December 25, 2017

Making definitive statements about oneself can be both an effective and defective activity.

We all known the brain adapts to statements. It’s the idea behind positive thinking, mantra meditation, and daily affirmations. The more you say something, the more you become it...

December 13, 2017

http://www.identitytheory.com/interview-ross-simonini-book-formation/

In what way do you think literature has the ability to change the way people live their lives?

Literature directly shapes the meaning of the language in our minds and culture. We are all affected by it...

December 9, 2017

https://www.mhpbooks.com/how-the-book-of-formation-was-formed/

I wrote the first draft of The Book of Formation just after waking. It’s a technique I learned through meditation and lucid dreaming, and one I’ve found useful. The idea is that the proximity to the unconsci...

November 29, 2017

Listen: http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2017/11/book_notes_ross.html

Prologue:

"Prologue"
Klein

The below playlist follows the chronology of The Book of Formation, which take place at 8 moments over 20 years. Each song corresponds to a chapter and the time of...

November 25, 2017

The Believer’s longtime interviews editor spoke to us about how oral literature and cultish motivational speakers informed his debut novel The Book of Formation.

Because we live within a culture of celebrity, many humans, at least American humans, are wired to seek out...

November 25, 2017

The Book of Formation by Ross Simonini comes out today! It’s a debut novel, told in a series of eight interviews, centering on a cult-like self-help “movement” in the 1990s and the child who becomes a guinea pig for its radical ideas. You will love this book. We asked...

November 13, 2017

Black Elk Speaks, John Neihardt

Before writing, there is speech. When words are just sound, the highest artistic achievement of language is music. Then Gilgamesh gets carved into tablets and our words becomes visual art. These symbols are not dependent upon the way a la...

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