You Don't Have to be Buddhist to Know Nothing
An Illustrious Collection of Thoughts on Naught
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|Format:||Hardback, 333 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 November 2009|
Whether a subject of dread or of fascination, nothing (often spelled with a capital 'N') has intrigued writers, philosophers, and scientists since ancient times. In this sound-bite history of the concept of nothing, distinguished journalist Joan Konner has created a unique anthology devoted to, well ...nothing. The collection brings together, in one portable volume, the thoughts of well-known writers and philosophers, artists and musicians, poets and playwrights, geniuses and jokers, demonstrating that some of the finest minds explored, feared, confronted, experienced, and played with the real or imagined presence of nothing in their lives. Paradoxical? Yes, indeed. This book shows that, like many Eastern sages, deep thinkers in the West also recognised and pondered non-existence as an essential component and complement of existence itself. Organised in short topical chapters from 'Knowing Nothing' to the 'Joy of Unknowing' and 'Nothing is Sacred', the verbal snapshots captured in this collection create a coherent work of insight, wisdom, humour and wonder. The book is compelling enough to be read all at once or in short bursts, as the spirit moves.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; Book I: Before; Book II: Here Goes Nothing; Book III: In Residence; Book IV: Public Library; Book V: Concert Hall; Book VI: School; Book VII: Museum; Book VIII: Theatre District; Book IX: House of Worship; Book X: Downtown; Book XI: City Limits.
About the Author
Joan Konner conceived and edited The Atheist's Bible, which became a national bestseller in 2007. She is Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, as well as the former publisher and currently an honorary co-chair of the Columbia Journalism Review. This is her second book.
"The quotes -- always insightful, sometimes wickedly funny--are by thinkers of all stripes, such as Sylvia Plath, Bob Dylan, Lao Tzu, and Shakespeare." -- Shambhala Sun, December 2009/January 2010
|Publisher: ||Prometheus Books|
|Dimensions: ||18.85 x 12.9 x 2.39 centimeters (0.36 kg)|