This is a selection of excerpts which will appear in my forthcoming book, Delusionism. In the book, I aim to serve up an irreverent take on self-help literature, while offering a source of inspiration for the bewildering world in which we live. In a word, I believe thinking should be fun; and perhaps by approaching it lightly, we may slide into its depths more easily. The following piece was written especially for Amazon Shorts and provides the essence of what Delusionism is all about, as well as a personal introduction--shall I say confession?--to why I wrote it.
Anthony gives an overview of the book:
The world paints a picture of Californians as superficial pleasure-seekers, interested in little more than themselves, but, as a native Californian, I can let you in on a little known secret: the situation is the perfect opposite. I grew up in an environment saturated with spirituality, where virtually everyone has a purpose—bookstores are brimming with literature on it, seminars are held to teach it, and everyone from the surfer to the accountant discusses it with verve. Try telling a group of Californians that your life lacks direction. They will not nod their agreement and pat you on the back; they’ll give you a tip, a book, a job, anything to help you get back on track. I have a confession to make: as a young man growing up in such a culture, the great song of purpose fell mute on my ears.
Anthony Marais was born in Hollywood, California in 1966. During the 1980s he co-founded a Los Angeles pop-group called “The Squids,” before heading to Paris to study art history and language at the Sorbonne. Later, he studied anthropology at U.C. Berkeley, focusing on the...