Jonathan Livingston Corporation

Richard Bach's famous New Age fable, Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) was a very popular adolescent motivational read when I was growing up. It was for the 80s what Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist (1993 in English) was for the 90s. It tells the tale of an angsty seagull that, tired of the petty, small-minded life of scrounging for survival, decides to explore the outer limits of flight in order to come fully alive and be the most seagully seagull it could be. It is a very charming breaking-smart story about solving for aliveness rather than survival, but if you know anything about seabirds, also an extremely silly one.

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