For the last four decades or so, Mathias Freese has been jousting with American culture.
His essay collection “This Moobius Strip of Ifs” is a mixture of the author’s reminiscences, insights, observations, and criticism, the book 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, skewering where he can and applauding 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.
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What does Matt Freese mean, when he refers to this “Mobius strip” of ifs?
What is a Mobius strip?
“A one-sided surface that is constructed from a rectangle by holding one end fixed, rotating the opposite end through 180 degrees, and joining it to the first end…” (merriam-webster.com).
As reviewer Allizabetgh Collins goes on to explain, in a receent review:
Unfortunately, I still wasn’t sure why it was the tile of the book, until I found this definition: “a Möbius strip only has one side and one edge, so ants would be able to walk on the Möbius strip on a single surface indefinitely since there is no edge in the direction of their movement.” (physlink.com). So I finally came to the conclusion that the Möbius strip, (in the book’s case), might represent the disorienting structure/cycle of life; things look one way, but end up another.
Read the complete review here, and don’t stop there. Keep reading Mathias Freese’s essays on aging, books he remembers from school, and more.by