- Use promo code PRIMEBOOKS18 to save $5.00 when you spend $20.00 or more on Books offered by Amazon.com. Enter code PRIMEBOOKS18 at checkout. Here's how (restrictions apply)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Starting Gate: A Cocktail of Working, Drinking, Family, and Zen Paperback – May 16, 2016
See the Best Books of 2018 So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year so far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Special offers and product promotions
About the Author
Paul Mullin is a playwright, screenwriter, poet, and teacher, recognized by Seattle's The Stranger as a “Theater Genius”. His plays have been produced across the U.S., exploring subjects ranging from personal nuclear catastrophe to the uncelebrated underbelly of American History. He lives with his wife and two sons in Seattle. Go to www.paulmulllin.org to learn more about Paul Mullin’s works and ideas.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle Edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This book is weird only because it defies categorization. It's a memoir, an introduction to Zen Buddism, a guide to the proper way to drink in bars and a collection of essays on work, creativity, growing up, being human and living life.
I was just going to say that I have never read a book like this and I would not be surprised if Mullin has invented a new genre. Then I remembered that most singular of books, Thoreau's Walden. To me, The Starting Gate is like Walden, full of beauty and wisdom and descriptions of personal experiences but, for me, this book is much better because it makes sense to me as a real person living in the 21st Century. I just referenced Mullin's take on the role of work in life, one of the book's major themes, in conversation with my wife who is contemplating a career change. I don't highlight stuff in books, ever, but I highlighted all over this baby.
I can't wait to read the next one.
I think if you are lucky as a reader you can ride along and have something close to that same experience.