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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Ehrenreich states at the beginning of the book that she has never, nor will she ever write an autobiography, then she goes on to write an autobiography about herself. You learn all about her childhood, teen years, love affairs, etc. for the first part of her life. In a book about spiritual experiences and the quest for enlightenment, I didn't need to know, nor did I care to learn about Ehrenreich's childhood. The bits where Ehrenreich talks about her mystical experience are curious and the parts about her personal philosophy are interesting. Still she has NO answers and you have to wad threw oceans of autobiographical material to get to that.
What else would you have wanted to know about Barbara Ehrenreich’s life?
I would like to know how Ehrenreich can be a professional author and not know what "autobiography" means.
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What made the experience of listening to Living with a Wild God the most enjoyable?
Many things: In general, I deeply appreciate Barbara Ehrenreich's writing. Her iconoclastic take on beliefs that are uncritically accepted defy demographic pigeonholing. Ms. Ehrenreich challenges the status quo, yet at the same time she works toward an original reframing of the concepts she deconstructs giving the listener something worthwhile to go toward. In this book, she reconciles seemingly paradoxical positions: mysticism and atheism. The insights she offers the reader are fresh and full of heart and intellect.
What other book might you compare Living with a Wild God to and why?
Have you listened to any of Barbara Ehrenreich’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
An author reading their own philosophical treatise brings a degree of intent to the listening that transcends the merits and demerits of performance.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
For this book, there is no film. Live it.
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