At WisdomFishing, we embrace wackiness with a deep meaning. Thus we introduce Fuck, YES! A Guide to the Happy Acceptance of Everything by an unidentified author (possibly Tom Robbins) writing under the pen name of “Reverend Wing F. Wing M.D., Ph.D.,D.D.D.,L.L.D.,D.V.D and much much more.”

A customer review of this book on says it all: “This is either a great satire, a thoroughly enjoyable read, or the Holy Instrument of the True Light. Or, all three. Only those of us who can accept the crass vulgarity of the first Word as well as the Unifying Inclusion of the Second Word will find out.”

And another: “This book bills itself as, ‘The only self-help book you will ever need’. It chronicles the transformation of a down-and-out lower middle-class American man named Norris who assumes the identity Reverend Wing Fu Fing, shepherd to the lost sheep of the world. One day, after he has lost his latest job and he feels utterly despondent, Norris suddenly experiences an epiphany of sorts: He realizes that it is far easier to say, ‘Yes’ to almost any question than, ‘No.’ Thus begins a truly bizarre odyssey which takes the newly-christened Reverend Wing Fu Fing through a series of brushes with the law, sexual escapades, and strange social encounters that rivals Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 in its layers of complexity.

“Underneath the hijinks and escapades are some genuine gems of social commentary, as well as wry hints at psychological symbolism. For instance, at one juncture in the text three sisters who bear an uncanny resemblance to Freud’s id, ego, and superego make an appearance. While this book probably doesn’t quite live up to its billing as ‘the only self-help book you will ever need,’ it does provide a refreshing dose of parody of the current self-help literature, while simultaneously showcasing some genuinely powerful experiental scenes and making a number of useful global political and social points.”

“The protagonist is a great character. At once to every man easy to identify with and at once someone whose weaknesses become quickly apparent.”

This book is quintessential sixties stuff. It is a wild ride, brilliantly and energetically written, thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and certainly not for the women in your life. I give this book to any friend who turns 60. I wrap it in plain brown paper and put on a sticker which reads,

Notice to Recipient
This gift is not for the faint of heart. Like the Old Testament it is, on occasion, extremely politically incorrect and sometimes offensive to women. Recipient agrees not to identify or to attribute any of the views expressed herein to the Donor. Read at your own risk.


The book is getting harder to find and you will find expensive listings. Cheaper copies can be found on the websites of secondhand booksellers. If there are enough requests for Fuck, Yes! the Publisher might run another printing.

Finally, the central message does get obscured from time to time by the special effects but the thought has some resonance. When, after a little serious thought the result of which is not to dismiss an idea out of hand, you ask yourself “should I?” the answer “Fuck, Yes!” may well be a good one. This is the “just get up and dance” school of thought. It is not a principle for living from the “leap before you look” philosophical tradition.

The Lost Art of Listening
By Michael P Nichols

 Hey, listen up! To quote again from a Web review:

“One person talks; the other listens. It’s so basic that we take it for granted. Unfortunately, most of us think of ourselves as better listeners than we actually are. Why do we so often fail to connect when speaking with family members, romantic partners, colleagues, or friends? How do emotional reactions get in the way of real communication? This thoughtful, witty, and empathic book has already helped over 100,000 readers break through conflicts and transform their personal and professional relationships. Experienced therapist Mike Nichols provides vivid examples, easy-to-learn techniques, and practical exercises for becoming a better listener–and making yourself heard and understood, even in difficult situations.”

This was an unusual read for me. It was highly recommended and in thumbing it I found that I liked the style that it is written in. It took me some time. This is not the kind of book I can’t put down. In fact, it is the kind of book I read a few pages at a time.

What intrigued me is that there were many things I wanted to underline or that I wanted to remember. I constantly found myself agreeing with what was written. This could be a bad sign.

I liked it. I hope you will, too.