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GUEST PRESENTER: MAC TONNIES
If you haven't been introduced to author,
essayist, and blogger Mac Tonnies yet, then it's about time. Mac's
After the Martian Apocalypse, about Mars exploration and artifacts,
was just released by Paraview Pocket Books and has received praise ("A
stunning survey of the latest evidence for intelligent life on Mars," said
Herbie Brennan, while David Jinks said "Tonnies' approach to the complex and
heated debate over extra-terrestrial artifacts is masterful in its simplicity").
His website is loaded
with intriguing ideas, book reviews, and artwork, and his blog,
contains that and more (it promises "Hot Memes Daily"). This month, Mac
guest-edits our monthly media guide and shares the popular science books,
Morrissey CD, and films that inform his worldview.
MAC TONNIES' TRANSFORMING MEDIA PICKS
I'm a huge David Cronenberg
The Fly and
Dead Ringers are a couple of my favorites. And I like
David Lynch's enduring vision of a hidden reality lurking just beneath
the humdrum veneer of "normal" existence.
I can relate.
One of the best, possibly "undiscovered" popular
science books I've read recently is David Darling's lyrical
Equations of Eternity, a small book that addresses big cosmological
questions with rare finesse. He traces the evolution of consciousness here on
Earth and wonders if we somehow play an integral role in the universe's
structure. Even better than Carl Sagan at his prime, Darling expands on the
awe-inspiring fact that we are an inseparable aspect of the Cosmos, not mere
I was also delighted with Michael Cremo's
Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory --
not because I necessarily agreed with its assertions, but because it made me
think. Too often eminently worthy books about "weird" things are dismissed
because they seem unproveable. But if a book can change the way I think, then,
for me, it qualifies as a success. I like being thrown intellectual curveballs;
I have an inherent admiration for writers who can make me see the world anew.
Not having a TV, music is a big part of my life. I
think it manifests in my writing, if only obliquely. My best musical purchase of
the year so far is Morrissey's
You Are The Quarry. No, it doesn't have much to do with aliens or
cosmology, but I can remove it from my stereo only with a great deal of
(More topically, there's a quote from an R.E.M. song in the front of
After the Martian Apocalypse.)
What’s New at Paraview
Save the Date
Paraview Pocket Books authors promise to enlighten and entertain, and on August
14 they will do so in person at the Heritage Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The day-long symposium "Exploring
New and Provocative Horizons" will cover topics as diverse as holy men
of the Middle East, dream interpretation, cryptozoology, the myth of the free
press, and transcendent sex.
Gods and Goddesses in Love by Agapi Stassinopolous "reaches into the
depths of women and draws out the juicy goddess in each of us." -- Eve Ensler
In the News
Fortean Times is chock-full of Paraview authors and controversial
ideas. Loren Coleman presents the "The Mothman Death List," which examines the
links between Mothman sightings and strange happenings. Plus, Nick Redfern
stalks the Gargoyle of Glastonbury and lives to tell the tale.
See you next month!
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