Description - Obese White Gentleman by Riki Moss
Based on the life of idiosyncratic aikido master Terry Dobson, this novel by his partner Riki Moss - incorporating Terry's insightful autobiographical stories - reads as a fictionalized memoir. It is the story of two souls meeting at a mutually calamitous turning point in midlife. Fatherless, pushed by his tyrannical mother to the edge of violence and self-mythologizing, the male protagonist turns to aikido to save his life. Twenty-five years later, physically and spiritually heartsick, he returns to the wreckage of his ancestral summer home on Lake Champlain feeling too tainted to train, too blocked to write and too dispirited to deal with his declining health; he seriously considers disappearing into the icy waters.Instead, he drives down a road in an ice storm and hits a cow in a cornfield where an artist is chasing after her dog...Told through two interwoven timelines, one following his life through Park Avenue and the Bowery, Vermont, Japan, and California (with many points in between), and the other following the seven years of his relationship with the artist in the here and now, we encounter an eccentric assortment of seekers and gurus (real and fictive), spiritual dogs, performance artists, psychic plumbers, New Age healers, suicidal parents, old lovers; Ronald Reagan, Robert Bly, Leonard Cohen, Ram Dass, Chogyam Trungpa; and the land itself, as compelling as any character.
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(227mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Blue Snake Books
Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
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Author Biography - Riki Moss
Riki Moss is an accomplished artist who studied at the University of Chicago and the San Francisco Art Institute; never a formal student of aikido, she nevertheless learned the heart of the discipline through her seven-year relationship with the legendary Terry Dobson. Dobson (1937-1992) was a pioneering American aikido teacher and writer and one of the few Western practitioners who studied directly under the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). This memoir draws upon Dobson's extensive body of tape recordings and unpublished writings. He is the author of Aikido in Everyday Life and It's a Lot Like Dancing, published by North Atlantic/Blue Snake Books.