In Honor of Stonewall—today,
June 28th, a date all lovers of justice, freedom, truth, beauty, and
goodness should never forget—I’m including an email from my friend Joe Perez, whose book
Soulfully Gay I wrote a foreword for
(I’ll include this foreword in an upcoming blog). Joe’s most recent book, Rising Up, is now available as an online ebook (see link below);
both of them are highly recommended.
Check it out…. kw
From: Joe Perez
Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 1:28 AM
To: Ken Wilber
Subject: Re: Final draft of "Rising Up"
wanted to mention that my "Rising Up" book is now available. Below is the press release. Sorry
for the limited advance notice, but I'm striving to hit the 6/28 Stonewall
Sending much love, Joe
P.S.: FYI - my instructor
in screenwriting at the Seattle Film Institute is looking over my screenplay
adaptation of "Soulfully Gay" now, and I hope to have an official
draft in a month or two. It's a tragedy/horror flick in the spirit of "A
Beautiful Mind" and "The Sixth Sense," though these
comparisons don't quite do justice to its originality--I'd be very pleased to
hear comparisons to "The Matrix" and "V for
Vendetta." I'll shoot you a copy when it's ready. Yes, there is
a "Ken Wilber" character in this *fictional* work so it should be a
most interesting read for you. :-)
Joe Perez Aims to Show Integral Thinking
in Action with Print-on-Demand and Ebook Availability of Rising Up at Lulu.com
WA—JUNE 28, 2006—Joe
Perez applies integral philosophy to the most critical issues facing the gay
and lesbian community with the publication of Rising Up in
conjunction with Lulu (www.lulu.com), the world's fastest-growing provider of
released today on the 37th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Rising Up is
a collection of over 120 short reflections on gay culture, politics, and
spirit. The reflections were originally composed as weblog
posts for Perez's blog on integral theory and practice at www.joe-perez.com. The diverse topics
include political philosophy and strategy, cultural criticism, sexuality,
religion, personal development, and integral spirituality.
Rising Up is one of the first works to illustrate
how integral theory--a comprehensive worldview based on evolutionary philosophy
and the mystical core of the world's religions--may be applied in personal,
cultural, political, and social contexts. Religious, conservative, and liberal
outlooks receive extensive scrutiny as Perez points to their limitations even
as he enfolds their wisdom in a higher synthesis.
chosen the print-on-demand and ebook route for Rising Up because
it's a natural extension of the independent and do-it-yourself spirit that has
made blog publishing so revolutionary," said Joe Perez. "I can offer
my readers a book much more quickly than with conventional publishing. And with
material this timely and imperative, readers and authors
alike benefit from the rapid delivery made possible with Lulu."
information or to read sample chapters of the book, see: http://www.lulu.com/joeperez
Rising Up (ISBN: 978-1-4116-9173-5) is available at
a suggested retail price of $16.98 in print-on-demand and $6.25 for ebook.
Media (including bloggers) may request review copies.
Joe Perez (www.joe-perez.com ) has over 15 years of professional writing
experience, including a syndicated column and other freelance writings that
have appeared in a wide variety of gay community publications. He is an Honors
graduate of Harvard
University and has also
attended The Divinity School at The University of Chicago. Rising Up
is Joe's second book and first print-on-demand book.
Joe's first book,
a spiritual memoir entitled Soulfully Gay, will be published in
2007 by Integral Books/Shambhala. In his foreword to Soulfully Gay,
the philosopher Ken Wilber remarked, "Joe Perez's book is perhaps the most
astonishing, brilliant, and courageous look at the interface between individual
belief and cultural values that has been written in our times."
Founded in 2002,
Lulu is the world's fastest-growing print-on-demand marketplace for digital
do-it-yourselfers. Please see www.lulu.com for more information.
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CONTACT: Joe Perez, firstname.lastname@example.org.