Leonard Wolf, a retired professor now in his early eighties, is the kind of person who likes to use a medieval astrolabe, dress in Basque shepherd’s clothing, and convince otherwise sensible people to quit their jobs and follow their passions. Leonard believes that inside everyone is an artist, and that happiness in life depends on valuing and acting upon one’s creative impulse. In The Treehouse, her most personal book yet, Naomi Wolf outlines her father’s lessons in creating lasting success and happiness, and offers inspiration for the artist in all of us.
Drawn from Leonard’s lecture notes, the chapters of The Treehouse remind us to “Be Still and Listen,” “Use Your Imagination,” and “Do Nothing Without Passion,” and that “Your Only Wage Will Be Joy” and “Mistakes Are Part of the Draft.” This is a journey of self-discovery in which the creative endeavor is paramount.
The Treehouse is a stirring personal history, a meditation on fathers and daughters, an argument for honoring the creative impulse, and a unique instruction in the art of personal happiness.