A lively and intensely readable story of one man’s use of a variety of spiritual practices to reveal the nature of reality.

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IS GOD IN THAT BOTTLE CAP?

A SEARCH FOR TRUTH

A debut spiritual book examines a lifelong practice of meditation and the winding road to enlightenment.

Sambalino centers his highly detailed and intensely personal account on his longtime exploration of the world of Eastern meditation in search of answers to questions he’d been asking from a very young age: “Was I really this person trapped in a small body, just waiting to grow old and die?” In 36 fast-paced and very engaging chapters, the author takes readers from his boyhood in New York and New Jersey during the 1950s to his years studying engineering at North Carolina State University, where he read a book on karate and discovered the broader world of Eastern philosophy. He then started pursuing an informal study of Zen Buddhism and the concept of enlightenment. The narrative moves on to his law school years at the University of Florida, where he met his future wife, Niki, and first encountered transcendental meditation. At first he found the technique something of a chore until he began to learn its finer points. His studies in meditation broadened to include yogic breathing practices and further dimensions of transcendence. He bounced from one master to another, always delving into new applications for his knowledge, often journeying to far-off places like Egypt and the Himalayas. Most of these applications are inward and personal, although some take the form of startling real-world anecdotes, as when Sambalino used intense meditation techniques to help him cope with the pain of a rattlesnake bite. The latter portions of the book incorporate the author’s spiritual readings as well, and the resulting narrative is both an accessible overview of various enlightenment practices and an invitingly personal search for the meaning of life. Sambalino advises his readers: “Don’t concern yourself with when you’re going to get there; just enjoy the path.” Those readers should certainly enjoy this absorbing book.

A lively and intensely readable story of one man’s use of a variety of spiritual practices to reveal the nature of reality.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-73265-781-6

Page Count: 284

Publisher: Vanishing Circle Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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