Thanks to chongweikk.com for forwarding the link to this Eat, Pray, Love video to an Eddie Vedder song.
And Jennybee forwarded me this interesting (bitchmagazine.org, best URL ever) but, I think, off base article on the film (or perhaps, the book). The author makes many very good points about “priv-lit,” this idea that Oprah and her ilk are poisoning all of womenkind with this false idea that buying things, and traveling the world perhaps, makes you more enlightened.
Eat, Pray, Love detailed Gilbert‚Äôs decision to leave an unsatisfying marriage and embark on an international safari of self-actualization. (Publisher Viking subsidized the ‚Äúunscripted‚Äù yearlong vacation.) Gilbert ate exotic food, meditated in exotic places, and had exotic romantic interludes; both culture clashes and enlightenment ensued, as did Gilbert‚Äôs ham-fistedly paternalistic attempt to buy an impoverished Indonesian woman a house. The book could easily have been called Wealthy, Whiny, White.