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How to be weird : an off-kilter guide to a singular life / Eric G. Wilson.

Wilson, Eric, 1967- (author.).


"A guidebook for cultivating the surprising joys that come from living an off-kilter life We crave the weird-the quirky, the eccentric, the peculiar, the freaky, the far-out-because it takes us out of our normal habits of thought and perception, nullifies our old conceptual maps with which we navigate our lives, and propels us into uncharted regions. Or to put it more simply: weirdness is essential to an interesting life. In How to Be Weird, Eric G. Wilson offers 99 fun and philosophically rich exercises for embracing all the weird in the world around us--taking aimless walks, creating a reverie nook, exploring the underside of bridges, making tombstone rubbings, finding your own Narnia, and more. With brief digestible entries on how to make sense of the random, guidelines on how to defamiliarize familiar objects through meditation, and exercises for locating weird states and phenomena for ourselves, How to Be Weird is an invitation to lean into the weird and to live a fuller life"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780143136576
  • ISBN: 0143136577
  • Physical Description: xx, 214 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-214).
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Create an overview effect -- Encourage moments of yugen -- Astonish your words -- Turn this book into a shovel -- Go sinister -- Assemble a shadow box -- Arrange a wunderkammer -- Design a mappa mundi -- Forge a new identity -- Pursue astral pareidolia -- Construct a curvilinear terrarium -- Contrive a shrine for colors -- Quest for your daemon -- Quiver a witch stick -- Drink air -- Novelize a thrift store -- Transform trash into art -- Haunt your haunts -- Rearrange your childhood bedroom -- Celebrate the unintersting stuff -- Get a zero -- Alienate yourself from yourself -- Memorize a poem peripatetically -- Comb plato's beard -- Irritate a narcissist -- Listen to the glass wizard -- Snort a quarto -- Fabricate a story that has never existed before -- Review books that do not exist -- Imagine your life as a peculiar novel written by a lazy god -- Crank some microfilm -- Welcome the earworm -- Conceive a curse word -- Hatch an aphorism -- Conjure your own medieval monster -- Chinwag with your evil twin -- Dress your doppelganger -- Journey to the uncanny valley -- Consider a victorian doll -- Pass to narnia -- Get from a-z -- Sacralize the absurd -- Do nothing -- Turn off the sound -- List your top five weird actors -- Cop a deadpan -- Watch strangers watch you -- Perform dorian -- Stare at someone for a long time -- Visit an abandoned building -- Pen obituaries -- Rub a tombstone -- Doodle around your grief -- Explore your dark corners -- Suspend a pomander -- Attend your high drone -- Drop pennies to wake yourself up -- Decide if you are asleep or awake -- Scry -- Cast a magic circle -- Cut your own tarot deck -- Master legerdemain -- Eat spheroids -- Fancy a nook -- Carve soap -- Mix your own color -- Make ink -- Inscribe your own runes -- Dream a game of surrealism -- Lay off --Save a nihilist -- Press phospene into being -- Hear your own ears -- Taxonomize silence -- Anatomize something -- Identify with your hydrogen -- Distort time -- Collect toadstools -- Kick over a log -- Sniff play-doh -- Look up -- Build a model of your foot -- Seed a wasteland -- Compose your own atlas obscura -- Speak "takete" -- Form a word that is what it means -- Paint stones -- Be a prophet -- Swerve -- Play the flaneur -- Take your turn -- Glance askance -- Perform the percy switcheroo -- Spend a day as a termite -- Fequent a shoreline -- Manufacure a portable door -- Fear a height -- Author you own lexicon -- Complete a final project -- Acknowledgements -- Resources.
Subject: Personality and creative ability.
Eccentrics and eccentricities.
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Genre: Self-help publications.

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