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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Reprint edition (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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Okay,I took that title from Gary Snyder's blurb on the back cover, but its apt.The author also refers to it as a kind of survival guide for our troubled times.In it, he blends quotes by everyone from The Buddha to Groucho Marx, Lily Tomlin to Gandhi,Kafka to William Burroughs and William Blake, "crazy" visionaries with wise and humorous perspective and ties them together in a fun and insightful way.This is a new edition of his original Crazy Wisdom which at the time I purchased several copies of and handed out to friends.Therapeutic fun
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Well written, informative and inspiring. I have read other books by Wes Nisker. This one ties things together. I highly recommend it for anyone who is seriously looking for the meaning of life. There are some good suprises here.
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This book is one of the wittiest, yet still serious books for the spiritual pilgrim. It operates on at least two levels. First, the humor is nonstop. Wes Nisker is a master of one liners and small puns. Second, if one reads with a bit more intentionality and stops to make connections with the figures and wisdom traditions represented here, there is some sacred depth to be plumbed as well: laughter IS theology in some circumstances. I highly recommend the book. I first stumbled across this gem many moons ago in its original incarnation. This latest version still meets a high standard.
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Great collection of quotes and summaries of innovative thinkers, ancient and contemporary. Sublime use of four quintessential "Fools". Inspiring yet most importantly, embossed with humor on every page.
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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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