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Product Details

  • 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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Mathias B. Freese is a writer, teacher, and psychotherapist. His recent collection of essays, "This Mobius Strip of Ifs," was the winner of the National Indie Excellence Book Award of 2012 in general nonfiction and a 2012 Global Ebook Award finalist. His "I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust" was one of three finalists chosen in the 2012 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest out of 424 submissions.

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Format: Paperback
Mathias B. Freese ends with some really heart-touching essays about his family in his collection titled "This Mobius Strip of Ifs. The collection serves to introduce you to the author, teach you some lessons he's learned over the years as a writer, teacher and therapist, and as a movie reviewer. Mathias B. Freese is always thoughtful, questions reality and has interesting remarks to make about many stages in life; he, in fact, offers up his belief that life is somewhat like the Mobius Strip used in his title, circulating round and round and sometimes offering up a bit of magic insight.

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.
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When I first read about this book, I got the impression that it would either be wonderful or terrible. Either the author would be intelligent enough that he could effectively and from solid ground "joust with American culture," or he couldn't and the book would read as a giant whine-fest that lacked credibility. As you can tell by my rating, he clearly has the brains to back this book up.

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.
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Reviewing: This Mobius Strip of Ifs by Mathias Freese.
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).
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