating: 3.84

book published: 2010

rating: 0

read at: 2012/03/02

date added: 2012/03/06

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

author: David Lipsky

name: Steev

average rating: 3.84

book published: 2010

rating: 0

read at: 2012/03/02

date added: 2012/03/06

shelves: own-it, spirit-self

Prenuptial Agreements: How To Write A Fair And Lasting Contract, Second Edition

Prenuptial Agreements: How To Write A Fair And Lasting Contract, Second Edition

author: Katherine E. Stoner

name: Steev

average rating: 4.33

book published: 2005

rating: 5

read at: 2010/05/17

date added: 2010/06/17

shelves: own-it, spirit-self

review:
This is a really clear instruction manual, basically. very easy to work through and create your own prenup, or at least draft version. highly recommended. I'm not sure how it could be any better.

Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair and Lasting Contract. Book with CD-Rom (Second Edition)

Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair and Lasting Contract. Book with CD-Rom (Second Edition)

author: Katherine E. Stoner

name: Steev

average rating: 5.00

book published: 2005

rating: 5

read at: 2010/05/17

date added: 2010/06/17

shelves: own-it, spirit-self

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