The Point of Vanishing

The Point of Vanishing

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Into the Wild meets Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mana€”a lyrical memoir of a life changed in an instant and of the perilous beauty of searching for identity in solitude On a clear May afternoon at the end of his junior year at Harvard, Howard Axelrod played a pick-up game of basketball. In a skirmish for a loose ball, a boya€™s finger hooked behind Axelroda€™s eyeball and left him permanently blinded in his right eye. A week later, he returned to the same dorm room, but to a different world. A world where nothing looked solid, where the distance between how people saw him and how he saw had widened into a gulf. Desperate for a sense of orientation he could trust, he retreated to a jerry-rigged house in the Vermont woods, where he lived without a computer or television, and largely without human contact, for two years. He needed to find, away from societya€™s pressures and rush, a sense of meaning that couldna€™t be changed in an instant. From the Trade Paperback edition.I was picturing an air filter from a car, the closest my mind could come to a timing belt, which was the closest I could come to picturing timing ... Finally ready to humor Lev, now that he was across the Atlantic and the house was mine, I pushed aside my toast and opened the manual hea#39;d written. ... There was the painfully loud: DO NOT ALLOW WOODSTOVE TO GO ABOVE 700 DEGREES, CHIMNEYanbsp;...

Title:The Point of Vanishing
Author:Howard Axelrod
Publisher:Beacon Press - 2015-09-22


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