|A couple of weeks ago she arrived, this new book called AMBITION. She is shy and skinny and extremely proud of herself in her classy blue and red outfit. But you can tell, from the scarlet A she wears and from her sidelong glance, that she’s self conscious. And no wonder. This book of essays, as the cover points out, examines the dark side of ambition. “Questions about ambition are more urgent now than they have ever been. What is ambition, exactly, and is it okay to be ambitious?”
This book, which Luci Shaw and I have been editing for several years, is the sort of problem kid who “outs” her parents in a crowd, making them look strident and pushy. After all, trying to sell a book about ambition takes a certain amount of ambition.
But the truth is, these essays are remarkable and I can’t wait for you to read them. The ten writers address questions about ambition in a variety of ways and in wonderfully different voices. The pieces range from personal musings to thought experiments and more formal reflections. The writers raise and reflect on the question that I believe lies at our most intimate core of being and at the very center of our culture.
Want to see a picture of the problem child? Here’s a link: http://imagejournal.org/ambition/
And here is a confession: without Dain Trafton, Greg Wolfe, and Lynda Graybeal, there would be no AMBITION. Thanks, guys.