The Agony of Being
Connected to Everything
in the Universe [what?]
by Andrew Boyd [who?]
jan '02 w.w.norton
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT
"A metaphysical David Sedaris."
"It's like Dave Barry swallowed Deepak Chopra, but
"I just got the book this weekend and read it from
front to back in a feverish 4 am session. Brother Void somehow combines
the ideas of Nietzsche, Buddha, Camus, Gandhi and Lenny Bruce into a paradoxically
coherent worldview that sums up everything I feel and think about politics,
sex, drugs, love and hope. Daily Afflictions is often angry,
morbid, and bleak - and it is the most inspirational thing I have read
"Brother Boyd puts the odd back in God."
"Paradoxically encourages not only awareness, but also
curiosity, humor, fearlessness, and responsible action."
"If this catches on, it could put the Catholics out of business."
"Manages to skewer the increasingly vapid daily-meditations
form and impart some damned helpful (and grown up) wisdom."
"Steely words of wisdom."
"Delighfully lean and smart send-up....Great common
"A wicked-wise...oddly bracing (and timely) spiritual-philosophical
"A surprisingly bracing assortment of existential notions...you'll
find some genuine eternal wisdom here."
"Underneath the dark humor, Boyd offers inspiration
"Smart, modern, self-mocking and deeply meaningful."
"A master satirist...One of the most worthwhile and
committed humorists working in America today."
"Angel foodcake accidentally baked with pure human
"Eminently quotable...Reconfigures the tired nostrums
of the New Age to fit the needs of our half-empty times."
"Manages to hit the hard truths about life."
"I loved Daily Afflictions... its wisdom and humor....It
truly touches so many issues that I deal with as I counsel people confronting
their mortality....Who is Andrew Boyd, and where is he being treated?"
"An Alan Watts for people who live their lives inside quotation
marks, Brother Boyd teaches us to work through our irony, turning irony
about irony into sincerity, even profundity. And I mean that from the
bottom of my heart."
"Daily Afflictions is a strange and amazing work. Do not
be fooled by its size. It is gravely amusing and glitteringly serious;
you could not ask for a better navigator than Andrew Boyd through this
world of beauty and sadness."
"Spiritual wisdom with brains and a backbone, and a funny-bone
"Forget Chicken Soup for the Soul; Daily Afflictions is
ammonium nitrate for the soul, calculated to reduce your most comforting
self-delusions to scattered atoms."
"If there was ever a book for the times that could also
survive the times, it is Daily Afflictions."
"His psalms ring frighteningly and hilariously true."