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I listened to this one on audiobook. It was read by the author himself. At first, the author's regional English accent was a bit amusing but eventually got a tad annoying. Sorry, Mr Ronson! The topic of the book was interesting, but I felt the book wander and meander a bit too much at times. I did like the way the author put himself in the story and the 'adventure', including being honest about his anxiety problem. Some of what was discussed was down right disturbing, naturally. Do I know a psychopath? Yes I do, and I considered this person and my dealings with him/her over the years, as I listened to the book. Always kept them in mind and compared and contrasted them to what was said about psychopaths in this book. The story of "Tony" was interesting and worrying.I do think Ronson needs to do a book about the Scientologists next, as they do pop up in this book and he lets them off way too easily.
Charles Burns takes Roy Lichtenstein, blends him with early 80's downtown NY and puts them back into a surrealist glee-ride of a book. Not a masterpiece like Black Hole but chock full of signifiers both fun and profound. Can't even imagine how weird it must have been to read these tales in 1982. Originally published as Hard-Boiled Defective Stories, I read a few of these stories while I was in high school and was turned off by the art edge. Didn't get it. Now I can't get enough.
With warmth and wisdom throughout, Palmer describes in a most linear fashion his own triumphs and travails from institutions of many kinds: social, spiritual, and higher education. He is as inclined to quote some calming poetry as he is to lecture on leadership. He taps all the right people for their own thoughts on life and leading (Buechner, Dillard, Rilke, Rumi) and organizes the book's five chapters beneath simple metaphors--the changing of seasons, and those in one's life. He loves an analogy but staves off the hokey stuff. Some will brand his style of writing and leadership to be simplistic for this less-than-utopic world, but very real strength and endurance seep through Palmer's pages to let the reader know that he's been in some precarious spots and lived to tell the tales. He does so from a professional-cum-personal standpoint that makes him highly readable and refreshing when so many other writers on leadership give us models for self-salvation or "principles" on how to get what we want, in so many words. Palmer is quick--and right--to dismiss this "power of positive thinking" as a waste of time. He doesn't have time for such tricks; he's lived too long and seen too much for that. So yes, it's an easy little jam of a read, quick and simple. Leave it to the Quaker to pull no punches. He has some great insights about institutions and learning and vocation, as expected from the title, but he doesn't gloss over the dark times of his own life--depression and the like--but rather reveals plainly what these times meant for him and who he is today as a man and leader. He does all of this with a gentle wit and candor that's refreshing and lacking a hint of pretention. A lot of self-fashioned spiritual "leaders," many of whom have never met a stage or a microphone that they didn't like, could stand to learn from this candid prose and elegant man. The same is true for the everyday denizen such as you and me too. Give Palmer's peace a chance.
I really enjoyed this book. It takes you back to LA in the 60's and 70's. Apparently this is mostly autobiographical although the author uses the name Jacaranda in the story. If you like memior style books about the 1960's I think you'll like this one.
** spoiler alert ** Necropolis is one of my favourite out of all the gatekeepers books. I wanted to know so badly what happens at the end, and now I do. When I was reading it, I just thought how everything was going wrong, and I really hoped it would turn out okay... but still, it was a great book. Even though the ending not what I wanted it to be, I guess it's realistic and shows that the good doesn't always win. Even though I really wanted them to win. But despite the ending, it's an awesome book. I couldn't put it down.
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