The Dice Man

by Luke Rhinehart | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
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Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 8/18/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, August 18, 2003

The ultimate vanity project, writing about yourself (in the first person), throwing off the shackles of responsibility, society’s expectations, and all moral & sexual rules. This is ‘dicelife’, or rather Rhinehart writing a novel and mock-autobiography about himself as the founding father of diceliving, i.e. taking none of the risks himself!

Quite rude* in parts but good fun, sort-of semi serious stuff about the nature of choice, the way we are conditioned to adopt a stable persona, to be a predictable & law-abiding member of society. The opposite being; the freedom to explore our other selves, to be spontaneous, creative and totally irresponsible! Don’t we all feel sometimes that life is just a lottery of chance, and we are forever constrained by the consequences of our decisions, the nebulous ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ of any course of action? In the 80’s we in IT had a phrase for such a state, ‘analysis paralysis’, the antithesis of which was the exhortation to ‘just do it’, or in the words of one of my managers, ‘just f***ing do it!’ (apologies to Nike). Ah, but do what? ...let the die decide...

*A warning for the sensitive; if this were a film it would be heavily censored and might not even get an ‘X’ certificate. Not just eroticism but sadism, masochism, and middle-aged men misbehaving - yeuch!

‘Dice be with you’

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, June 02, 2005
A couple of extra nuggets of wisdom & comedy:

"Nothing upsets a patient more than a late analyst [psychiatrist], but Jenkins was a masochist: I could count on him assuming that he deserved it."

About 'non-directive therapy':

"...the analyst is passive, compassionate, non-interpretive, non-directing. More precisely, he resembles a redundant moron."

"Life is islands of ecstasy in an ocean of ennui. And after the age of thirty land is seldom seen."

Journal Entry 3 by BookGroupMan at on Saturday, June 11, 2005

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