The Agony of Being
Connected to Everything
in the Universe [what?]
by Andrew Boyd [who?]
jan '02 w.w.norton
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A dark, twisted, existential manifesto posing as a book of daily inspiration.
Revolutionizing the best-selling genre, this thinking man's parody hijacks the format of daily affirmations, but offers a different message: only in paradox, truth; only in darkness, light; only in affliction, affirmation. These "daily afflictions" offer readers inspiration, practical advice, and food for thought, as they navigate the jungle of existential terror that begins anew each day.
We follow the fictional Brother Void on a spiritual journey, both profound and hilarious, into self, family, love, career, death--and finally, Enlightenment. We learn to "listen to our inner critic," appreciate "the nurturing power of dysfunctional families," "love the wrong person," "succeed at failure," "embrace our inner corpse," and finally withstand the "agony of being connected to everything in the Universe."
Part spiritual autobiography, part ironic meditation, this tragi-comic guide to life's sublime predicaments will elevate and educate the spirit.
The truth will set you free, Brother Void reminds us, but first it will hurt like hell.
GOD FOR THE GODLESS,
Like many true originals, Andrew Boyd takes hackneyed forms and turns them into something rich and strange. In Daily Afflictions, affirmational bromides become Boyd's Trojan horse--for a Nietzschean text of dark truths and painfully hard won wisdom.
Attractively designed for desperate readers on the run, Boyd's bitter pills are an unbeliever's guide to the realm of Higher Truth. And they might even make you laugh along the way.