December 21, 2012
Book of the Millennium: Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.
My straightest, most no-nonsense, data-driven, Western logic-worshipping friends--i.e., talented engineers who wear galoshes in the office on rainy days and are only half-joking when they say the liberal arts are a waste of time--were amazed by this book. What if the most fanciful stories and myths about the Earth, Cosmos and the gods were true all along? New Yorker Daniel Pinchbeck is the only writer in the West who could have sorted out New Age fluff from authentic and usable traditions and keep the most cynical reader on edge for all 420 pages (Tarcher, 2007). This is not only a diligent review of ideas about human consciousness down through the ages, Pinchbeck is a hipster, intellectual and elegant writer with a first-rate mind. It's as if Kerouac or Flaubert had Einstein's smarts and vision.
Posted by JD Hull at December 21, 2012 03:12 AM