A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival by David Earle
Dancer-choreographer David Earle is an icon of Canadian culture. This lovely, nonlinear “scrapbook” compiles his observations from a 50+-year career, travel photos, documents of performances, and other mementos. Earle writes:
"I have collected memories, feelings, and images for many years, and have been looking for the most appealing way to share them. I must now give form to the epic piles of handwritten notes and pictures that surround me.
When I first envisioned this book, I imagined having some broad, general advice to share. Entering into it, I find that no generalizations are possible. As we have witnessed, generalizations can be dangerous to human Life.
So this Handbook is really a scrapbook of those subjects that challenge and reward me: dance, teaching, Martha Graham, music, art, creation, Life, Love, ecstasy itself . . .
It is intended for the curious, the hungry - for those wishing for another window on Life’s possibilities.”