- Publisher: Bantam Books (1993)
- ASIN: B000I35FC2
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,365,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Long Quiet Highway - Waking Up In America Hardcover – 1993
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I found myself mourning just as she described herself to be at the loss of Kitigari Roshi. Somehow, Goldberg had gotten me to be as much in love with Roshi as she, and so the loss was real when she described the events leading up to and then his actual death. But that is exactly what she tries to explain in the Long Quiet Highway, that we have to experience now, and be open to the present fully, unconditionally. The beauty of this book is that it not only explains in mere words the principles she espouses, but it elicits those feelings directly through the very words we are reading.
Easy insight comes also from her teaching experiences. That is not to imply that the lessons learned were easy for Ms. Goldberg, but rather that her word pictures make it easy for the reader to understand and visualize what actually happened, what lights went on with the students, and how she managed to make that happen. I thought that I would perhaps be a bit bored with this, her fourth book for me, but I could not have been more incorrect.
This book has inspired me to go back and re-read some of the Zen texts I've collected. At the same time, it has encouraged me to make time for my own writing practice - no excuses, no postponing, just do it.
I was also sad that the book ended. Then I recognized the sadness and laughed: All things are impermanent. Therefore it is fitting that the story came to an end. However, the lesson which this book embarks upon need not end with the closing of its covers...
Why should one read this book? If one is interested in Zen, read it. If one is interested in New Mexico, read it. If one is interest in writing, read it. If one is interested in the cultural transformation of America, read it. More importantly, if one is interested in life, READ IT.
This little book is big.
Natalie's book, WRITING DOWN THE BONES, is a gift, New Age navel-gazing be damned, no matter what you say. And you've got to hand it to any one who's willing to then show you her flaws, as she does in this book, and how she got to such a place as to write BONES. Like some of those punk guys say, brilliant guitar playing never did anyone any good. It's inspiring to see that we're just as human as a well-edited artist who's been quietly refining herself for years. In this book she shows us years of work and conversations and thoughts it took to write her famous writing books.
You can say she's self-absorbed. Okay, fine. We all are. It's better than women going around feeling guilty and trying to read minds, or men drinking beer and talking about bombing Bin Laden. But this book is a gift that she's showing you all the work that it took to get where she is. Writing/art is a process and don't expect human beings to bang out WAR and PEACE every weekend! You only hurt and separate yourself from the art by making it intimidating and expecting too much. You give up.
I only give the book four stars because it's a sweet read, and I'd say an important part of her collection.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Natalie is a very inspirational writer and always gets the creative juices flowing. I like Writing Down the Bones better. Read morePublished 11 months ago by hm
Always have loved Natalie's writing, especially the story at the front of the book about the Marathon Monks. She had a great teacher, Suzuki Roshi.Published on June 9, 2014 by Who Cares?
The author strips herself naked for her readers, revealing every insecurity and fear she ever held. That's very honorable and humbling. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Simona Rich (blogger)
Not what I expected, but she is an excellent writer. An inspirational look at another's journey . I enjoyed it.Published on October 4, 2013 by K. Wilcox
Goldberg recounts her personal story of "waking up in America" which begins when one of her high school teachers has the class simply listen to the rain. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Joyce
This book is simply wonderful, informative, interesting, well-written, and well worth reading. This is the fourth or fifth time I've read it over the years. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Mizpat
This book reads like an autobiography by the moon on having discovered the Sun. Natalie is a great writer and practices what she preaches (Writing Down the Bones). Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Abhishek
I recommend this book and the other books of the writer because her writing style is insightful, simple and direct. Her writing goes directly to the heart of a writer.Published on May 9, 2013 by JackieA