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Paraview Media Guide
AUGUST 2004

Paraview Media Guide is a monthly guide to books, magazines, websites, and other media that capture your attention, expand your mind, and transform the world. Leading experts in mind, body, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture present their media picks. This free newsletter is distributed by subscription only. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or obtain sponsorship information, please see instructions at the end of this newsletter.


GUEST PRESENTER: MAC TONNIES

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, Posthuman Blues, 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 fan; 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 passive observers.

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.

Must-Hear Music 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 difficulty.

(More topically, there's a quote from an R.E.M. song in the front of After the Martian Apocalypse.)

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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.

New Release
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
The newest 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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