Jay Arthur


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Smashwords book reviews by Jay Arthur

  • Digging Your Own Well: Daoism as a Practical Philosophy on Dec. 01, 2016

    Bill Hulet’s Digging Your Own Well: Daoism as a Practical Philosophy starts off by giving the reader a whole bunch of reasons why he and his background would suggest he is the last guy you’d expect to be writing about such an academic topic as Daoism. But read on and you’ll be glad that he did. Hulet’s candour, combined with his accessible writing style, make this slim volume an enjoyable and edifying afternoon’s read. A book on Daoism certainly wouldn’t be at the top of my list for casual reading – and the subject is pretty esoteric and does require some work on the part of the reader. And yet this is more than compensated for by the many stories that the author uses to illustrate his points and bring them back to everyday life. At regular intervals he interrupts his dissertation with “so what?” questions (“this is all very groovy but what does this have to do with the real world” kind of stuff.) And then he explains. There is likely more detail here than the casual reader is looking for but not enough to get in the way. And for someone looking to learn more about Daoism and what it may and may not mean to their lives, this seems like a good place to start. Hulet has a Master’s degree in philosophy and frequently branches off into other issues that at one moment challenge and another moment entertains. While he does work at a university, he is not part of the teaching staff. Too bad. I am sure his lectures would be really interesting.