“Seriously…What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew” by Ken Schenk— Adventures for Non-adventurers

Schneck, Ken. “Seriously…What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew”, illustrated by Dave Perillo, 1984 Publishing, 2017.

Adventures for Non-adventurers

Amos Lassen

Have you ever wondered why you are here? If you have, and I believe most of us have, then you must join Ken Schneck’s club. When he asked himself that question, he decided to find the answer by undertaking an adventure that included visiting rural Uganda twice, signing up for a 425-mile bike ride; stirring up trouble at a Californian hippie healing retreat; and somehow standing up straight with a colossal backpack strapped to his shoulders deep in the backwoods of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. His book is a travelogue of those and other adventures as he searched for meaning and community. Like myself, Schneck is a gay Jew, setting us twice apart from mainstream society (or at least it was that way and not so long ago).

We see here that even thought we passionately want to succeed in whatever we do, it is okay to fail if we continue to keep trying. This is a very witty book that can be read and enjoyed again and again. I cried, I laughed, I felt content and I became angry as I read and to me that is the sign of a good read— a book that makes us emote is a worthwhile book to have in our libraries. I have often wondered what the value of adventure is if it cannot be shared with others. I feel the same way about laughter— it is really great when we laugh with others.

In reading this book we not only learn about the author, we also learn about ourselves and this further shows that we are members of a larger community. In case you have forgotten that, this book is here to remind you.

 

 

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