The radical intellectual and philosopher Norman O. Brown and author Dale Pendell, during walks taken along the coast of California, discuss many concepts and characters, including paganism and world religions, psychoanalysis, modern and ancient cultures, Dionysus, Marx, and Freud. Presented as footnoted conversations.
A global pandemic kills much of mankind in 2021--more than 200 million die in the U. S. in the first month alone. Dale Pendell's The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse takes us on an unprecedented journey 16,000 years into the future of mankind--a future transformed by the warming of the planet and the flooding and climatic changes that result around the world. While Pendell's scope is vast, the imaginative and thought-provoking stories in The Great Bay focus on the lives of people in what was once California, where rising sea levels have formed a great bay in the heart of the state. These stories are not merely a warning--they show how people rediscover the old ways of living and surviving, and the world that emerges is as much utopian as dystopian.
With a verse prologue, followed by 13 scenes, Seeking Faust is a wild, ribald, and irreverent ride through the realms of conjuring and alchemy. Wagner, Faust's assistant, believes his master is still alive and seeks for him with the help of the Serpent, a sexy hermaphrodite born from the homunculus.
In part a nonfiction discussion of the Burning Man festival, in part a poetic romp through Nevada’s Black Rock desert, Inspired Madness is both an irreverent introduction for those curious about the notorious event and an exhilarating reminiscence for veteran "burners." Loosely structured around a week at Burning Man, the book combines a history of the festival with personal stories and social commentary, juxtaposing images and stories to capture a sense of the wild and unpredictable nature of life on the Playa.
Chance, the great beloved of gamblers, lovers, generals and kings, has long held sway over mortal affairs. Whether assuming the form of the goddess Fortuna and her ever-turning Wheel, or the abstract mathematic of 'randomness', Her favor is universally sought, and Her displeasure feared. To the devotee of Chance, Divination may be regarded as Her secret liturgy, providing glimpses of the unknown to those she esteems.
This final volume covers the visionary plants: the contemporary uses of plant poisons, historic cultural lore, and shamanic rites.
FINALIST, 2003 PEN CENTER USA LITERARY AWARD, CREATIVE NONFICTION
WINNER, 1996 FIRECRACKER ALTERNATIVE BOOK AWARD