Read Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America by Natalie Goldberg Free Online
Book Title: Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America|
The author of the book: Natalie Goldberg
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 384 KB
Edition: Open Road Media
Date of issue: July 26th 2011
ISBN: No data
ISBN 13: No data
Read full description of the books Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America:Goldberg's writing is always fresh and vivid and full of energy, in a way that draws the reader forward, even when, as I found in this case, the subject itself wasn't that interesting or comprehensible. The overall narrative is the story of Goldberg's childhood, and how she came to Zen and writing and found her teacher. I read to gain some insight into people whose lives I can't imagine, but Goldberg's attachment to her teacher was profoundly alien to me. I just couldn't understand it.
"The real essence of a haiku is the poet's awakening, and the haiku gives you a small taste of that, like a ripe red berry on the tip of your tongue. Your mind actually experiences a marvelous leap when you hear a haiku, and in the space of that leap you feel awe . . . The poet transmits her awakening" (35).
I was interested in the way the land of Taos and Taos Mountain provided her with a groundedness, a rootedness, at the same time she was learning about impermanence in Zen. That paradox struck me.
"Each time we sit down to write we have to be willing to die, to let go and enter something bigger than ourselves. Wild mind includes writing with our whole body, our arms, heart, legs, shoulders, and belly. This kind of writing is athletic and alive" (93)."
"Some people write for fifteen years with no success and then decide to quit. If you want writing, write under all circumstances. Success will or will not come, in this lifetime or the next. Success is none of our business. It comes from outside. our job is to write, to not look up from our notebook and wonder how much money Norman Mailer earns" (105).
"'There was an old Zen master who lived in a monastery in the mountains. He was taking an afternoon nap. When he woke up, his old disciple, who had been with him for many years, walked in, placed a tray by the bed, and sat down.
"'The old roshi looked up. "Oh, hello," he said sleepily. "Let me tell you a dream I just had."
"'The monk disciple said, "Tell it to me later. Here, have a cup of tea."
"That was the end of the story. That was Zen magic. That was the Buddha dharma, which meant the essential truth of existence. No dreams. A cup of tea. There was a long silence. Zen stories were like that. They went no place"(128).
Read information about the authorNatalie Goldberg lived in Brooklyn until she was six, when her family moved out to Farmingdale, Long Island, where her father owned the bar the Aero Tavern. From a young age, Goldberg was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe , which she read in ninth grade. She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was twenty-four years old. She received a BA in English literature from George Washington University and an MA in humanities from St. John's University.
Goldberg has painted for as long as she has written, and her paintings can be seen in Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World and Top of My Lungs: Poems and Paintings. They can also be viewed at the Ernesto Mayans Gallery on Canyon Road in Sante Fe.
A dedicated teacher, Goldberg has taught writing and literature for the last thirty-five years. She also leads national workshops and retreats, and her schedule can be accessed via her website: nataliegoldberg.com
In 2006, she completed with the filmmaker Mary Feidt a one-hour documentary, Tangled Up in Bob, about Bob Dylan's childhood on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota. The film can be obtained on Amazon or the website tangledupinbob.com.
Goldberg has been a serious Zen practitioner since 1974 and studied with Katagiri Roshi from 1978 to 1984.
Add a comment to Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America
Read EBOOK Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America by Natalie Goldberg Online free