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Recommended Reading 25

We have quite a varied assortment of reading this week, including: an article about a brilliant reclamation of an abandoned Wal-Mart building for a wonderful counter-purpose; an analysis of Burning Man’s sociocultural-mythological function; a report on widespread distrust of the United States around the world; a fascinating interview with a psychologist on the nature and reality of synchronicity; news about the launch, in Poland, of the world’s first magazine devoted entirely to the real-world study and practice of exorcism; an engrossing essay by Jonathan Franzen about solitude, literature, and the inner life in today’s frenetically extraverted culture; a report on a visionary art community and project in Santa Cruz; reflections from poet Robert Creeley on the value of LSD to creativity; and an excerpt from Gary Lachman’s new biography of Madame Blavatsky.
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Recommended Reading 23

This week’s bumper crop of excellent reading and viewing includes: an essay on the past, present, and future of apocalyptic expectations and their measurable impact on real-world religious and secular circumstances, including our present geopolitical prospects; a fine examination by Charles Hugh Smith of the moral-and-monetary corruption infecting not just the “1 percent” but everybody else in America today; a look at America’s super-rich and their secession-like alienation from life on the ground in the nation at large, even as their ruling grip on it has tightened into a stranglehold; a revealing look at the way much of academia has sold itself out to professional sophistry in the service (and pay) of corporations; two pieces about Burning Man, one focusing on its relevance to evangelical Christians and the other on its history; an article exploring the reasons for science fiction’s enduring gravitation toward dystopian storytelling; and a breathtakingly brilliant short film in the dystopian SF vein by none other than Blade Runner director Ridley Scott’s son, Luke Scott.

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