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Hating perfection : a subtle search for the best possible world

Author: John F Williams
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Humanity Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The best heaven and the worst hell are the same place. Travel with author John F. Williams into the jungles of Laos and into a new understanding of existence.

In lively short stories, Hating Perfection shows the everyday world as uncanny, equally strange as the imaginary worlds of Borges or Kafka. This engrossing, strikingly original book invites you to experience your life in a new way.

Hating Perfection weaves its stories together with an elegant logic. Our hateful world --painful, unjust, ruthless, fatal --stands revealed as the best of all possible worlds, flooded everywhere by a perfection both alien and addicting. What we want is different from what we get. But the reason why has a divine splendor.

Stand beside the author for a time, and look in the direction he is looking. Your troubles may still be your troubles, but the world will be more than it was.  Read more...

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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John F Williams
ISBN: 9781591027324 1591027322
OCLC Number: 262889649
Description: 359 pages, [3] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Whiskey Lao --
Fair warning --
Randomness at large --
We the addicted --
The best possible world --
The importance of being doomed --
Moral responsibility --
The upper limit to the value of possible worlds.
Responsibility: John Williams.

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The best heaven and the worst hell are the same place. Travel with author John F. Williams into the jungles of Laos and into a new understanding of existence.

In lively short stories, Hating Perfection shows the everyday world as uncanny, equally strange as the imaginary worlds of Borges or Kafka. This engrossing, strikingly original book invites you to experience your life in a new way.

Hating Perfection weaves its stories together with an elegant logic. Our hateful world --painful, unjust, ruthless, fatal --stands revealed as the best of all possible worlds, flooded everywhere by a perfection both alien and addicting. What we want is different from what we get. But the reason why has a divine splendor.

Stand beside the author for a time, and look in the direction he is looking. Your troubles may still be your troubles, but the world will be more than it was.

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