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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #3060 on: October 08, 2020, 06:33:05 pm »
I LOVE Erik Davis. I haven't actually read any of his stuff but I've listened to tons of podcasts which interview him.


Here's a link to his incredible Gnosis Now! series, about gnosticism: https://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php/topic,38598.msg1425999.html#msg1425999


Here's a presentation where he talks about Philip K Dick
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=263803811610504&ref=watch_permalink

I enjoyed the whole thing, but if you were only gonna listen to 5 minutes of it, the stuff right after 1:05 is nice and chewy


His appearances on the Aeon Byte podcast are good too

Sweet! Thanks for the links. I didn’t know about any of these.

Started  listening to the Gnosis Now! Series. Pairs well with having read the Nag Hammadi scriptures this past weekend (still have the library book too, so I can follow along with the readings like a good nerd).

Will give the other podcasts a listen at some point when my son’s nappin’. (Or otherwise, sometimes he’s oddly entertained by stuff like that. He can’t talk yet, but has watched some lectures and interviews with me and giggles at the dudes talking about stuff. He thinks Philip K Dick is especially funny. Possibly just funny looking, but still, makes momma proud).
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #3061 on: November 25, 2020, 08:57:44 pm »
I recently read High Weirdness and thought it was fantastic. I've been really into both RAW and PKD for a long time (and read about half of the published Exegesis), and I've read a couple McKenna books, so it was sort of surprising to me how much in HW was new. If HW feels too straightlaced for you, I recommend Davis's Nomad Codes, which is a collection of articles he's written for various publications over the past 30 years. He draws on some ideas developed in Nomad Codes in HW without actually really explaining them, so reading the one certainly casts light on the other.

Right now I'm almost finished with McLuhan: Hot and Cool, an anthology of reviews of/essays about McLuhan's three major works. For something targeted at McLuhan fans, it contains a whole lot of critical perspectives. Some of them are awfully petty or seem to seriously miss the point (or simply claim that they don't want to live in a world where McLuhan's points have any validity and that McLuhan is therefore a bad person), but a lot of them mirror my own perspective on him: that he's brilliant but sloppy, and that it's very useful to read him in order to challenge your own thought, so long as you don't simply take his claims as true. (I feel this way about Zizek as well.) Some folks spent a lot of time ragging on McLuhan's prose style, claiming that he is a "bad writer", which I don't understand at all -- unless it's part of this tendency McLuhan himself described where Literary Men consider wordplay to be below them (a tendency that seems to have died out at least in popular treatments by the 70s or 80s).


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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #3062 on: December 22, 2020, 07:25:38 pm »
I'm reading A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears).  It's about how a bunch of Libertarians took over a small New Hampshire town in order to create a Free Market utopia, with predicable (and hilarious) results.  It's really well written, and a lot of fun.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #3063 on: February 18, 2021, 12:05:58 am »
I'm finally reading "How to Be an Anti-Racist", and it's really great.  He shifts the POV in such a way that really shows how "racism" is a verb, not a noun.  It's a shift that reminds me of the old days when I still had RAW on a pedestal.  Even if you believe you aren't racist, you should read it anyway, because it's a really wonderful new way of understanding and communicating.