For those who mourn for Margot Adler

Short version: Read Heretic’s Heart. Now. Long version: Yesterday, in my post on the death of Margot Adler, I mentioned that her book Heretic’s Heart was next on my reading list. Today, I unexpectedly had a free hour between medical appointments. I had the book on my iPad, so I started reading. I was only a few…

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Learning from Margot Adler

On the evening of Tuesday, July 15, 2014, I interviewed Margot Adler over the phone for my research on the biography of Isaac Bonewits. After the interview, I posted on Facebook: “Wow. It was like my interviews with Oberon and Morning Glory: you want to listen to them forever.” I didn’t learn much about Isaac that would…

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Two Occult Experiences

Believe me, I wish I was about to describe two mystical experiences in my life. Instead, I’m going to talk about two films named “The Occult Experience.” I watched them because of fuzzy memories of what I read in Isaac Bonewits papers. I knew Isaac had appeared in “The Occult Experience”; I also remembered reading a protest…

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When I Read the Book

When I read the book, the biography famous, And is this then (said I) what the author calls a man’s life? And so will some one when I am dead and gone write my life? (As if any man really knew aught of my life, Why even I myself I often think know little or nothing of…

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Setting a deadline

I haven’t posted recently about my work on the biography of Isaac Bonewits. In fact, you may have noticed that I’ve involved myself with projects that are clearly work-avoidance: the private server and the jewelry shop. I have the mild excuse that the shop might offset the research costs for the biography, but there’s a more direct…

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Gratitude, with fireworks

Last night, the Fourth of July, I went to a friend’s house in Ridgewood NJ. Aside from the pleasant company of the hosts and their guests, their home is only a couple of blocks away from the town’s annual fireworks display. When it got dark, we walked to a parking lot and watched the fireworks as they…

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