In the studio last week I was talking with John (current apprentice) and Andrew (past apprentice), and in a dreamy, innocent moment I tossed out the hope that people might soon be reading more books. I said this having just got word that Bonsai Heresy: 56 Myths Exposed Using Science and Tradition was printed and on its way to Stone Lantern. With a pitying look John said, ‘No, they won’t be reading more, they’ll just watch more movies!’
And he’s likely right, we won’t be changing our habits…we’ll just do more of the ones we already have. It was a nice moment, though. They really popped my bubble of joy. I’ll have to tell them that.
For you rebels then, the readers, you happy few—help is on the way. Or at least one more book to choose from. Many boxes of Bonsai Heresy will be in Vermont in April, and may be ordered, and read. As a diversion from movies.
So, ‘we’ (the apprentices, myself, the guy who hopefully bet on this book, Wayne Schoech, and a few unrelated strangers) think you should try this one: Bonsai Heresy. It has some loud bits, some quiet bits, some funny bits, a few things you might learn from, a very nice spine width, hilarious illustrations, and although small in dimensions is heavy enough to realistically threaten cockroaches. All of which may take your mind off other things.