THERE'S MORE HERE THAN MEETS THE EYE - AND IT'S WORTH GOING AFTER. That is how Mega Wendell comes to describe the sense about human existence that has been the underlying basis - the motivating premise - for the interior-oriented life of which tebook writing has been a part. It's a two-fold truth, he contends, that can only be approached by going, by making of oneself an experiment, an attempt. In HALF-ASSED MONK, the first volume of Wendell's journal-style tebooks, reader sets out with author on what will be one such experiment - an attempt to show by doing that human beings have the potential for realizing greater realities, and that the effort at such realization can be a reasonable and worthwhile use to be making of one's life. By turns spiritual and philosophical, contemplative and worldly, the life of interior inquiry seen developing here is both a rare actual demonstration of looking purposefully within for answers, and a suggestive and stimulating example of life lived day to day for a self-styled higher purpose. Overall, this is a book for people looking for inspiration and encouragement for their own interior pursuits. Although representative of a dedicated and serious individual effort, the journal format makes this account a shared and companionable experience.