Steven Greenleaf has written a very insightful review of my first book, a collection of essays on Wilsonian themes that Colin Stanley at Paupers’ Press took a chance on publishing back in 1994, unambiguously entitled Two Essays on Colin Wilson. It is somewhat humbling to recognize that one’s juvenilia was written in one’s late thirties – but then I’ve always thought of myself as a late bloomer, at least in terms of writing. Some encouragement, perhaps, to others who have put off getting their thoughts down on paper – or a computer screen – until their later years. Some of the material on William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller later found a home in Turn Off Your Mind and originally started life as an essay for a film class when I was working an a soon-to-be-aborted Ph.D in English Literature at USC. My professor thought my criticism of Burroughs etc was “vitiated by moral snipping” – remarkable what we remember. I doubt if the professor, Leo Braudy, author of The Frenzy of Renown, remembers it though.
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I am the author of many books on consciousness, culture, and the western esoteric tradition; a list of my publications can be found at amazon.com. I write for several journals in the UK and US and lecture regularly in the US, UK, and Europe. My books have been translated into many languages and I appear in many television and radio documentaries. I am a professor in the evolution of consciousness in the Transformative Studies department of the California Institutie of Integreal Studies. In a former life I was a founding member of the rock group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. View all posts by Gary Lachman