The Secret to Superhuman Strength

Hardcover, 240 pages

English language

Published May 3, 2021 by Mariner Books.

ISBN:
9780544387652

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Comics and cultural superstar Alison Bechdel delivers a deeply layered story of her fascination, from childhood to adulthood, with every fitness craze to come down the pike: from Jack LaLanne in the 60s ("Outlandish jumpsuit! Cantaloupe-sized guns!") to the existential oddness of present-day spin class. Readers will see their athletic or semi-active pasts flash before their eyes through an ever-evolving panoply of running shoes, bicycles, skis, and sundry other gear. But the more Bechdel tries to improve herself, the more her self appears to be the thing in her way. She turns for enlightenment to Eastern philosophers and literary figures, including Beat writer Jack Kerouac, whose search for self-transcendence in the great outdoors appears in moving conversation with the author’s own. This gifted artist and not-getting-any-younger exerciser comes to a soulful conclusion. The secret to superhuman strength lies not in six-pack abs, but in something much less clearly defined: facing …

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仍然有很多打动我的地方,但是感觉这个故事线其实挺让人挫败的(作者一直陷入困境和低潮,然后找到某种运动/修行方法,暂时好转,然后忽然又陷入低潮)。当然人生可能就是这样但是……反正看完我也没对这个新世纪禅宗的“无我”“你和世界合一”这种有更多体会。还是自己冥想做瑜伽去吧。