Upping Your Ziggy- Book Review

we-all-wear-masks“We all wear masks…metaphorically speaking”  The Mask, Jim Carrey

“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”  Andre Berthiaume

“We must put on a face to meet the faces that we meet.”  T.S. Eliot

“It is a commonplace that all of us are different people in different social roles- father, mother, worker, friend, lover…It is highly beneficial for us to understand that we do not have a single ‘true’ self…and that we can have a measure of choice about which ones host our conscious lives at any given time.” Upping Your Ziggy at 155.

Upping Your Ziggy by Oliver James is a fascinating look at the previously unconsidered inner workings of one of the most beloved icons of our time, David Bowie.  The book ponders nature vs. nurture, and questions why we behave the way we do.

I have long felt, personally, that there are many various “selves” inside each of us, and that different personas appear to address the various situations we encounter.  Apparently I am not alone.  According to James, from David Bowie to your local grocer, this is a common occurrence.  The concept that there could be volition involved I found new and compelling.

Are we a product of our environment?  Our upbringing?  The people around us?  Or is it all in our genes?  Our fate?

Upping Your Ziggy provides informative and interesting insights into all of these considerations in the truly entertaining context of the life of David Bowie.

The mind is a powerful and complicated thing.  Explore this concept in this concise and insightful work by Oliver James.



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