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The World Beyond Your Head by Matthew B. Crawford
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kimberlywade
This post is more commentary and personal reflection than review.

           Are you really in your body at all?  Why is this important?  These are questions that have been rolling around in my mind for a very long time.  Having been an intellectual kid, a daydreamer and a bookworm, I lived in my head, hardly aware I had a body at all.  Luckily I found yoga while I was still in high school and began discovering what it was like to inhabit this body and to have a physical relationship with the world around me.  When I started learning to play the guitar at age twenty-five, the questions became even more intriguing because of the necessary physical dexterity of playing the instrument, which did not come easily.  Twenty years later and I’m more obsessed with guitar playing than ever, and it has much to do with the physicality of the art in contrast with writing, something that I’ve been doing for so long, I can’t remember what it was like to learn how.  Last year, in the midst of my disaffection with writing fiction, I decided I would write about guitar playing.  The crux of this book is that the guitar is a place, an object that by playing it, anchors the player in reality.  This revelation swept me, I think, sometime last summer.
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