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Stephen Mitchell’s Book Tour: The Second Book of the Tao

For those of you who have questions for Stephen, or just want to say hello to him on his book tour, you can catch up with him in the following places: Portland, OR 2/27/09 Powell's City of Books 7:30PM...

A Glimpse of Stephen’s New Book

He calls it The Second Book of the Tao. The book is now available online and in bookstores everywhere. Here Stephen reads an excerpt from the book: Chapter 8 How do I know that loving life isn't simply a delusion?...

Stephen’s Translations

Stephen sits in front of my computer translating the squiggles into words. He translates email almost as well as he does poetry. Neither makes sense to me. What I love is his patience, as he reads it again, slowly, and...

The Husband Story

If you say that you love your husband, what does that have to do with him? You're just telling him who you are. You tell the story of how he's handsome and fascinating and sexy, and you love your story...

A Reading

I look up, I see Stephen walking into the room with a copy of his new book under his arm. He's happy like a child, delighted with what he sees as the book's production values, what it looks like, how...

A Valentine’s Story

I first met Stephen because Michael Katz said that I needed a literary agent. I said I didn't have a book, so I didn't need a literary agent. But Michael persisted. I liked him a lot, so eventually I said...

All Ways Lead to The Right Place

I'm sitting with friends in the sun, at a table outside Ojai Coffee Roasting Co. My cell phone rings. It's Stephen. He's going to join us. I give him directions: "Turn left, honey, turn right, and look for us on...

A Happy Marriage

Someone asked me what was the secret to a happy marriage. I explained that "happy marriage" is the story that we are believing in the moment, or not. I love the story of "my" marriage. Do you yet? When I...

Book Excerpt: “My Mother Wouldn’t Approve”

Chapter 3 from Who Would You Be Without Your Story >> Are you trying to spare someone’s feelings by denying yourself? Free yourself from that prison. How can you know that they’ll disapprove? And if they do, whose business is...