Faith Middleton Show: Authors of Writers Gone Wild and New Self, New World
Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes
Truth is stranger than fiction.
If you've imagined famous writers to be desk-bound drudges, think again. Writers Gone Wild rips back the (book) covers and reveals the seamy underside of the writing life.
Insightful, intriguing, and irresistibly addictive, Writers Gone Wild reveals such fascinating stories as:
• The night Dashiell Hammett hired a Chinese prostitute to break up S. J. Perelman's marriage (and ran off with his wife).
• Why Sylvia Plath bit Ted Hughes on the cheek.
• Why Ernest Hemingway fought a book critic, a modernist poet, and his war correspondent/wife Martha Gellhorn (but not at the same time).
• The near-fatal trip Katherine Anne Porter took while high on marijuana in Mexico.
• Why women's breasts sent Percy Bysshe Shelley screaming from the room.
• The day Virginia Woolf snuck onto a Royal Navy ship disguised as an Abyssinian prince.
Pull up a chair, turn on good reading light, and discover what your favorite writers were up to while away from their desks. Sometimes, they make the wildest characters of all.
New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century
Anxiety runs like an undercurrent through our daily lives. We often feel distracted and out of touch with our deeper purpose. These common feelings are the by-products of an exceedingly celebral Western culture. In New Self, New World, Renaissance man Philip Shepherd explores the root causes of these feelings and presents practical solutions in terms so fresh that they open your eyes and your heart to a compelling reality.
In our culture we find it normal to live in our heads, in a fragmented world, absorbed in our own anxieties-the only imaginable state for people who mistakenly believe the body is a machine. But at our core, we know better. New Self, New World challenges this primary story of what it means-and feels like-to be human.
Shepherd demonstrates how we come into our true humanity only when we unite with our core-the deep, innate intelligence of the body. Our consciousness is not centered in the head any more than the universe is centered around the earth. To shift our paradigm, though, we need a revolution in our understanding of ourselves as decisive as the one begun by Copernicus. At once a spiritual handbook, a philosophical primer and a roaming inquiry into human history, New Self, New World cracks open the possibilities of human experience and, with clarity, inspiration and compassion, lays the groundwork for personal renewal.