- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: Wheatmark (February 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604947233
- ISBN-13: 978-1604947236
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,698,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Möbius Strip of Ifs Paperback – February 15, 2012
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One of the things the collection offers is a view into some early literature and movies that could help students of literature and the movie industry understand where the developments occurred. His essays on Buster Keaton, Peter Lorre, Orson Welles, Kazanstakis, La Dolce Vita are inspiring informative homages with details many people might not know, but two other essays bring them together. "Babbling Books and Motion Pictures" provided many helpful suggestions for movies and books that I might like to read, but "Cameras as Rememberances of Things Past" provides a heartfelt look that spans generations in his family of how a camera is used and then how a photograph can come to mean much more than the picture captured.
In the concluding essays about his family life, Mathias B. Freese touches on the topics of children reaching life stages--first class in kindergarten, coming of age, an unusual agin grandparent, a daughter who suffers with Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.Read more ›
Now, I didn't agree with all of his essays, but agreeing isn't the point. Where would the world be if we all only read or listened to things we agreed with? Other times I agreed so strongly that I slapped the book down on the table in the break room at work and cried "Thank you," or laughed at the accuracy of his sometimes extremely entertaining name calling. As I read I often wished Mr. Freese were sitting there next to me so that I could make counter points and discuss his views further. What better kind of non-fiction is there?
This book doesn't have a specific genre. The author discusses everything from generational problems in education, to human nature and living in the moment, to the horrid hypocrisy of book bloggers (and yes, I quite enjoyed that one!) Growing up, I spent many hours in philosophical, scientific and logical conversations about many of the same topics with my father. As an adult, often in conversation with others I will mention a concept, like the purpose and illusion of religion or the horror of a teacher who says "Don't worry about that, it won't be on the test," just to draw confounded stares. I often forget that most people did not spend their childhood philosophizing late into the night, and I feel like many of the ideas in this book will be novel to them.Read more ›
This is a little difficult for me being an old Casino person who is used to speaking it language of: dis dat and da udder and that dirty mudder. I am definitely not a word smith like the other reviewers. So please excuse my language and punctuation.
I will first say that I enjoyed the book and many of his thoughts even though I did not agree with some of them. I totally agree with him that we are a product of our environment whether it is family, school, religion or even our peers. I also agree that we need to break these chains to become free.
This book is about his thoughts on life and also a lot of his life and the stresses that molded him into the man that he is.
I like a lot of his parables like the fly that through its efforts turned milk into cheese. Another one was about our school system which I totally agree and I will only give you the ending lines. "You leave school as a fixture of society, one more 100 watt bulb screwed into a subway ceiling". The truth of the matter is that the school system brainwashes our children into the mindless drones of society which I call Sheeple as does Mathias call "Sheep" in his book. He does look up the Thomas Jefferson and his beliefs which all Americans should. Even if this Socialist in the White House doesn't (my political views). He looks up to Freud and other existential authors. He chronicles many of his experiences in life and the sadness that they have brought to him. He emphasizes that you should know who you are.
I do disagree with him on our religion but not on his feeling on other religions. He also speaks on the movies and the effects on him and his enjoyment and none of the movies are really current (Thank God).Read more ›
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In our younger years, we are lost, with the hope that as we grow older, we'll better understand ourselves, others, and the world as a whole. That's what Mathias B. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Lara Bryn
I panicked a little when I started to read this: it was instantly evident that the writer is very intelligent, well read, extraordinarily articulate and profound (and I confess I... Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Beeshon
First question: What is a Möbius Strip? I knew that the front cover had a picture of one, but I still wasn't exactly sure, so I looked up the definition:... Read more
I was given this book as a review copy. Who is Mathias Freese, and why would I want to read his essays on life? Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Linda Austin
This Mobius Strip of Ifs is not a book for those who do not wish to think a lot while reading.
This is a collection of short essays and memoirs by the author Mathias Freese. Read more
This is an interesting, intense, challenging, thought provoking collection of essays about the life and struggles of the author Mathias Freese. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by John Chancellor
According to the dictionary definition, `The Möbius strip is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Grady Harp
How does one summarize an entire life of more than 60 years? When faced with this ominous task, too many self-published writers produce rambling, episodic narratives that fail to... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Alyce Wilson