A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces

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Hungry Mind Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 287 pages
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...[U]npredictable in the way that only the best nonfiction can be....I found myself thinking of the "Bhagavad-Gita,.".What struck me was the idea of non-attachment....Weschler writes, One works and works at something, which then happens of its own accord....its happening cannot be said to have resulted from all that work, the way effects are said to result from a series of causes."-M.G. Lord, "The New York Times Book Review"

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A few months ago, a friend I was talking with began to tell me about a friend of his named Gary Isaacs, who was working at the downtown headquarters of one of the city's top investment houses as an executive in the division monitoring the savings-and-loan crisis. Though Isaacs was just thirty-two years old, my friend recounted, he had previously worked on the Street in several other capacities as well, and before that he'd had a notably successful career in an entirely different field; what's more, it seemed he was about to quit this one, too, and to head off in yet another direction. When I asked my friend what the previous career had been, and, for that matter, what the new one was going to be, he replied that it would be far more entertaining for me to hear the whole story from the man himself, which is how, a few days later, I came to find myself in the sleek elevator of one of downtown's better-known headquarters zooming up towards I didn't have the faintest idea what.

"Mr. Weschler has an extraordinary power to catch the crucial moment in people's lives--that moment (of passion or conviction) which suddenly alters the course of a life. Such 'conversions' may be absurd or tragic, or delightful, or sublime--we see all of these, and more, inthese sometimes very odd, but intensely human, and beautifully told tales." -Oliver Sacks

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The New Yorker writer from the 1980s and '90s reprints several of his profiles of the unlikeliest of cultural heroes. A gripping read about real folks doing good things. Read full review

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If you geek out with the New Yorker, this is exactly what you want in a book of non fiction essays. Charming and charmingly told stories of stranger than fiction real life. Read full review

Contents

Arts Father Vladeks Son
63
Millers Gambit
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Jensens ShangriLa
167
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About the author (1998)

Lawrence Weschler's many books include "Mr. Wilson's CabinetLawrence Weschler's many books include "Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Vermeer in Bosnia, " and "Everything That Rises: of Wonder, Vermeer in Bosnia, " and "Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, " which won the 2007 National Book A Book of Convergences, " which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

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