Customer Review

58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Cocktail Party Opinion, January 8, 2009
This review is from: Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On (Hardcover)
Stuck is a book of personal opinions. People who are opinionated are either interesting or a bore. Anneli Rufus's opinions (and I say opinions as actual factual data in this book is scarce) just barely hang on the side of interesting. Most of the time, however, I felt like I was trapped in the corner at a cocktail party by someone who was shooting unfounded, but intelligent sounding, opinions from the hip and would not pause long enough to let me move politely to the onion dip. An example of this cocktail party banter is no more obvious then where Rufus, in a rant against what she perceives as a 1960's Zen haze that has lastingly stuck our generation selfishly in the "present moment", entangles Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk nominated by Martin Luther King for a Nobel Peace Prize. She flippantly calls Mr. Hanh a "mindfulness broker." With apparently little to no understanding of the core of his message, Rufus goes onto state that monks and babies can afford to live stuck in the present moment as they are specially taken care of . She apparently concludes that the teaching of mindfulness has no basis in a real world where adults must remain unstuck and prepare and plan for long term goals. Please breath so that I can move out of the corner and refill my drink.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Aug 18, 2011 8:34:55 PM PDT
A. Watkins says:
Agreed.

I also felt like a victim of an overtalker at a cocktail party -- except that occasionally, I would find myself interested in what she had to say, or outraged, or wanting to correct her, and that was where I felt the real weaknesses of the book. She didn't carry her ideas through to logical or startling or insighful conclusions; as you say, she spent a lot of time "shooting unfounded, but intelligent sounding, opinions from the hip." If she'd had one of the excellent editors I've had in my academic writing career, brief as it's been, she would have been MADE to substantiate her claims and explain herself in ways that would have revealed her assumptions and forced her to examine them more carefully and explicitly.

I felt she might have been more interested in making ideas sound poetic or urgent or obvious or stylish than in making ideas. And that bugs me and makes me want to leave the corner for something with more substance -- like the onion dip.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 3:37:08 AM PDT
It is a good topic and she is a skilled writer. My vote would be for her to take a second shot at a new book called "Unstuck: finding release by bringing substance and meaning into your life." I will download it this afternoon.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

2.7 out of 5 stars (30 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (7)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (7)
1 star:
 (10)
 
 
 
$23.95 $17.82
Add to cart Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Hartford, CT

Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,067,506