Four-Legged Enlightenment

Is it naive to be surprised at a book made up entirely of 140-character-at-a-time tweets?

    Whiskers, a triangle of pink, a couple of floppy ears: Nosing into your periphery in time for Easter, yet incongruously attuned to an altogether different ancient teacher, comes “Bunny Buddhism: Hopping Along the Path to Enlightenment” (Perigee, $14), Krista Lester’s book of snippets of wisdom to help get you through your day.

    Snippets: Is it naive to be surprised at a book made up entirely of 140-character-at-a-time tweets? Probably. But then again, it isn’t quite “entirely,” the aphorisms broken up and enhanced as they are by illustrations by Durell Godfrey, The Star’s fashion-attuned photog, an inveterate seeker of any and all things of visual interest.

    Neither is cuteness all there is to it. Consider the bracing opening sentence of Ms. Lester’s introduction: “A few years ago, I found myself facing the familiar feeling that life was pointless and I would always be miserable.”

    Depression and anxiety may be the conditions of the age, but at least she did something about it, racking her brain for what made her smile and coming up with bunnies and the contented face of Buddha, which led her to record her thoughts on a Twitter account, and to this book.

    “There are only two mistakes one can make along the path,” one passage reads, “not hopping all the way, and never beginning to hop.”

    There’s wisdom at the root of the adorable conceit. Can’t get out of your own head? Like the song says, you got to move somethin’.

Illustrations by Durell Godfrey