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If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways. Paperback – January 2, 2007
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"An originality and a clarity that few would deny." - The New York Times
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Readers of his previous work will enjoy diving right into this dialogue between Daniel Quinn and Elaine, a reader who spent some time with him at his home. It delves into the thought processes that produced Ishmael in the first place. The goal of this book is to assist readers in thinking in clear, original ways about... well... anything. It's not so much the subject matter that is central to this book, but the way into the subject matter, and how that unique path produces conclusions that couldn't have been reached if the usual paths were taken.
This book is not only for readers previously familiar with Quinn. It can serve a lot of purposes. It could be an introduction that will enhance the reading of his other books. It could be an advanced study for someone who has read Ishmael. But also, for anyone, this is a book that teaches critical thinking and comes at it from the unique angle that Quinn always surprises us with.
This one is worth reading and re-reading, and as always with DQ books, sharing with others.
On page 102 Daniel Quinn writes, "Almost nothing exerts a more powerful hold on people's minds than unexamined and unchallenged received wisdom..." Examining and challenging the received wisdom that is passed down from one generation to the next is a big part of what DQ's work is about. And it is something that we all can do. This is a book that we can read and reread to help us examine and challenge the recieved wisdom of this culture. It's fun. Try it sometime.
A few years ago, a friend of mine said that Daniel Quinn should recieve the Nobel Peace Prize. I think my friend was on to something. Like DQ said in ISHMAEL, every prison needs a prison industry and our cultural prison's industry is: Consuming life on this planet. Well, DQ has showed us the cracks in this cultural prison's walls with his books. LINED PAPER is another one that may help us escape before we go extinct.
Quinn's interviewer in this book, Elaine, struggles to keep up with him as he leads her through his line of questioning. It was probably a very educational experience for her, but at times reading the transcript borders on tedium. Even Quinn seems to get frustrated a few times. There's a lot of redundancy as they often restate each other's questions and answers. The book never really goes anywhere. I didn't get much out of it.
At times humbling, other times empowering, If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways never fails to impart a big change in our thinking process. We become part of the solution as soon as our thoughts are steered in a constructive way.
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Thoughtful read. A great companion to other Quinn books.Published on July 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed "Ishmael", "My Ishmael" and "The Story of B". But I found this more difficult reading. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Anna E.
Thought provoking, although not quite on a par with the other books of his that I've read, still very worth the read.Published on May 19, 2013 by fran
Thought provoking and brilliant as always.. An absolute must for those who wish to see the world from an alien anthropologists perception.Published on March 1, 2013 by JSB
The audio of this book was horrible! It was read like a play..."daniel: his line. "Elaine: then her line.
Really bad to follow. Read more
Another great book from D. Quinn. Learn a great deal from his writings and about what it takes to make a difference, a real difference. Perfect for our troubled times. Read morePublished on February 14, 2008 by M. J.
Morris has just produced The Naked Man, a companion book to The Naked Woman, which appeared in 2004, and the latest in an evolutionary line stretching back to his career-defining,... Read morePublished on January 15, 2008 by Gerardo Martinez Casas
I think this was my 6th or 7th Daniel Quinn book and I found it to be very helpful, entertaining, and enlightening. Read morePublished on January 1, 2008 by SubversiveMama