A man who built a soaring wooden tower in Maine declaring that the structure had religious or utilitarian purpose tells his story, describing how and why he constructed the tower as a monument to his own self-reliance. He is the founder and publisher of Pushcart Press and the editor of the acclaimed Pushcart Prize series. He lives on Long Island and in Maine. This may be the quirkiest, most rambling and yet most charming self-help book that will appear this year, given that the advice is on raising one's own vertical sanctuary for the relief of stress, vertigo and a loss of the will to believe. Having recently built a Maine summer cottage, Henderson, founder and editor of the Pushcart Press, set out during a particularly stressful period to build a tower by hand, with mostly scavenged supplies and no power tools.
ISBN 13: 9780865476141
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Inspiring meditations on the human drive to build skyward, from a man who did it himself " There are hundreds, if not thousands, of tiny towers to appreciate. You remember how as a child you made them out of sand or blocks or tin cans. Two inches or 3, feet, the size of the tower is of no importance. All are mere pebbles on the earth's surface.
Bill Henderson had an epiphany one day after buying a plot of land high atop a hill in Maine overlooking the sea: why not build a tower "for no reason"? For this lapsed Presbyterian, it all made sense. With his spiritual life in neutral, his marriage struggling, his daughter growing up, a tower was no less appropriate than, say, hiring a shrink or buying a fast car. Ignoring the fact that he knew little about construction, and armed only with a hammer, a handsaw, a tri-square, a tape measure, and a rope, he set about erecting a modest tower upon his not-so-modest hill. Tower is Henderson's down-to-earth study of a sky-high subject that celebrates the dreamer in all of us.