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Click on Book Cover Go to Table of Contents Below."Today readers live in the midst of riches, which they neither value nor exploit, failing to realise that the application of attention is the magical act which transforms print and paper into bread and wine. And now, patient reader, read on!" ---Robert Cecil in his Introduction to The King's Son
These reviews were the very first ones I wrote. Back in 1987 I began doing free-writing exercises each day as Peter Elbow suggests in his book, "Writing Without Teachers." The exercise consists of writing without stopping for ten minutes on any subject. One day while beginning a writing exercise, I was searching around for something to write about, and I remembered that I had just finished reading a book. CONTENT! The word shouted itself in my mind! Simply write about my reactions to the book I'd just finished. I did. And soon I began to look forward to completing a book so that I would have content for my next free-writing exercise. Recently I located my 1987 free writing journal while painting the library, and there, to my utmost surprise, were 18 reviews from 1987 that had never made it into the original Volume I of "A Reader's Journal." In addition, "A Glastonbury Romance" review was buried the journal as well, and even thought I'd written a review which got incorporated into the bound version of ARJ, this review was worthy to be added to this list on-line.
I have prepared this special page for you, Dear Reader, so that you may sample what a beginning writer's voice sounds like. To the me-now writer, the me-then writer sounds abrupt, unconventional, and fresh. I kinda like that me, and these reviews help me to remember to not take my writing so serious that I lose the sense of fun that attracted me to writing in the first place. I hope you find something to enjoy also, In freedom and light, Bobby.
A Reader's Journal -- Journeys into Understanding
Volume 1 Early 1987, 1988 Reviews
(Not included in Bound Volume)
Author (Last Name, First) Full Title of Book Reviewed Powys, John Cooper A Glastonbury Romance Bohannen, Paul All the Happy Families Conroy, Pat The Prince of Tides Carey, Ken The Starseed Transmissions Strieber, Whitely Communion Welty, Eudora One Writer's Beginnings Austen, Jane Emma Mircea Eliade The Myth of the Eternal Return Mircea Eliade No Souvenirs: notes from a Journal 1957-1969 Mircea Eliade The Forge and the Crucible Blount, Roy, Jr. One Fell Soup -- Or I'm Just a Bug on the Windshield of Life Lankton, Stephen R. Elements and Dimensions of an Ericksonian Approach Carse, James P. Finite and Infinite Games Soseki, Natsume The Three-Cornered World Khan, Hazrat Inayat Spiritual Liberty -- Volume V: A Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty Burnett, Frances Hodgson The Secret Garden Swimme, Brian The Universe Is a Green Dragon Hall, Tom T. The Songwriter's Handbook Stewart, Mary The Crystal Cave White, James Boyd When Words Lose Their Meaning Margenau, Henry The Miracle of Existence
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