Saturday, March 01, 2008

Oh Oprah

I've never watched Oprah but I've picked up enough to know that she's a mixed bag. Dr. Phil? "The Secret?" (Blade and I watched it last night and rarely have I felt more embarrassed for a movie) The car giveaway? Steadman? Questionable. But there's another side to Oprah, the Oprah that picks Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" for her book club. The Oprah that campaigns for my man Obama. And, most importantly, the Oprah that's doing a ten week long webcast series with Eckhart Tolle. His book "A New Earth" is her latest club selection and it's already broken all kinds of sales record since it was announced. I had the true pleasure of seeing Eckhart Tolle speak last week at Benaroya Hall (third row center!) and have nothing but praise for his message. There's no way to express enough the impact of his teachings on my life without using such hyperbolic statements as "there's no way to express enough the impact of his teachings on my life." With the size of Oprah's usual audience multiplied by the world wide web, and the length of time she's devoting to the discussions, this could be an extremely beneficial event for this planet. Let's hope so. I know I'll be watching. Starts Monday.


At 4:11 PM, Blogger Ash said...

It's amazing how much influence she has over people.

At 5:58 AM, Blogger Certainlia said...

I've been wondering if you were gonna be watching these! I've been watching!!

At 8:10 PM, Blogger kww said...

Pete, I want to talk with you about this. I have started The New Earth and I find statements such as "This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless. It can only awaken those who are ready" (p. 7) requires explanation. I have an impromptu book club with a rag tag group of women who selected this book because of Oprah's belief that it changed her life. I was initially excited because of your love of Mr. Tolle. Only one person finished the book and she felt the suggestions were good but not earth shattering or new. The others had a hard time getting past chapter 2. Perhaps I should watch this webcast--but I would really rather hear more about your interpretation of this book. Love love love,


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