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Ed O’Brien on Jay Griffiths’ book ‘Wild’

Ed O’Brien just posted on Dead Air Space, plugging a book by Jay Griffiths. The book, entitled ‘Wilout for several years now. You might know Jay Griffiths from her contribution to Radiohead’s newspaper ‘The Universal Sigh’.

I want to spread the word about a book that I read almost exactly a year ago, which I think some of you will adore/recognise/need. It’s a book called ‘Wild’ and it’s written by Jay Griffiths and it is an astonishing piece of writing and it was exactly what I needed to read….
I was not in the greatest of places .. I was feeling low, getting increasingly disturbed and frustrated by the state of pretty much everything in the 21st century, which, can be simply summarised as the inability of the vast majority of our business and political leaders to truly look after the welfare of the vast majority of this planet’s citizens and the earth that we all live on….Nothing new then?! …..Well… this book was truly medicinal and like all great music, it helped to lift me up and pull me out of this low level depression… Reading it, felt like one of those amazing moments in life where one feels an overwhelming sense of relief and amazement that someone could actually be writing about the very things that seemed to be affecting oneself ….. It makes you feel less alone….And it does this in such a beautiful, passionate and raw way ….
If you got a copy of ‘The Universal Sigh’, you will notice that Jay Griffiths contributed a piece to it …. I don’t normally recommend books on DAS, but seeing as I’ve given away probably 20 or so copies of it to friends and family, I thought some of you should know about this … Good luck …

Ed

46 Comments

  • Ed.
    If you’re ever depressed; you know where I am.
    Same goes for the rest of you.

  • I pretty much want to read everything that has in any way influenced Radiohead so um…off to Amazon I go.

  • nice DAS ed ‘
    and yes man . . . next time call brother . you have another friend here .

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut

    and i am sure the list is endlessly . remember that next time as well .

  • i can’t read.

  • list for Ed for next time .

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]

  • i am on as well

  • list for Ed for next time .

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on

  • 1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ

  • Ed’s available friends for depression and low moments :

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side

    and counting . . .

  • 1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side
    7- pntrs

    why life is worth living…

  • This post by Ed relates to that picture of him standing near a sign post looking rather down about something. I can’t imagine Ed ever feeling depressed about anything but obviously he is/was.

  • i was already there as lepantrut . no cheating

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side

  • Ed on Jay Griffith’s book “Wild”.

    That’s nice, because Ed isn’t on TKOL.

  • Wow, Foetus, you were there in the recording studio? That’s cool.

  • No, I was never in the recording studio. Ed has been living in my bed for the past three years.

  • K on the list?

  • 1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side
    7- K

  • Ordered my copy of the book, had a little preview read on Amazon, sounds incredible.

    And I really like TKOL :/

  • Ed, It’s called the Holy Bible…

  • I thought we were trying to make Ed not depressed.

  • Cww is ther awswell ED

  • Thanks for posting this, and Ed’s recommendation. Will check it out.

    This is some part of editorial review from Amazon —

    *** Griffiths’s central thesis—that by developing and destroying our last wildernesses we are impoverishing our lives—is not an original one, but she brings fierce conviction and impressive scholarship to her work. Although Griffiths has great erudition and a real sensitivity to language, her ultraromantic perspective, in which civilization is always bad and nature always idyllic, lacks nuance. For someone so inspired by nature, Griffiths doesn’t allow her observations to speak for themselves; instead, every event becomes another opportunity to condemn modern man ***

    I’ll have to read it to see it.

  • 1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side
    7- K
    8- SurfSoul66

    The list keeps growing with Love

  • & me

  • list for Ed :

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side
    7- K
    8- SurfSoul66
    9- askival

  • Haha…. these are the most loving pleasant posts I’ve seen so far, on atease. :D

  • atease is changing . the revolution of love is here . we are love .

    ps : lifeistao should you be add it to the list ?

  • list for Ed :
    @ love@atease,

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side
    7- K
    8- SurfSoul66
    9- askival
    10. lifeistao

    Done! :D

  • There are too many people in this world that want Love.
    Lets keep it going. ALL of you are beautiful and wonderful.
    I am so glad that I get to share my life with all of you.

    Radiohead makes me very happy and to see them go would truly hurt me. I have had so many days and moments filled with joy because a Radiohead song has filled the room with Love.

    And I think that’s what ALL of you do. You fill my existence with moments of happiness and joy. Thank you Radiohead fans for building a wonderful existence for me.

    Thank you Atease for your website and ALL the wonderful fans you bring to it. I Love you Atease and the pleasant website you give us.

  • list for Ed :
    @ love@atease

    it s getting bigger :

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side
    7- K
    8- SurfSoul66
    9- askival
    10- lifeistao
    11- Done is NEVER Complete [ up for love ]

  • Radiohead + fans + love = Priceless

    For everything else, there’s MasterCard/Visa/American Express………

    @ Done is NEVER Complete

    your words are priceless!

  • Bin Laden is Dead!!! America fuck yea!

  • The Tao Te Ching
    by Lao Tsu
    81 Chapters

    Chapter 30

    Whenever you advise a ruler in the way of tao,
    Counsel him not to use force to conquer the universe.
    For this would only cause resistance.
    Thorn bushes spring up wherever the army has passed.
    Lean years follow the wake of a great war.
    Just do what needs to be done.
    Never take advantage of power.

    Achieve results,
    But never glory in them.
    Achieve results,
    But never boast.
    Achieve results,
    But never be proud.
    Achieve results,
    Because this is the natural way.
    Achieve results,
    But not through violence.

    Force is followed by loss of strength.
    This is not the way of Tao.
    That which goes against the Tao
    comes to an early end.

    Chapter 31

    Good weapons are instruments of fear; all creatures hate them.
    Therefore followers of Tao never use them.
    The wise man prefers the left.
    The man of war prefers the right.

    Weapons are instruments of fear; they are not a wise man’s tools.
    He uses them only when he has no choice.
    Peace and quiet are dear to his heart,
    and victory no cause for rejoicing.
    If you rejoice in victory, then you delight in killing;
    If you delight in killing, you cannot fulfill yourself.

    On happy occasions precedence is given to the left,
    On sad occasions to the right.
    In the army the general stands on the left,
    The commander-in-chief on the right.
    This means that war is conducted like a funeral.
    When many people are being killed,
    They should be mourned in heartfelt sorrow.
    That is why a victory must be observed like a funeral.

  • @lifeistao :

    well done . enough words .

  • We need a giant love supercollider so we can be smashed into a giant gob of lovely goo.

  • Whatever.

  • If you breath you are stealing the oxygen from others
    If you are happy then you dont understand the woes of the world
    If some motherfucker blew up the Big Ben and killed 3,000 or your citizens you cannot seek justice cause you will be evil
    bunch of bullshit!

  • Neto, what a nice guy.

  • New list for Ed :
    @ love@atease

    it s getting bigger :

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side
    7- K
    8- SurfSoul66
    9- askival
    10- lifeistao
    11- Done is NEVER Complete [ up for love ]
    12- Cww

    Love is life. :)

  • and because love is life we get TKOL performed live . for all the lovely people who said it was a thom solo type of work and where asking where the band was . now watch ! !

    ahhhhhh

    love is like to the fullest i might add . fuck july come soon man .

  • Yasss get in ther PNTRS.

    http://www.worldscreen.com/articles/display/29644

    Love is life and Live Radiohead :)

    • Thank you for what you have shared, I think later I will find that book and understand what here.

  • New list for Ed :

    it s getting bigger :

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side
    7- K
    8- SurfSoul66
    9- askival
    10- lifeistao
    11- Done is NEVER Complete [ up for love ]
    12- Cww
    13- pntrs

    :-)

  • @ Neto,

    *** If you breath you are stealing the oxygen from others
    If you are happy then you dont understand the woes of the world
    If some motherfucker blew up the Big Ben and killed 3,000 or your citizens you cannot seek justice cause you will be evil
    bunch of bullshit! ***

    I know, all these Tao gibberish sounded like bunch of bullshit to me too, years ago….. ;-)

    At time, you might see translation in using “evil” in Tao Te Ching, but it’s not in original meaning, it means “ill”, Taoism does not preach good and evil, but about fulfilment of self peace. So, no, it’s not evil to seek justice, but justice should be a gateway to better, less ill future, not for feeding our vengeful mind that leads to more future resistance.

    Anyway, there’s no way anyone’s mind can be forcefully persuaded, that will be against the way of Tao (our natural path), we only change when we have to, or willing and ready.

  • life feeds on life.

    the only peace ‘you’ will ‘know’ is in obliteration.[at one with the dark matter of your soul]

    the only peace the universe will know is when life ceases to be.

    we are an aberration – beautiful in our imperfection and quaint in our feebleness, but ultimately unimportant and meaningless.[displacing the elements
    in your stride]

    suffering is the currency upon which we are valued.[a quick fantasy
    to prevent it from commiting to memory]

    struggling in the dark, blindly seeking a knife to end this atrocity.

    that is all.

    1- TheyTurnMe
    2- lepantrut
    3- lazy eye [ that is what he meant ]
    4- english breakfast adds on
    5- Jesus Christ
    6- God is on your side
    7- K
    8- SurfSoul66
    9- askival
    10- lifeistao
    11- Done is NEVER Complete [ up for love ]
    12- Cww
    13- pntrs
    14-Not Friendly

    [if i close my eyes
    i might just disappear altogether]

  • Thank you for what you have shared, I think later I will find that book and understand what here.

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