This was a gift book, so I was obliged to read. He's formidably well versed on his subject matter, has done his research, and from this drawn his conclusions as to the challenges we'll face.

It's good to see another point of view. While I disagree, fundamentally, I think we'll be going a long ways down the road of cultural apocalypse before we get to those stages, I'm not the authority. 

In any event it's good to read a different, more "optimistic" (??) prediction of the future. He's at least well informed.

This was excellent. A well written history of Magick and it's adherents, less credulous than Montague Summers, and a lot more accessible, but no less informed. Familiar names from history, people I know of well enough to know, Yeats, Crowley, Bulwer-Lytton (think: "A Dark and Stormy Night..." by Snoopy, or the contest by the same name), the formulas - in general and by example in specific, the importance of tradition, the strengthening and prevailing of will, the Magick, often, little more than an avowal of commitment.

There are anecdotes - some quite humorous, for example St. Germain: "There is a pleasant story of him describing a dear friend of long ago, Richard the Lionheart, and turning to his manservant for confirmation. "You forget, sir,' the valet said solemnly, 'I have only been five hundred years in your service.'" and Arthur Machen - "The Astronomer Royal of Scotland, and an elderly clergyman who had succeeded in making the elixir of life thirty years before, but had always been too frightened to drink it. Now that he really needed it, it had evaporated."

And then there is the damning crossover of Magick and the Church, however bad the Satanists were, the Church always managed to outdo them - and very often with their own priests and in their own halls.

It is - as the author asserts - more about poetry and metaphor, the forever evolving and changing currents of thought of which our current "age of reason" - if you would call it that, is just another. There is much to ruminate on here, the author, well reasoned, agnostic, and there are dozens of ideas, scraps, things to be gleaned and winnowed, an excellent history or guidebook if you're inclined to dig deeper...

I thought I'd read it, picked it up for the daughter. But I dipped in, to refresh my memory, and discovered I hadn't. 

It was good, great, not at all politically correct, but therein lies the joy. I enjoyed it, appreciated it, but I've been a couple of years on the road myself and needed a break, this wasn't it. 

Nonetheless it's a great book.

Painting, and it helps to clear the mental noise to have some background, usually "In Our Time" by Melvn Bragg, buy I've exhausted my first picks and sometimes need a break.

So I try listening to David Foster Wallace - readings from Consider the Lobster.

Which is good, but I have to leave off the painting, his narratives are a little too in depth, too engrossing to listen to as background, you need to actively listen. Which is a good thing. There are no great revelations, only his rather grim view of the unquestioned social hypocrisies we all adhere to - I'm probably not his ideal audience, I've considered everything that he discusses, but he goes a little - a lot more in depth than many of his listeners or readers would be comfortable with. Nothing new, nothing you couldn't have figured out yourself if you'd only ask the questions, take the time, but good nonetheless, and his "take" on things is always that of a sane person in an obviously insane world. 

Listening to him, it's no surprise that he killed himself, rather more a surprise that he lasted as long as he did. And you can't help but wonder what he would have thought of the ever increasing insanity of world politics at this moment....He got out at the right time.