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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

entry arrow12:30 PM | Oprah's Big Duh

A confession: I used to be an Oprah-freak, and I admit I still do love her and her wildly philanthropic ways immensely. (Oprah may the only person in the world who is capable of making serious charity and giving away loads of money extreme entertainment.) Her Book Club -- while not perfect -- has some amazing choices, give or take a few bad titles. (Maya Angelou, anyone?) Last month's choice of The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett was inspired, if only because this was my favorite book when I was in high school. But now, why does she expect any of us to read this dreck from Eckhart Tolle titled A New Earth? Consider this passage from the book:

On our planet, and perhaps simultaneously in many parts of our galaxy and beyond, consciousness is awakening from the dream of form. This does not mean all forms (the world) are going to dissolve, although quite a few almost certainly will. It means consciousness can now begin to create form without losing itself in it. It can remain conscious of itself, even while it creates and experiences form.

What the fuck did that mean? And should we even care? Nevertheless, that leaden and obtuse prose has landed the book a notorious place in One-Minute Book Review's Delete Key Award for Bad Writing.

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