Saturday Evening Posts
April 18-24 Edition
How A Bird Changed My Life 2
Some years later, Bach was awakened by some mysterious force. He took out the unfinished manuscript and started to write.
The story is now complete.
It was quietly published in 1970. The book was so low-key that it was virtually over-looked by major reviewers – but the novel’s success was phenomenal and unprecedented. Jonathan Livingston Seagull soared to the top of the bestseller lists – and stayed there for almost a decade.
Here’s an inexplicable sidelight: The book was categorized under “Non-fiction.” Then again, nothing is more true that “The most important thing in living was to reach out and touch perfection.”
For those who still haven’t read the book – oh boy, you guys don’t know what you’re missing! – it’s essentially the story of talking seagulls. You might say it is an allegory of the highest order.
“Most gulls,” says Bach, “don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it is not eating not mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.”
To Be Continued Next Saturday
Jonathan Aquino's Journals
March 3, 2015, Tuesday
The 1978 classic "I Will Still Love You" You by the Canadian rock band Stonebolt is special to me. I'm hearing a revived version on the radio. But the original is what I wrote about it in my story A Special Moment. This is the one with with the happy memories.
I Will Still Love You
"When the moon disappears forever, and the sun shines electric blue,
and the mountains and trees tumble into the sea to rest there for eternity,
no matter what you do, I will still love you..."