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Colin Wilson at Parabola: Richard Smoley reviews Beyond the Robot

Posted in Introduction, Notebook with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2016 by Gary Lachman

Here’s a link to a thoughtful and constructive review of Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson by my friend and colleague Richard Smoley, author of How God Became GodForbidden Faith, and other works on western esotericism. Richard was for many years an editor at Gnosis magazine and is now editor at Quest and his book Inner Christianity is a classic. My review of How God Became God can be found in the September-October issue of New Dawn, no. 158.

Are you an Outsider? Find out at Reality Sandwich

Posted in Introduction, Notebook with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2016 by Gary Lachman

The good people at Reality Sandwich have posted an excerpt from my new book, Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson,  on their website. It’s taken from Chapter Three, “Breakthrough and Backlash,” and introduces the key figure in all of Wilson’s work, the Outsider. Who or what is the Outsider? Click on the link and find out.

Secret Teachers at the New York Journal of Books

Posted in Introduction, Notebook with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2016 by Gary Lachman

Here’s a review of The Secret Teachers of the Western World at the New York Journal of Books.  I am glad the reviewer pointed this out: “This narrative of the history of these ideas could be stultifying or confusing for non-specialists and the curious. Luckily Mr. Lachman creates a history of ideas that fascinates and excites.” That’s what a good history of ideas should do.

The Outsider Returns

Posted in Introduction, Notebook with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2016 by Gary Lachman

Here’s  a sneak preview of the cover of the new edition of the book that started it all, Colin Wilson’s The Outsider, with a new foreword by me. It will be published later this year by Penguin Random House, who are also publishing my introduction to Wilson’s life and work, Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson. Needless to say it was an honour for me to write the foreword, as it was to write my forewords to Wilson’s brilliant phenomenological novels The Mind Parasites and The God of LabyrinthLast year I was asked to write an Introduction to Gurdjieff’s classic spiritual adventure story, Meetings With Remarkable Men. I count myself lucky to be able to introduce these important works in the evolution of consciousness to a new generation of readers.

Secret Teachers Review at Publishers Weekly

Posted in Introduction, Notebook with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2015 by Gary Lachman

Here’s a review of my new book The Secret Teachers of the Western World at Publishers Weekly. I hope you enjoy it and please, do not keep it a secret…

On the Meaning of Life

Posted in Introduction, Notebook with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2015 by Gary Lachman

I was asked by the Excellence Reporter to answer the question: What is the meaning of life? No small query, to be sure, but one we have to answer at some time or another. Here’s my shot at it.

A Review of The Caretakers of the Cosmos

Posted in Introduction, Notebook with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2015 by Gary Lachman

David Fideler, author of an important new book, Restoring the Soul of the World, has written a review of my book The Caretakers of the Cosmos, for the journal Parabola. If you’re not familiar with the book, perhaps the review will pique your interest. And if you do know it, that’s all the better.