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Eccentricity Paperback – February 29, 2012
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About the Author
I'm one of those people that never seems to grow up, never like alcohol or coffee, never watch the news, never go to bars or whatever it is grown-ups do, and yet I am a senior citizen, dresser full of pills, leaning on my cane, already retired and living on social security. I’m a social autistic, a layabout with Panic/Anxiety Disorder, and a hard-wired optimist with clinical depression. I am oversensitive to stimuli but overdose on it willingly, my synesthesia enhancing it all the more. I'm a reclusive and fragile, but I'll jump off a cliff if I feel there's something important to learn from it. I live a strange, charmed life pocked with small wonders and bursts of impossibility achieved. I'm a professional artist despite my best efforts to be a professional writer. I have a collection of marbles that I maintain are all facsimiles of other universes and once grew tomatoes out of the trunk of my car. Because my mind is a... special case, I felt compelled, nay, duty-bound, to fill the void between the outside world and the various states of mental aberration that I hold. There are times I’ve felt I was made for this sole purpose, and for the longest time I feared dying with it unfinished. Now I fear it no longer.
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Knipping includes her own amazing artwork in the book, adding another dimension of clarity to a story which must have been almost impossible to explain in words alone. She has also included updates between the time the book was started and now, refining and clarifying her previous work with the benefit of the passing of almost a decade.
"Eccentricity" is valuable to everyone who is interested in a point of view and a set of experiences which they never would have imagined existed. I am glad Anie took on the job of documenting "The Life and Times of Anie Knipping", and I congratulate her on surviving and thriving to the point where she could do so.
Carmen Sandiego turned out to be a good role model/alter-ego! ;)
The first part of this book is about the author working through some really difficult problems, using her art and her unique way of seeing things.
The art is absolutely amazing and relates so well to the emotions she goes through.
As the book goes on it becomes more descriptive helping you understand how she sees things.
The description of Synesthesia (blending of the senses) is really clear and very interesting.
Great read! Definitely pick up a copy for yourself :)
Anie Knipping is nearly mythological. A self-constructed, inward-gazing creature who cannot tell a lie--she's an unlikely pop star, unconcerned with the trends of mainstream culture, but a pop star, nonetheless. Her powerhouse book, ECCENTRICITY, is a travelogue of the brain, combined with the warm heart, and ardent spirit of a human who would be machine, for no other reason than, it seems, an odd neuro-destiny and an automaton's purity of precision.
As you journey through stunning, electrically-visual landscapes limned brilliantly by the artist, absorb both quasi- and hyper-real dream states of, at times, nearly Kirlian photography, and read her journal entries constructed like a psychedelic explorer's field notes on the brain's road to liberation, you begin to witness an inner world where gender, species, demographics, are transcended. Stereotypes and limitations are rapidly jettisoned as space junk for the dimensionally-challenged. What is it like to actually live in the shifting ether of one's true interior self, rather than subsist to be culturally molded from the dull clay of external reality? Artistic/autistic--one letter alters the reality, you decide, but please don't put a leash on these galaxies; Anie is far too complex for binary definitions; she navigates the cosmos of her own consciousnesses, exploring multiple identities which manifest as avatars, cartoon gurus, and guideposts, transfiguring juggernauts in her exploration of an inner universality. A shape-shifting survivor and natural pattern-finder she pulls four-leaf clovers from her many hats--and, Anie could very well be the luckiest entity alive. Although, she's experienced and lived to tell of Stygian hells and Elysian exultations, she functions like a whirlwind. Read all about it!
Yes, read ECCENTRICITY like it's the last book on earth. Anyone interested in the art and science of creativity, synaesthesia, sensory hyperacusis, autism, and the confessions of the most lucid eccentric you'll likely discover will treasure this book. And, do tell everyone you know! Anie Knipping is a legend waiting to happen. Read this incredible tour de force and give her the wings the world deserves.
a few points:
The chapters are not hard to read or understand
A great book for anyone who is interested in Sociology or Psych
The book is 325 pages long but it doesn't feel like it.
from the beginning you feel like your on a journey with the author.