Adult Nonfiction PE1479.A88 G63 2007
Summary: Twenty years ago Natalie Goldberg's classic,Writing Down the Bones, brokenew ground in its approach to writing as a practice. Now,Old Friend from FarAway-- her first book sinceWriting Down the Bonesto focus solely onwriting -- reaffirms Goldberg's status as a foremost teacher of writing, andcompletely transforms the practice of writing memoir. To write memoir, we must first know how to remember. Through timed, associative,and meditative exercises,Old Friend from Far Awayguides you to theattentive state of thought in which you discover and open forgotten doors ofmemory. At once a beautifully written celebration of the memoir form, aninnovative course full of practical teachings, and a deeply affecting meditationon consciousness, love, life, and death,Old Friendwelcomes aspiringwriters of all levels and encourages them to find their unique voice to telltheir stories. Goldberg's enormously popular workshops have given countless students the abilityto heed the call to write.Old Friend from Far Awayrecreates her trademarkworkshop style with its terse, demanding writing "sprints" that train the hand andmind to quicken their pace and give up conscious control. These exercises divertthe eye from the obvious and redirect it to the tactile details we miss, theembarrassments we pass over, and the complications we overlook in the blur ofeveryday living. Goldberg writes, "No one says it, but writing induces the stateof love."Old Friend from Far Awayguides us into that state of love, whereheightened attention and a rhythm of focus allow the patterns and details of thepast to emerge on the page. Millions of Americans want to write about their lives. WithOld Friendasthe road map for getting started and following through, writers and readers willgain a deeper understanding of their own minds, learn to connect with theirsenses in order to find the detail and truth that give their written words powerand authenticity, and unfold the natural structure of the stories they carrywithin. An absolute joy to read, it is a profound affirmation of the capacity ofthe written word to remember the past, free us from it, and forever transform theway we think about ourselves and our lives. LikeWriting Down the Bones,it will become an old friend to which readers return again and again.
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