This Mobius Strip of Ifs
Paperback, 6x9 in, 186 pages
Wheatmark, February 15, 2012
"Each essay has something truly unique and heartwrenching...Readers will be entertained, challenged, and yes, shocked by some of the writings."
Shirley A. Roe, editor, Allbooks Review
In this impressive and varied collection of creative essays, Mathias B. Freese jousts with American culture. A mixture of the author's reminiscences, insights, observations, and criticism, This Mobius Strip of Ifs examines the use and misuse of psychotherapy, childhood trauma, complicated family relationships, his frustration as a teacher, and the enduring value of tenaciously writing through it all.
Freese scathingly describes the conditioning society imposes upon artists and awakened souls. Whether writing about the spiritual teacher Krishnamurti, poet and novelist Nikos Kazantzakis, or film giants such as Orson Welles and Buster Keaton, the author skewers where he can and applauds those who refuse to compromise and conform.
The profound visceral truths in this book will speak to anyone who endeavors to be completely alive and aware.
About the Author
A psychotherapist for twenty-five years, Mathias B. Freese conveys a unique combination of psychodynamic thinking and Eastern philosophy while examining existentialism, alternative education, and Jewish values. His award-winning novel, The i Tetralogy, is a groundbreaking contribution to Holocaust literature. His short story collection, Down to a Sunless Sea, was published in 2008.