Sometimes mankind has to ask the question what is it that makes up the actions
and determines the type of interaction that we display when around other people? Notes
to Myself is the contemporary worlds way of questioning the value of putting on facades.
The novel also questions things we know as trivial such as watching a cat sleep on our
belly or staring at clouds in the sky. The author used an interesting form for writing his
collection, omitting page numbers and leaving no indication as to what subject the reader
should expect to be encountering upon reading sections.
His views are interesting to say the least. Focusing on self meditation and self
reliance, he proceeds to describe human interaction and what he really is thinking when
exposed to different situations. For instance, he describes a conversation with a young
lady in which she wanted to just be friends while he being male can do nothing about
the fact that he may be sexually aroused by her whether they were just friends or not.
This type of unconventional expression of human emotion is the color of all of the
selections. The author does not wish to conceal feeling nor put on different faces in
different situations but be himself and be happy being himself at all times.
Interesting stands on happiness are also expressed. Boredom is vaguely related to
happiness by the rationalization that one can be happy simply by picking lint off of the
floor. While his thoughts are genuine, one can almost comprehend the randomness of
human thought. There is a wrinkled cellophane wrapper on my desk and it reflects my
image just as water does. Randomness is definitely one of this books strong points. (That
random sentence beforehand was a personal example of the wandering mind).
This is the type of book that you would not want to read between commercials but
one that warrants a good hour and a half (at least) of quiet and thoughtful reading. This is
not a book with a plot. There is only one main character and that main character is the
embodiment of the philosophy of me myself and I. If you like books that exemplify the
importance of the individual, you will definitely like this attempt to show how mankind
should be. Or rather, it shows the true nature of human beings (selfishness).