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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (December 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580083463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580083461
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Irreverence, multiple perspectives, absurdity, cosmic unity, accepting circumstances, getting along--Crazy Wisdom, a cult classic on the wild side of philosophy is more than just a romp through titillating ideas. Wes Nisker actually hits on a string of similarities East and West that unites the visions of the poet, philosopher, artist, and guru. This book will take you on an enchanting and mind-expanding journey, liberally seasoned with quotations from Mark Twain, Chuang-tsu, various Zen masters, Albert Camus, Allen Ginsberg, Rumi, and other crazy fools gushing with wisdom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"CRAZY WISDOM is deeply wise . . . wonderfully insightful and delightfully humorous. . . . "a good place to begin . . . its strength lies in its wonderful assemblage of life-changing quotes and stories."-Utne Reader"A dim sum feast of perceptive and amusing morsels. Nisker succeeds in fashioning an original pattern from motley patches of wisdom."-San Francisco Chronicle"The author . . . takes us on a wild and lively ride through Eastern and Western philosophy and spirituality. Along the way, there are plenty of humorous sidebar quotations. . . . Now more than ever, we need this brand of wisdom that opens us to wonder and hospitality."- Spirituality & Health

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By photondan@aol.com on September 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
Our world is plagued by rigid, intolerant religions, dogmatic "truths" and people who take themselves and their ideas too seriously. Then along comes Wes Nisker with his humble little paperback that can hold its own next to The Bible on the bookshelf. This book explores everything that is central to true enlightenment: the ridiculous, the blasphemous, the paradoxal, the rebellious, the foolish. This book embraces all that society rejects, and in doing so, unearths the very missing link to our spiritual evolution. There's no reason to fear. Journey with Wes and his troop of clowns, poets, mystics, thinkers and fools as they explore the philosopies of East and West with a grain of salt the size of a boulder. Along the way he points out that the world's greatest and most revered thinkers, prophets, poets, scientists, artists and activists were all considered "crazy" in their day and viewed as outlaws and criminals by their contemperaries. Partake in this humourous and easy to read exploration of the absurb side of philosophy, and see that the various spiritual and philosophical traditions of the world have more in common than they'd probably like to admit to each other.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cynic observer on June 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Romp with Wes through the world of clowns, jesters and fools while you unearth the paradox that is present in our daily lives. This irreverent look at the world from the mindsets and customs of both the Eastern and Western world will make you laugh and realize that what you you will eat for breakfast is the most important thing in the world. For those who enjoy seeing esoteric views of our world and enjoy humourous examinations of our many follies, pick up your pack and join the archetypes as you travel down the road.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Parkerhear on July 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
To whomever stole the guts from Wes Nisker's original 1990 publication titled, "Crazy Wisdom" could you kindly return them?
With the original version out of print, I bought this one as a gift.
Alas, when this sad imposter arrived, I searched the pages for my favorite chapters and quotes but found that, even the tricksters were missing from this dummed down version. Like Chicken Soup for the Souless. How sad.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1998
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i keep going back and quickly reviewing ... it, especially touched me, because my major in college was philosophy and psychology, western brand. then, later in life, i happened to become acquainted with easturnslants, and that opened my vistas, and, interest in the issues, immeasureabley ! the author, has put a most valuable book on the market ! too, bad, it isn't suggested reading for students of all ages, everywhere ! of course, those who are leftbrained restricted, would probably have no interest , but i feel it's about time we grow, from the tyranny of the left, encompass, the rightbrain, and, thence, onto , wh o, k n o ws, w h ere ! tom mckenna,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. VINE VOICE on March 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was an interesting little book (6 x 7). Whether or not you will enjoy this book depends on what you are looking for. I enjoy deeper wisdom which is more useful than entertaining. While this book was entertaining, I found it to be lacking. It may simply be the comedic style in which it was written, but this was not my cup of tea.

Bohdi Sanders, author of Fireside Meditations
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
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Crazy Wisdom offers an entertaining, easily digested, and concise view of some of the prominant philosophies and religions today. I thouroughly enjoyed it for its simplicity, insightfulness, respect, and comedy. I recommend this book to everybody. Close-minded people need not apply.
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This was a fun romp back into my early years, especially my twenties. It was a turbulent time in society, and I felt strong and heady. I really enjoyed Wes Nisker's descriptions, his "take" on how spirituality went then.
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By Ericka N. Wallace on December 5, 2013
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I have read this book myself so I knew it was an excellent gift for my sister. I would strongly recommend this book.
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