Jules Evans introduces The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience.
“Trying to learn to be a good man is like learning to play tennis against a wall. You are only a good man – a competent, capable, interesting and lovable man – when you're doing it for, or with, other people”
“Many writers dread the idea of writing but force themselves to do it. I’m not like that. Built up over 30-plus years of working at home, the habit of self-discipline means that at the first sign of sleepiness I commit absolutely to a nap. Some days I don’t really feel like sleeping but I lie down and force myself” Geoff Dyer details his writing day at the Guardian.
“She has a thoroughly contemporary style that is all her own. Her clever and funny take on domestic life and Nigerian society is a welcome addition to her country’s burgeoning literary scene. Despite the intense sadness of her subject matter, she has produced a bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit”
The Art of Losing Control – Jules Evans’ new book on ecstatic experiences! The history, use, and philosophy of transcendental experiences (‘unselfing’, as Iris Murdoch called it) from psychedelics, to religion, to near-death experiences: how can ecstasy change the way we think about existence? From the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations.