With another 8 days to go, it’s the 22nd day of Nano Poblano 2017. I’m quite proud of how I’ve handled this year’s (my third year) of daily posting for the month of November. However, that doesn’t mean my idea well is overflowing with ideas! More of that in my last blog post for this month.
So, what’s this about Manson?
Well, if you haven’t heard the news, Charles Manson has left this earthly plane. He was 83 years old when he passed.
While driving to get food for lunch about 2 days ago, my sis and I heard on a local radio station that Marilyn Manson had received hundreds of messages through the citizens of Twitter-verse devastated by his passing.
I’m thinking fans of Marilyn Manson either do not read names well or just scanned the news, saw “Manson” and assumed the worst.
The day after that, yesterday, I did what I usually do when doing an unplanned visit to a bookstore. This consists of debating with self as to why I should not be entering a bookstore, specially when being in this weirdly un-thinking mode. The voice of reason and therefore the voice of “don’t do it” lost.
I strolled in and the first thing my eyes lay their sight on…
That’s 3 Manson’s in the span of about three days.
I am also going to take the opportunity to let you know that I did not buy the book because of the Manson mention.
I may be impulsive at times, I can be silly and a little free when it comes to spending money on books, stationery and art supplies, but not this time! This time I had good reason spending RM79.90 ( the prices of books in Malaysia are so horribly expensive that my heart silently cries and cringes each time I leave a bookstore…new books in tow).
With chapters titled ‘Don’t try’, ‘Happiness is a problem’, ‘You are not special’, ‘The value of suffering’ and more, this book is what it says on its cover. I’ve just read the first few pages (5 pages) and either I’m very late to a new sort of thought paradigm party or this particular Manson is calling out most of the ‘new age gurus/practitioners/authors’. I’m not sure, remember I’m just 5 pages in!
In the first chapter, ‘Don’t try’, he uses the example of Charles Bukowski. A loser. A loser who acknowledged he was a loser (and a drunk) and didn’t pretend he was anything else. A drunk loser who also became a successful writer. In fact, it states that he was a prolific poet, short story writer and novelist. In fact, fact Charles Bukowski has appeared in one of those Who’s Who volumes in the US.
The title of ‘Don’t try’ comes from the inscription in his grave stone.
Also, Manson sort of litters the book with a lot of ‘f*cks’ – the word people, the word.
Just five pages in and I feel like I’ll be enjoying this book. I also feel like a lot of things he writes about is going to sound completely sensible. It will be things we already know, just that we either don’t remember them, haven’t really thought about them or some thing of the sort.
If you really get down to the basics of any ‘self-help’ book, a lot of the things talked about or discussed are ‘common knowledge’.
As a side note, I rarely ever go into a bookstore and come out with just one book. It’s either no books at all or make my wallet/credit card/bank account cry. Yesterday was no different.