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Taking Off the Mask: Essays Volume I

Taking Off the Mask: Essays Volume I

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The Blog of Innocence was started in 2008 with the motivating desire to write essays and meditations on a broad spectrum of topics that intimately concerned me. The title of “Innocence” is a partial response to Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet. Whereas Pessoa’s writings center on an imaginative cynicism, I sought to create essays that would appeal to just the opposite. The sense I wanted to convey about myself and the world was a simple questioning and naivety toward material reality and experience. I don’t go in for any postmodern tricks here, but rather I seek to return to state where cleverness and sophistication are alien and not very useful to understanding ourselves. I want to experience not knowing, so I can further discover something.

You will see many references to The Blog of Innocence in these essays; this is because the essays were originally posted on my blog. There will be four volumes of essays available as eBooks, each covering a different subject area. This first volume, entitled Taking off the Mask, concerns life and culture. The next volume will be concerned with art. The volume after that will be concerned with technology and the web. And the last volume will be concerned with literature and writing.

My sincerest wish is that you take something from these words of mine. Writing is the closest thing to my heart. It is the way I commune with others, and myself.
The Blog of Innocence was started in 2008 with the motivating desire to write essays and meditations on a broad spectrum of topics that intimately concerned me. The title of “Innocence” is a partial response to Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet. Whereas Pessoa’s writings center on an imaginative cynicism, I sought to create essays that would appeal to just the opposite. The sense I wanted to convey about myself and the world was a simple questioning and naivety toward material reality and experience. I don’t go in for any postmodern tricks here, but rather I seek to return to state where cleverness and sophistication are alien and not very useful to understanding ourselves. I want to experience not knowing, so I can further discover something.

You will see many references to The Blog of Innocence in these essays; this is because the essays were originally posted on my blog. There will be four volumes of essays available as eBooks, each covering a different subject area. This first volume, entitled Taking off the Mask, concerns life and culture. The next volume will be concerned with art. The volume after that will be concerned with technology and the web. And the last volume will be concerned with literature and writing.

My sincerest wish is that you take something from these words of mine. Writing is the closest thing to my heart. It is the way I commune with others, and myself.

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ESSAYS E-BOOK CRA 4/27/10
Taking off the Mask Essays Volume One by Lethe Bashar 
 
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Contents
A Short Introduction 3What is Character? 4The Imaginary Audience 9Escape Artist 13The City 16The Paradox of Dreams 19Loving Her 24The Divided Self 28My Response to a Reader¶s Comments 31 Notes to Myself 34Opening Pandora¶s Box: Assisted Suicide 38Mother of Pearl 41Taking off the Mask 44How I Escaped from Rehab 49Fathers and Sons 54The Pursuit of Happiness 56The Line of Beauty 57Am I too Pessimistic for my Age? 60The Magic Pill, or Self-Destruction 63How Does Pot affect your Mind Exactly? 67With the Passage of Time 71The Undiscovered Self 75
 
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A
Short Introduction
 
The Blog of Innocence was started in 2008 with the motivating desire to write essays andmeditations on a broad spectrum of topics that intimately concerned me. The title o³Innocence´ is a partial response to Fernando Pessoa¶s
 Book of Disquiet 
. WhereasPessoa¶s writings center on an imaginative cynicism, I sought to create essays that wouldappeal to just the opposite. The sense I wanted to convey about myself and the world wasa simple questioning and naivety toward material reality and experience. I don¶t go in for any postmodern tricks here, but rather I seek to return to a state where cleverness andsophistication are alien and not very useful to understanding ourselves. I want toexperience
not knowing 
, so I can further discover something.You will see many references to The Blog of Innocence in these essays; this is because the essays were originally posted on my blog. There will be four volumes of essays available as eBooks, each covering a different subject area. This first volume,entitled
Taking off the Mask 
, concerns life and culture. The next volume will beconcerned with art. The volume after that will be concerned with technology and the web.And the last volume will be concerned with literature and writing.My sincerest wish is that you take something from these words of mine. Writingis the closest thing to my heart. It is the way I commune with others, and myself.
 

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