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The Outsider
The Outsider
by Colin Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tools for personal and social development, 29 Oct 2008
This review is from: The Outsider (Paperback)
Abraham Maslow, in a letter to Wilson, suggested that he stopped studying ill people and instead focused on healthy people, which lead him to the discovery of `Peak-experiences' (page 303). Since Wilson saw right to mention this letter in his postscript to the 2001 edition we could consider this book as a positive outlook at modern society and not as a judgement for the decline of our civilisation.
While Wilson describes the downsides of our society (namely, people are lying about their emotions) the character `Outsider' gives us tools for personal and social development. By living authentically the Outsider learns to observe deeply and recover his emotions. But there is more to it. According to Wilson there is a hidden part within all people which can be brought forth by language. Language is explained a natural medium for self-analysis and social development.
At the age of 24 author Wilson Colin wrote this book. A remarkable achievement.


Conversations with God, Book 1: An Uncommon Dialogue
Conversations with God, Book 1: An Uncommon Dialogue
by Neale Donald Walsch
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tools for being creative - Neale Donald Walsch 'Conversations with God' Book 1, 23 Aug 2008
Powerful message and insight into the role of human beings and how we can improve our creative potential in daily life. The author argues to have received the messages in this book through so-called 'automatic writing' experiment. 'Automatic writing' is well known method for clearing the mind from daily distractions and allowing it to 'open up' to empowering ideas (See Surrealism as well as the poet WB Yeats).

The book is an experiment: If you get powerful feelings while reading it, then it works for you. Many people evidence it worked for them. I agree.


The romantic imagination (Oxford paperbacks)
The romantic imagination (Oxford paperbacks)
by Cecil Maurice Bowra
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the power of imagination, 17 Aug 2008
One of the most important books to clear a prevailing mistake about the English Romantics poets. The author shows that the poets were not indulged in imaginary state removed from this world, but rather saw imagination as a tool to `open up' perception to the spiritual in this world (not in `other' worlds). The Romantics applied imagination as an effective tool as much as the intellect is. Delightful work by author Maurice Bowra. (This review refers to Oxford edition, 1976.)


Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first Century
Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first Century
by Marina Warner
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The inner self through history, 17 Aug 2008
This book deals with projections of subconscious memories, and discusses the inner reality of the self as an imaginary state, situated under historical and technological influences.
However, the book exemplifies phantasms so well within wide range of 'scientific' endeavours and authentic artistic activities (see pages 115-118) that I am left convinced that the spirit is not illusory but does exist or at least hold a valid reality. By showing so well the existence of the illusory state of the spirit, I am left feeling that it is not illusionary at all. This is fascinating. A remarkable achievement and intriguing work, by author Marina Warner.
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Talking Art: Interviews with Artists Since 1976
Talking Art: Interviews with Artists Since 1976
by Iwona Blazwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.61

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The creative force in artists, 17 Aug 2008
The interviews in this collection reveal the individual character behind the facade of the artists, and acknowledge the way that personal background and social stance affect the art works. The interviews are arranged chronologically from 1976, presenting the scope of the artistic development through the years.
Each interview acts as a personal biographical story, and reading through the book the reader can observe a thread going through the interviews - a sense of a gap or incompleteness that artists describe. It seems that this sense urges the artists to fill it by exploring realms of unknown creative feelings that reside within them. This book is an overflow of emotions, told through the historical and social events of the times in which the artists worked.


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