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An Experiment in Desire The Wishing Year: An Experiment in Desire by Noelle Oxenhandler

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Noelle does an excellent job of weaving the practice and history of wishing into her life and memoir. I enjoyed the way she kept returning to particular things, like the sayings, “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride,” and “Wish in one hand, shit in the other and see which one fills up faster.” Her timing on repetition is impeccable, reminding the reader of key points she has made. This repetition could become annoying with a less nimble writer, but Noelle carries it off beautifully.

This book is making me take a serious look at the role of wishing in my life. It makes me want to wish big.

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Addendum to my GoodReads review:

In addition to enjoying Noelle’s book overall, I really keyed in on the saying, “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.” Turns out that I played with this saying in an essay I wrote called either “Replace Fridge, Wish Granted” or “Of Fridges & Wishes & Feng Shui & Quantum Physics.” Here’s how I added to the saying:

“If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

“But wishes are horses, my dear, you see,

“So decide, baby, ride baby,

“Set yourself free.”