Materialism Is Masturbation : Essays In Freedom

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Has materialism become a joyless addiction? Is idealism making things worse for us? Have we underestimated the healing power of the erotic? Can the symbolic language of religion tell us something about the nature of the mind? Is the "Kingdom of Heaven" within? These are some of the questions explored in these essays by the author of "How to Be Free". More
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About Joe Blow

Joe Blow is the pseudonym for a man who, though currently happy and high functioning, has had a long history of mental illness, including endogenous depression, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. His writing is the product of a lifelong struggle to integrate flashes of insight and powerful symbols which appeared to him, often during what we might define as psychotic episodes, with observable reality and a rudimentary knowledge of science by appropriating useful concepts from the work of such iconoclastic thinkers as Wilhelm Reich, R. D. Laing, Keith Johnstone, William Blake and Oscar Wilde.

If asked whether this approach and this conceptual framework have provided him with a secure foundation for emotional stability, happiness and flowering creativity, Blow would reply, “Well, so far so good.”

He also writes humorous erotica under the pseudonym Aussiescribbler.

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Burns Well reviewed on Feb. 21, 2014

The title implies a book about materialism, which is the introductory topic, however much more is discussed in this book. I found it to be an excellent continuation of "How to be free". If you liked the first book, you'll want to keep reading.
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Dr. Luvlineski reviewed on Dec. 11, 2012

This is without a doubt the best non-fiction of its kind I have read in years. I am still reeling from my nearly non-stop reading of it. It is huge, so when I say the first word that come to mind––comforting––it seems almost shallow. But then again, what can be greater. Perhaps that is how the author came up with the title, which to me, was the only thing about the book I didn’t like (now I see why it fits). It’s a great read, and I know I will go back to it many times. My heartfelt thanks to Joe Blow.
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