Go Deep & Take Plenty of Root – “Basement Zen”

November 26, 2013

Go DeepGo Deep & Take Plenty of Root

by Erik Fraser Storlie, $10.78

One of my favorite books is Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss because it gives human experience upon which to build belief. This does that and more. It makes you examine your relationship with your parents and children and your understanding of what challenges make us who we are.

I loved the early childhood impressions Eric Fraser Storlie had, the high school and college periods of awkwardness, booze, talking, term papers, teachers and sex. We all, somehow, got through it. But the best thing about Go Deep & Take Plenty of Root is its coming full circle. Becoming a parent who disappoints, dealing with loss (death/divorce), even questioning why a belief system works that does work:

All were attachment. We sought non-attachment. Yet a terrible lack of attachment—to a mother, to a family, to a home—had hurt my father, had hurt me. Neglecting to pull attention back to the breath, I wondered: Was the very rejection of emotion and feeling in en part of its attraction for a man whose heart had filled with ice.

I have long admired James Wright (“Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota,”) and here he is close up. But this is a big book with details and scenes you will feel that you have, not only read, but have lived through. They will last long after you have finished the book. Wow!





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