Getting Beyond the Robot at Watkins Bookshop: Colin Wilson, Outsiders, Peak Experiences and More

Here is a link to a video of a talk I gave at Watkins Bookshop here in London on Friday November 11. Watkins is the oldest and most well-known of London’s esoteric and occult bookshops, having catered to a clientele that included W. B. Yeats, Aleister Crowley, and Mick Jagger – Sir Mick, I mean. It’s a landmark spot, on Cecil Court, an atmospheric alley off Charring Cross Road in the West End, lined with rare book stores and memorabilia shops. I talk about my latest book, Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson, to an appreciative crowd. Watkins has a publishing wing and in recent years has released new editions of some of Wilson’s work, specifically The Occult  and Beyond the Occultthey also published one of Wilson’s last works, Superconsciousness.

3 thoughts on “Getting Beyond the Robot at Watkins Bookshop: Colin Wilson, Outsiders, Peak Experiences and More

  1. Here in the US listened to your Arts and Ideas interview. My husband and I were amazed and thrilled by your lucid and fascinating insights into Colin Wilson. I have never read him, but will do so immediately along with your book. How wonderful to have discovered your light in these very dark times.

    1. Dear Meg, I can’t express how much your message touched me. I am an American living in London – have been here twenty years – and I have spent the last few months in a daze of unbelief. And after watching the inauguration I am even more dismayed. To hear from you that somethings I said on the radio have given you some hope – well, that is enough to dispel my dark thoughts and to give me a sense of renewal. Thank you for that. All the best, Gary

  2. When I started G’s Tales of the Beez…gee, I was startled to see the great reverence he gave to parental/ancestrel veneration. I feel the same way…but we all have long stories….lol…that have to be written about. Steven Sahu

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