Dear Readers: Brian Wright passed away in early 2023; he now lives forever in our hearts. A lifelong defender of liberty and nonviolence, Brian wanted his websites kept active so readers may enjoy his prolific columns, book & movie reviews, tributes, and evolving thoughts over the past decades. ~Rose Wright
A guide to spiritual enlightenment… by Eckhart Tolle
Review by Brian Wright Major insights with transformative potential
1999, New World Library, 191 pages
It’s an enchanting thought, isn’t it? In the middle of a society whose centers of political power are emanating stale rot to the accompaniment of bugles, we’re beginning to see a vibrant coalescence of awareness (COA) among ordinary people. Extraordinary ordinary people that is. Spiritual enlightenment has become sort of a preoccupation of mine, not to say I’ve made stellar progress on my own but I like to see it and comment on it in others. For example, I reviewed The Celestine Prophecy, a personally liberating book that gathered numerous devotees through the 1990s and beyond. A fair amount of my other work on my site has had a theme of self-improvement or self-discovery or both, e.g.
by Goldie Hawn (with Wendy Holden)
Reviewed by Brian Wright 2005, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 446 pages
Goldie I picked up from a lady friend in Okemos, Michigan, who has always been a book person… and a fan of Goldie Hawn: entertainer, actress, producer, director, and human person seeking enlightenment, in no particular order.
It’s a nice respite from heavier fare, the sort of nonfiction I’m constantly drawn to dealing with the freedom movement and the eternal search for justice. Goldie Jean Hawn (her real name) was born in Washington DC, and grew up in a suburb of DC, Takoma Park, Maryland. She took dance lessons early and became quite accomplished in ballet, then in drama school, worked as a dancer, and found her way into TV and the entertainment business. Most of us remember her goofy “dumb blond” act on the series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Continue reading →
Rudyard Kipling meets the Dalai Lama ____ 9/10
by Brian Wright
A remarkable experience, this film by Ang Lee. A significant cinematic achievement on several levels, three that I can think of immediately:
the exploration of faith and spirituality as it develops in a freethinking Indian boy whose father is an advocate of reason
an unusual, gripping adventure story that captures the imagination of young and old alike
a technical marvel integrating spectacular computer-generated imagery (CGI) with live action seamlessly
And to top it all off, perhaps the most important quality lies in the story’s tug on the heartstrings as one puts oneself in the shoes of the protagonist at the end. The emotional scale is huge in this resolution, amplified by the fact that the viewer has been through the wringer of a 200+ day ordeal of survival at sea. Continue reading →