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Title: SoulPancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions
Author: Rainn Wilson
Publisher: Published October 26th 2010 by Hachette Books (first published October 5th 2010)
ISBN: 9781401310332
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CAUTION: To all the world's thinkers, artists, poets, and misfits: SoulPancake is a movement to chew on Life's Big Questions. Side effects may include change in the way you think about what it means to be human. Don't say we didn't warn you. Somewhere over the course of history, chewing on Life's Big Questions lost its cool factor. Fortunately for mankind, Rainn Wilson (bes CAUTION: To all the world's thinkers, artists, poets, and misfits: SoulPancake is a movement to chew on Life's Big Questions. Side effects may include change in the way you think about what it means to be human. Don't say we didn't warn you. Somewhere over the course of history, chewing on Life's Big Questions lost its cool factor. Fortunately for mankind, Rainn Wilson (best known for playing Dwight Schrute on NBC's The Office) and a bunch of his friends are on a mission to change that. CAN MEN AND WOMEN REALLY BE "JUST FRIENDS? IF YOU ONLY HAD ONE HOUR LEFT TO LIVE, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT? WHAT PARALYZES YOUR CREATIVITY? WHAT FUELS IT? Based on the wildly successful website SoulPancake.com, this book urges you to explore philosophy, creativity, spirituality, love, truth, science, and so much more. With bold questions, intriguing challenges, and mind-bending art, SoulPancake creates a space for you to stimulate your brain stem, spark your soul, and figure out what it means to be human. CRAMMED INSIDE: A revealing Introduction by Rainn Wilson 180 Life's Big Questions (the ones that gnaw at your innards) Visual masterpieces from 90+ artists Unusual activities that launch you into the world Exclusive commentary from the fascinating minds of: Amy Sedaris, David Lynch, Heather Armstrong (Dooce.com), Dr. Drew, Jesse Dylan, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Harold Ramis, Josh Ritter, and Saul Williams.

30 review for SoulPancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Faythe Swanson

    I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out. I'm a huge "Dwight Schrute" fan, & when I heard that Rainn Wilson wrote a book combining spirituality, art, & what it means to be human, it immediately caught my interest. This book is a quick read, but gives you lots to think about. It also gave me ideas on things I could do to inspire myself! A lot of the questions asked in this book will really make you think about WHY you think & believe the way you do. I love to delve into I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out. I'm a huge "Dwight Schrute" fan, & when I heard that Rainn Wilson wrote a book combining spirituality, art, & what it means to be human, it immediately caught my interest. This book is a quick read, but gives you lots to think about. It also gave me ideas on things I could do to inspire myself! A lot of the questions asked in this book will really make you think about WHY you think & believe the way you do. I love to delve into the deeper things of life, to find the meaning in everything, as I believe everything happens for a reason. This book will help you get to know yourself better & also offers a lot of interesting art to look at! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a deeper look within.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Staci Estel

    I've just recently started exploring the SoulPancake website, and decided to buy the book because I liked the idea behind it. It's not necessarily a book that requires a lot of reading - which could be a good thing. SoulPancake provides you with thought-provoking quotes and prompts that should make you ponder life's questions. While being a bookworm certainly has its benefits, SoulPancake makes me realize the importance of finding the beauty in life by taking action, making decisions, and diggin I've just recently started exploring the SoulPancake website, and decided to buy the book because I liked the idea behind it. It's not necessarily a book that requires a lot of reading - which could be a good thing. SoulPancake provides you with thought-provoking quotes and prompts that should make you ponder life's questions. While being a bookworm certainly has its benefits, SoulPancake makes me realize the importance of finding the beauty in life by taking action, making decisions, and digging deeper into the soul to discover what is really important. You can think as much as you want, but it's not until you put your thoughts into action that they really develop meaning and purpose.

  3. 4 out of 5

    MacKenzie Abernethy

    The book is divided into 9 catagories: - The brain & the soul - Art & creativity - Experiences & emotions - Love, sex, & relationships - Virtues & vices - Introspection, reflection, & identity - God & religion - Life, death, & living Sections are “kicked off” by noteworthy contributors including David Lynch, Justin Vernon, and Josh Ritter. It’s difficult to decide what I enjoyed most about SoulPancake, between fascinating quotes, facts, artwork, and graphic design - and th The book is divided into 9 catagories: - The brain & the soul - Art & creativity - Experiences & emotions - Love, sex, & relationships - Virtues & vices - Introspection, reflection, & identity - God & religion - Life, death, & living Sections are “kicked off” by noteworthy contributors including David Lynch, Justin Vernon, and Josh Ritter. It’s difficult to decide what I enjoyed most about SoulPancake, between fascinating quotes, facts, artwork, and graphic design - and the interactive aspect. This is a book that not only makes the reader think; it drives the reader to creativity, to question one’s self and provide answers. And in case you hadn’t caught on, this project was put together by Dwight from the office! Huzzah

  4. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    A fantastic book to make you contemplate many of life's big questions, fuelled by inspirational art and quotes. This is a great book to read alone, taking your time to really contemplate the thoughts raised on each page (I would recommend min one day per double page). There are a small number of practical activities the book suggests for you too, some of which can be quite interesting (although some I worried could be disrespectful or a recipe for arrest, such as gatecrashing a stranger's funera A fantastic book to make you contemplate many of life's big questions, fuelled by inspirational art and quotes. This is a great book to read alone, taking your time to really contemplate the thoughts raised on each page (I would recommend min one day per double page). There are a small number of practical activities the book suggests for you too, some of which can be quite interesting (although some I worried could be disrespectful or a recipe for arrest, such as gatecrashing a stranger's funeral or the reverse-pickpocket). Soul Pancake also makes for a fantastic collection of interesting conversation starters for both online or real life conversations! My only gripe was that so many of the questions seemed to be focused on the idea of regret for the past or wanting to change the past. As someone who has no interest in either, about a quarter of the questions seemed irrelevant (I'm probably exaggerating).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    It's hard to give an accurate star rating to this... It's more about what you get out of it. It's about learning and being more open to the world. It's a book about spirituality and individualism, so if you aren't into that, you won't find this very interesting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Ugh. I was so excited to read this and so disappointed with it once I finished. Despite its promise of exploring "big questions," this book was trite, arrogant, and not at all illuminating. The best part was the artwork.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Less of a "read" and more of a thought provoking romp for a rainy afternoon. You could literally open this up to any page and find something to think about for quite a long while.

  8. 4 out of 5

    (Peter)

    short snippets of thoughtfulness. Engaging, provocative, funny. A primer for anyone aiming to become more reflective, or a companion for anyone who is naturally reflective

  9. 5 out of 5

    Antonio Gallo

    "SoulPancake"- "La panacea dell'anima". Anima o animo? La panacea? Cos'è? Un anti-libro, un iper-libro, un non-libro, per guarire tutti i mali. Ecco, sto cercando di recensire un libro che libro non è, ma che può essere tutto questo ed altro. Dopo di averlo visto e rivisto online, me lo sono fatto arrivare in versione cartacea da Amazon in poche ore da Los Angeles, California. Nella presentazione si dice, (sta scritto letteralmente), è stato "handycrafted" - "fatto a mano". Dopo di averlo confez "SoulPancake"- "La panacea dell'anima". Anima o animo? La panacea? Cos'è? Un anti-libro, un iper-libro, un non-libro, per guarire tutti i mali. Ecco, sto cercando di recensire un libro che libro non è, ma che può essere tutto questo ed altro. Dopo di averlo visto e rivisto online, me lo sono fatto arrivare in versione cartacea da Amazon in poche ore da Los Angeles, California. Nella presentazione si dice, (sta scritto letteralmente), è stato "handycrafted" - "fatto a mano". Dopo di averlo confezionato in "bits & bytes" online. Di cosa parla? Di tutto. Di filosofia, creatività , spiritualità, amore, verità, scienza e molto altro ancora. Il libro vuole stimolare il cervello, accendere il nostro animo, senza trascurare l'anima. Tutto per farci capire che significa essere "umani". Chi ha poca dimestichezza con la lingua inglese avrà qualche difficoltà ad afferrare il senso del libro. Cercherò di fare il possibile per far comprenderlo. Ne vale la pena, specialmente per chi ama le novità legate alla creatività. Ve l'ho detto. Parla di tutto e di niente, il che è sempre incluso nel tutto. Ruota intorno a 180 domande alle quali 90 artisti di tutti i continenti hanno cercato di dare una risposta, non solo a parole, ma anche, e sopratutto, graficamente. Ci sono pure tracce italiane in questo crogiolo artistico che sta tra la follia e la creatività. Se avete tra le mani il libro vi ci perderete. Pensate di sfogliare un testo tradizionale ed invece vi accorgerete di trovarvi in una selva di immagini, disegni, grafici, simboli, illustrazioni, pagine bianche da scrivere, questionari, che stanno tra il surreale e il reale, l'onirico e il materiale. "Come stabilisci quello che secondo te è la verità?" Se sfogliate il libro online, avrete la possibilità di navigare tra suoni e video, un viaggio psichedelico che non ha un punto di partenza, né di arrivo. Navigare nel sito poi è addirittura allucinante. Nove sono le categorie: il cervello e l'anima/o; l'arte e la creatività; le esperienze e le emozioni; l'amore, il sesso e le relazioni; i vizi e le virtù; l'introspezione, la riflessione e l'identità; Dio e la religione; la vita e la morte. Vi pare poco? Un susseguirsi di citazioni, fatti, disegni, manipolazioni grafiche, effetti visivi, il tutto per dare movimento e dinamicità alla lettura, stimoli al cervello di chi legge. Il povero lettore resta spiazzato, spinto com'è a lasciare il tradizionale modo di leggere. Viene sollecitato a dire, pensare, scrivere, creare, domandare e domandarsi, riflettere, dare delle risposte. Innumerevoli attività che aprono gli occhi del lettore, estendono la mente attraverso esercizi, liste di cose da fare, fatti divertenti, azioni futili, considerazioni inaspettate. "Cos'è secondo te ciò che è giusto o sbagliato?" Ne scelgo una che riguarda noi Italiani. Viene riportata una frase del grande regista e attore americano Orson Welles su di noi. Egli ha detto a proposito della creatività: "In Italia, per cinquanta anni sotto il governo dei Borgia, ci furono guerre, terrore, assassinii, fiumi di sangue, ma anche Michelangelo, Leonardo e il Rinascimento. In Svizzera, una grande fratellanza sociale per oltre cinquecento anni di democrazia e pace. Ma cosa produssero? L'orologio a cucù!". E poi ancora a proposito di Michelangelo si dice che questo Italiano credeva che ci fosse una statua che lo aspettava in ogni pezzo di marmo. Un discorso che vale per la scultura, ma può essere riferito alla poesia e ad ogni altra forma d'arte. A proposito di religione viene riportata una frase come questa: "Se parliamo a Dio, stiamo pregando. Se è Dio a parlarci, abbiamo le allucinazioni". "In che modo i pensieri influiscono sulla realtà?" Un libro che va letto con gli occhi chiusi, proprio così dice l'autore alla fine della sua lunga introduzione al libro. Egli ripercorre a grandi linee il suo percorso familiare, formativo, culturale, sociale ed umano. Grandi esperienze vissute intensamente, sia in maniera orizzontale che verticale. La famiglia, la fanciullezza, la scuola, la passione per il teatro, l'alcol, le erbe e le polverine, la musica, la religione, anzi le varie religioni intese come ricerca e conferma di spiritualità soggettiva e non imposta da dogmi esterni. Tutto deve nascere dalla persona, dai suoi bisogni individuali e soggettivi, verso una ben precisa trascendenza che dia fiducia e riferimenti per l'esplorazione del mondo in tutte le sue forme e manifestazioni. Da qui nascono le esperienze del web trasferite su un sito che è in continuo movimento e divenire. Stampate poi nel libro che le ferma nello spazio e nel tempo. "Il ritratto di te stesso" Un libro, dicevo, che va letto "random", "a caso", in maniera diversa dalla tradizionale lettura. Interrogativi, aforismi, citazioni, spazi bianchi da riempire, allitterazioni, uscite laterali con le quali il lettore potrà rientrare in se stesso, chiudere gli occhi, abbandonare le pagine del libro e cavalcare la sua fantasia, ricreando, immaginando, trasferendo se stesso e il proprio io altrove, spesso "oltre l'oltre", "beyond the beyond", come lui stesso suggerisce. Tutto questo fa di questo libro l'anti-libro, un non-libro. Il lettore, ogni qualvolta lo prenderà in mano, avrà la sensazione di ricominciare un viaggio e la sensazione che sarà lui ad avere scritto il libro e non l'autore. Non vi pare questa una cosa del tutto nuova? Buona lettura, quindi. Anzi, buona creazione del vostro libro ..... http://unideadivita.blogspot.it/2013/...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lil Old Bookworm

    A great book to inspire you to think, to feel, to explore, and to broaden your horizons. I borrowed this from the library but I just might go out and buy it for myself; this is the kind of book that begs to be reread and analyzed again and again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Jones

    Absolutely in love with this book! I read a borrowed copy from the library so I can't wait to own it so I can do all the "work" in the book. I so needed this in my life!! I'm ready for SoulPancake 2!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Lewis

    I found it lacking in conviction and scientific rigor, but my younger self would have eaten it up.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Devin Mobley

    I would definitely recommend this to any creative. Makes for a perfect coffee table book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bushmeyer

    I plan to use ideas from this book with my High School students. Great inspiration!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Igor

    You get what you expect from this book. There are more subjects that are covered with nice illustrations, questions and quotes from famous people. Most of the questions make you think about the subjects that are dealing with. Before every chapter there is small interview with some famous person or friend of the authors. The idea is original and interesting.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Weird art meets philosophy. Not my thing, but I know people who would appreciate it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Hood

    Bound: Get Fortified! SunPost Weekly December 30, 2010 | John Hood http://bit.ly/fqmLWv This Year, Make Yourself a SoulPancake Forget New Year’s resolutions. Not only do they generally wear off with the year’s first hangover, but they’re really more akin to regret than to initiative. I mean, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be resolving to do something that you’re happy about not doing the year before, right? Right. Ditto the inverse. Nobody vows to stop doing what they’re proud to have done. Besides, do Bound: Get Fortified! SunPost Weekly December 30, 2010 | John Hood http://bit.ly/fqmLWv This Year, Make Yourself a SoulPancake Forget New Year’s resolutions. Not only do they generally wear off with the year’s first hangover, but they’re really more akin to regret than to initiative. I mean, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be resolving to do something that you’re happy about not doing the year before, right? Right. Ditto the inverse. Nobody vows to stop doing what they’re proud to have done. Besides, do you really need a date to dictate when you’re gonna be resolute? Of course you don’t. And if you do, there’s no calendar in the world that can solve that problem. Yet a New Year is dawning (for those who tow the Gregorian line anyway), and it would be dynamite if we could all make it more fortifying. To that end I recommend a scrumptious little book entitled SoulPancake (Hyperion $19.99). Created by The Office oddball Rainn Wilson and his pals Devon Gundry, Golriz Lucina and Shabnam Mogharabi, and based on the bright ideas found in their same-named website, this collection of “Life’s Big Questions” is the philosophical equivalent of having a Manwich instead of a meal – and it doesn’t even come in a can! SoulPancake could be said to come with canned laughter though. But if so, it’s the kind that’s been canned in the basement of some very thoughtful souls. In other words, it’s a light-hearted look at some of humankind’s heaviest matters, and it’s rendered with as much cheek as it is candor. The sub-subtitle dares one and all to “Speak Your Mind. Unload Your Questions. [and] Figure Out What it Means to be Human.” The questions get the most play, be they all-time classics such as “How Do You Determine Truth?” and “What is the Difference between Fate and Free Will?” or more personal prompts like “What’s the Biggest Mistake You’ve Ever Made?” and “How Are You Selfish?” There’s “What is Love?” and “Why Do We Hate?” and “If You Only Had One Hour Left to Live How Would You Spend It?” and “What Do You Hope Happens When You Die?” Any one of the aforementioned is enough to keep even the brightest minds up at night. Taken in tandem, they may just keep you awake you’re entire life. And that’s the point. SoulPancake is, well, a kinda wake-up meal for the soul. Something hearty to help you start living life right – or at least living as if you depended on your life. In addition to the thought-provoking questions, there’s a series of exercises that are each guaranteed to boost you’re aware system. Under the rubric “What’s Stopping You?” you’re asked to “List 5 Risks You Haven’t Had the Guts to Take Yet.” And with every entry you’re prompted to eliminate any reservations by answering “What the Worst That Could Happen?” In “Could We Live with Nine?” you’re asked to “Carefully List 5 Things You Would Literally Chop Off Your Little Toe For.” And just in case you weren’t extremely careful assembling your list you’re requested to “Please Elaborate.” One of the best though – and most social – is “We Double-Shot Dare You,” which encourages you to pay for the coffee of the person behind you the next time you’re in line at the caffeine counter, and then to “Bond Over Your Mutual Addiction.” Yeah, I know. This concept isn’t new to the world. In fact, it’s been going on in drive-thru’s for a while now. But it’s the kinda simple gesture that brings about big smiles, and if done face-to-face rather than from the comfort of your own car, it could spark all kinds of conversation. And who knows? It might make you a new friend to boot. There’s more to this meal of a read, of course – much, much more. And each course is as enriched with enough vitamins and minerals to meet every above average person’s daily requirements. Remember though, that this isn’t only something that’s damn good served for breakfast; it’s just as tasty for lunch, dinner or a late-night snack. So the next time you’re rummaging around the fridge or the cupboard, cook yourself up a stack of soulpancakes. Because we could all stand to be a little more fortified.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike Sheehan

    This book offers so much. There's tons of activities designed to be eye-opening, mind expanding mental exercises. There's even two separate lists of things to try once a week for a whole year (that's 104 activities in all). Some are little things, some are bigger, and are all challenging in different ways. This is definitely a book that improves upon further reading. I most certainly have to go back and complete all the written activities or act them out, what ever's called for. Many of them see This book offers so much. There's tons of activities designed to be eye-opening, mind expanding mental exercises. There's even two separate lists of things to try once a week for a whole year (that's 104 activities in all). Some are little things, some are bigger, and are all challenging in different ways. This is definitely a book that improves upon further reading. I most certainly have to go back and complete all the written activities or act them out, what ever's called for. Many of them seem like great fun and others that have me super interested, even excited, to try. There's also plenty of relevant quotes and appealing statistics for each section, as well as a couple interviews (one with Rainn), a couple poems, and a humorous and insightful introduction written by Rainn Wilson. I'm not a huge fan of visual art, but the art in this book is incredible. Many of the pieces are the best I've ever seen. It really is a beautiful book. I also finished it with a slightly more positive perspective on life, which I believe can only improve once I take on some more of these interesting suggestions. I feel this book deserves 5-stars solely on the principle that I took more from this book than from many other books I've read (how many books truly inspire to get out and do stuff?). It also can't suffer from comparison as I've never read another book like this. This is a book that makes you think, and the more you put into it, the more you'll get from it. I'm surprised there's no reviews on here yet, this is a fascinating book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    karenbee

    I picked this up because: pretty cover, SoulPancake name recognition, Rainn Wilson. The intro was promising, and I got excited about reading the book, then I got into the main section and lost interest. I probably should have paged through it before checking it out, but I had the kids with me, and I am less choosy when they're around. SoulPancake is essentially a bunch of exercises designed to help you explore some of life's more interesting (chewy) questions -- what's your idea of God, why are I picked this up because: pretty cover, SoulPancake name recognition, Rainn Wilson. The intro was promising, and I got excited about reading the book, then I got into the main section and lost interest. I probably should have paged through it before checking it out, but I had the kids with me, and I am less choosy when they're around. SoulPancake is essentially a bunch of exercises designed to help you explore some of life's more interesting (chewy) questions -- what's your idea of God, why are we here, what is art -- and I'm sure for people who enjoy workbooks, it fulfills its purpose well, but I just wasn't up for that. I was looking for more in-depth exploration by OTHER PEOPLE, I guess. There are some interviews peppered throughout the book that looked like they'd be worth the time, but the fill-in-the-blanks content of the book disappointed me so much I just returned it to the library without bothering to read them. It did make a lasting impression, though: I am STILL wondering why birds need jetpacks.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patrice Sartor

    I didn't read all of it, but I flipped through each page and read most of the quotes and things. I like the idea, though I'm not sure about the execution. SoulPancake is divided into a number of different section (such as art, love, religion, & technology). Within each you'll find relevant quotes, stories, suggestions, ideas, and/or activities to help you further your knowledge or personal growth, or whatever, in those categories. I read many of the quotes aloud to my family, and I think we a I didn't read all of it, but I flipped through each page and read most of the quotes and things. I like the idea, though I'm not sure about the execution. SoulPancake is divided into a number of different section (such as art, love, religion, & technology). Within each you'll find relevant quotes, stories, suggestions, ideas, and/or activities to help you further your knowledge or personal growth, or whatever, in those categories. I read many of the quotes aloud to my family, and I think we all had fun when I read over all 52 of the suggested ways to live a little bit more over the next year. The pages are brightly colored and sprinkled with corresponding artwork, which is described at the end. The format reminds me of a DK title, in a way. I'm all for working on bettering oneself, and if this book helps anyone achieve that, I think that's a good thing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Trent Mikesell

    I found this a little overwhelming at first, so it took me a bit of time to actually want to read it. It's basically a collection of art, quotes and short pieces (essays and poems) that are supposed to help you examine different aspects of life and death. There are also various questions and activities you can do. I like the idea and some of the quotes were stirring. I even got a great idea for my creative writing class. However, it's hard to really take this seriously as it's written by "Dwight I found this a little overwhelming at first, so it took me a bit of time to actually want to read it. It's basically a collection of art, quotes and short pieces (essays and poems) that are supposed to help you examine different aspects of life and death. There are also various questions and activities you can do. I like the idea and some of the quotes were stirring. I even got a great idea for my creative writing class. However, it's hard to really take this seriously as it's written by "Dwight" from The Office. I realize that in real life he may be very deep, but I can't see him any other way. Overall, however, I'm glad I read it. If anything, the design and idea are somewhat fresh.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Creative. Deep yet playful. "Figure out what it means to be human." Laced with juicy questions & exercises, interesting facts & quotes, and fun trivia -- This is my kind of book. Sample question - "What's one thing you've learned that blew your mind?" Sample exercise - "Don't speak for an entire day. Just listen. Describe your experience." Or another -- Create a small banner and stage a protest using Barbie dolls or Lego people. Sample trivia - "A recent Gallup poll reported that motorist Creative. Deep yet playful. "Figure out what it means to be human." Laced with juicy questions & exercises, interesting facts & quotes, and fun trivia -- This is my kind of book. Sample question - "What's one thing you've learned that blew your mind?" Sample exercise - "Don't speak for an entire day. Just listen. Describe your experience." Or another -- Create a small banner and stage a protest using Barbie dolls or Lego people. Sample trivia - "A recent Gallup poll reported that motorists were more worried about road rage (42%) than drunk driving (35%)." Sample quote - "I shut my eyes in order to see." - Paul Gauguin I appreciate a book that puts a positive spin on deep thinking!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Mofo

    I was excited when I saw this book. It seemed like something that would kickstart my imagination and get me busy making art. Unfortunately, I began to notice that the Very Important People quoted throughout the book appeared to be mostly men. So I decided to start counting the number of quotes by men versus quote by women. I came up with 137 men and 23 women. That's pretty crazy. I'm sure there is plenty of bias toward the words of white people over people of color, people of means over people li I was excited when I saw this book. It seemed like something that would kickstart my imagination and get me busy making art. Unfortunately, I began to notice that the Very Important People quoted throughout the book appeared to be mostly men. So I decided to start counting the number of quotes by men versus quote by women. I came up with 137 men and 23 women. That's pretty crazy. I'm sure there is plenty of bias toward the words of white people over people of color, people of means over people living in poverty, etc. etc. That just took the fun out of this book for me. I think Rainn Wilson's imagination could use a jumpstart.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    It's a little quirky. There are some thought provoking questions, conversations, etc throughout the book. I wasn't a big fan of the pages of "fill out this graphically designed blank page with your own thoughts" - which seem to be every 10 pages or so of this book (to be fair, I don't like those in any of these deep/creative thinking style books). I did like the thoughtful quotes throughout the book and i liked the conversation-point questions in the book. Would I recommend it to someone who want It's a little quirky. There are some thought provoking questions, conversations, etc throughout the book. I wasn't a big fan of the pages of "fill out this graphically designed blank page with your own thoughts" - which seem to be every 10 pages or so of this book (to be fair, I don't like those in any of these deep/creative thinking style books). I did like the thoughtful quotes throughout the book and i liked the conversation-point questions in the book. Would I recommend it to someone who wants a book that makes them think rather than a book that tells a story? Yep.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Raphaelle Yax

    Strange selection for a book club read, but interesting concept so far. This one's going to cause some crazy discussions. It think this would be better off sitting on a coffee table or somewhere where you could use it to pick up a dull conversation. The art was my favorite part, although the chapter header interviews/commentary/poetry etc. were awesome. Little bit o' funny, little bit o' serious. Rinse, repeat.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jules Vilmur

    I'm a fan of Soul Pancake (the website) so it should be no surprise that I liked the book as well. I picked it up at the library though and realized pretty quickly that it is something I'd much rather own than borrow, as it invites interaction (and perhaps some doodling in the margins). It is the kind of book that you get as much out of as you put into it. Both funny and serious, both light and deep. And oh, Rainn Wilson ... which is never a bad thing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Wainwright

    I'm forever searching for that next book/class/whatever that will absorb and propel me. This wasn't it, exactly, which is not to say it wasn't a worthwhile read. There were a few thoughtstarter pieces that really got me thinking (Amy Sedaris on creativity, Dr. Drew on addiction, Harold Ramis on God), some nice pieces of art, and several good prompts scattered throughout, some of which I'll ferret away for future use. As a book, it just wasn't my perfect (or perfect-for-now) companion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mickolus Sundquist

    This book is NOT a novel. It would make a great coffee table book or a book club book. I really enjoyed this book. I read it in one evening, but I didn't complete any of the activities...yet. I just wanted to get an idea of what the book was all about. The book as great quotes and though provoking questions and facts. This is a book that I'll probably pick up and read every couple years, just to keep my brain thinking about "Life's Big Questions"

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Johnson

    Overall, this book was good. It was visually appealing; lots of great art and resonating quotes and fun little "expand your mind" exercises. It bordered on being a wee bit too new age-y for me, but that's to be expected with a coffee table book such as this, I suppose. It's more fun to flip through and read in little chunks than it is to take it in with one fell swoop, I think. I do want to reverse pickpocket someone now, though. Good idea, Mr. Wilson.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Stowe

    Do you want a fresh outlook on life and the wonders of who we are as humans? Soulpancake will give you ideas, questions and tasks to inspire and spark your imagination. It will get your brain to thinking about things you never believed you would even think of and go to places you have never dreamed of! I have been sharing this book like crazy and there is always reason to pick it up again and again!

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