The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable: Aphorisms on Love, Art, and the Vicissitudes of Life

The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable: Aphorisms on Love, Art, and the Vicissitudes of Life

by Gay Walley

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The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable has a subtle narrative wherein author Gay Walley weaves love with life, art with making a living, and inspiration with the banal realities of daily life. The book shows how passion is to be found in every moment, none the least in a passion for independence. Beginning with "Why Women Fight Pirates," Walley covers such disparate topics as "The Disappointments of Infidelity," "Talk in Love," "Writers," "Work and its Punishments," "The Importance of the Argument," "The Ocean," "New York," and ends on "Deathbed."

This unflinching narrative is a journey through an artist's mind, taking us outside the usual confines, to lovers and ex-husbands, traveling, solitude, money and the importance of rebellion.

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ISBN-13: 9781629149349
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gay Walley has published short stories and a novel, Strings Attached, which was a finalist for Pirate's Alley/Faulkner and Capricorn Award and Paris Book Festival. Two other novels, Lost in Montreal and Duet, are scheduled for publication in 2014. A film of The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable is currently under production, starring Harry Hamlin and Irina Bjorkland, scheduled to be released 2014/2015. Her play LOVE, GENIUS AND A WALK opened in the Midtown Festival in New York 2013, was nominated for six awards including best playwright, and is scheduled for Off Broadway 2014/2015. She lives and works in New York.

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yeldabmoers More than 1 year ago
It is rare to find a book on aphorisms as raw, sincere and compelling as Gay Walley’s The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable.  Written from her own experiences as a writer, artist, wife and lover, her insights here are as universal as they are personal.  Walley is a true student of the soul, love, art, life, and has a watchful eye on the workings of the universe.  She also displays an uncanny understanding of human behavior.  Her words remind me of British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’s musings of art and life and Norman Mailer’s writings on the creative process, namely his book The Spooky Art.  She is a published and acclaimed writer, the author of several novels including Strings Attached, Lost in Montreal, and Duet, short stories, and the play Love, Genius and A Walk. This book is best read through in its entirety, preferably in one sitting—very doable.  Though these aphorisms are each short and compact, they flow together like the crests and troughs of the infinite ocean.  The ocean is in fact, one of her subjects.  The first time I read the book, it read like a meditative poem, the second time, like a reflection of the collective unconscious.  Either way, it was an experience in itself, and one truly worthy for all readers.   Walley begins with love and marriage.  This is her forte.  Her insights are so piercing that I found myself transformed by them, questioning my own ideas of marriage and love.  Having been married and divorced herself, Walley has definite opinions on these matters.  On infidelity she writes, “There is no doubt that sex with a lover is initially more erotic because it is not held down by the gauze of the marital.  It eventually loses its pleasure because it is not held together by that same gauze.”  Ultimately, she believes that, “The death of a marriage through infidelity feels like a murder.  It haunts.”  On marriage, she urges her friends to stay married.  “They complain of boredom, resentments, coldness,” she writes.  “I say, Work it through.  You have woven something deep.  How can you think it can be ripped out?” She shares aphorisms on a gamut of subjects, including art, writing, music, friendship, work, even commercialism and talent.  “Talented people demand intense relationships,” she writes.  This is so true.  She continues, “They must talk deeply and be emotionally honest at all times…If they are not working at their art, they are working in their mind.”  And as for creativity, she reveals that there must be urgency in the artist’s message, as well as passion and love, necessary to awaken imagination, otherwise the craft can feel like an arduous job.  Spirituality is another core topic.  On this she writes, “How long our own inner lives take to manifest is solely dependent on how much of our own anxiety we are ready to give up.”  She urges readers to rely on their hunches, and ultimately, to rely on themselves. Her aphorisms continue to flow, one into another, until we come to the end:  the last topic she tackles is “The Future.”  She sums it up in a poignant meditation. “My face tells me that time is not infinite,” she says.  “One must do what one intrinsically believes is important now.  There is no time to do otherwise.”  I took her advice about the future, and knew that from time to time I would return to her words again, when the mysteries of life would stump me.