by In Trieste
Every week we interview one of our writers on what books have changed their lives. Today is Gary Brackett‘s turn- an actor, yogi, founder of Living Theatre Europa and Perform, a mind-body centre in Trieste where he teaches yoga and Chi-running.
The book I am currently reading
Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford. An exhaustive and at times exhausting biographical study of genius: for musical experts and amateurs alike. Does genius need always suffer? Read it and weep!
The book that changed my life
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. I was a freshman in college, full of hope and angst when I read, “A specter is haunting Europe…” It opened my eyes to critical thinking and I became a Political Science major.
The book I wish I’d written
Fall or Dodge in Hell by Neal Town Stephenson. Elon Musk says it’s a billion in one chance that we are not living in a computer simulation. This novel makes it a real and provocative argument and truly sad if it comes to pass. Technologically visionary!
The book that had the greatest influence on me
The Diaries of Judith Malina. Judith (co-founder of The Living Theatre): my mentor, collaborator and friend. I read her diaries and ran away to work in her theater for thirty years!
The book I couldn’t finish
Finnegans Wake by James Joyce. Just bloody impossible…yuk!
The book I give as a gift
The Magic Ten and Beyond: Daily Spiritual Practice for Greater Peace and Well-Being by Sharon Gannon. Again, a mentor and friend, Sharon is the co-founder of the largest yoga school in New York, Jivamukti. Kick start and/or deepen your yoga practice: a practical manual yet rooted in esoteric ancient yogic traditions.
We like sexy and this book fulfills its title’s promise! A book of guided exercises – challenging, heart opening with even some practical sex techniques to boot! Mindfulness meets self-induced mysticism. Be here now, dammit!