Tranquillity and Ruin

McLauchlan, Danyl


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Author: McLauchlan, Danyl
Imprint: Te Herenga Waka University Press
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781776564118

Danyl McLauchlan wanted to get closer to the hidden truth of things. But it was starting to look like the hidden truth of things was that nothing was real, everything was suffering, and he didn't really exist. In these essays Danyl explores ideas and paths that he hopes will make him freer and happier - or, at least, less trapped, less medicated and less depressed. He stays at a monastery and meditates for eight hours a day. He spends time with members of a new global movement who try to figure out how to do the most possible good in the world. He reads forbiddingly complex papers on neuroscience and continental philosophy and shovels clay with a Buddhist monk until his hands bleed. He tries to catch a bus. Tranquillity and Ruin is a light-hearted contemplation of madness, uncertainty and doom. It's about how, despite everything we think we know about who we are, we can still be surprised by ourselves.

'McLauchlan is likely the most intelligent essayist in New Zealand . . . and this is likely to be the most thought-provoking book of non-fiction published in New Zealand in 2021.' -Steve Braunias, ReadingRoom


  1. Scorpio Books

    “This man is a GENIUS and yet completely relatable. The thoughts and experiences gathered in this collection are enlightening and entertaining. McLauchlan is knowledgeable, articulate, honest, open-minded AND funny. If he ever starts a cult I’ll be the first to join up. Read this book!” Bel @ Scorpio Books

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