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Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica Paperback – November 8, 2010
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I was born in the Bay Area in June of the Summer of Love, and grew up in Del Mar, a town of university profs and mellow longhairs name-dropped by the Beach Boys in 'Surfin' U.S.A.' When I was a teenager, my family moved to Rancho Santa Fe, into a rambling ranch house that lay about a mile from the Spanish Revival mansion where the Heaven's Gate UFO cult later committed mystic suicide. Since 1995, I have lived in San Francisco, where my great-great-great-grandfather I. C. C. Russ disembarked with his family from the Loo Choo in the fortuitous year of 1847. My roots lie in this rootless place.
That said, I spent a good ten years on the east coast, at Yale and then in the freelance trenches of New York City, where I wrote tons about music, philosophy, and television for The Village Voice, The Nation, Details, Spin, and other more or less glossy rags. I started covering virtual reality and Internet culture long before the World Wide Web hit, and wrote the first national piece about Burning Man. I have always been interested in exploring the margins where spirituality, media technology, and culture intertwine, giving us flashes of possible futures.
Essays about this sort of stuff have appeared in over a dozen books, including AfterBurn: Reflections on Burning Man, Zig Zag Zen: Psychedelics and Buddhism, and The Disinformation Book of Lies. For years I was also a contributing writer for Wired.
I have also spent a good deal of time traveling the world, playing music, and fitfully practicing yoga, martial arts, and meditation. In politics and philosophy, I strive to be multi-perspectival; in temperament, I am both enlivening and prickly. I am committed to the life of mind and soul, even in these claustrophobic, competetive, potentially catastrophic days.
Top Customer Reviews
It's rare to find a writer whose work serves as a memory of your own experiences and revelations, but Davis is one who you can return to and find he has already been to those fields you thought untouched. He leaves no obvious markers though, as his writing illuminates what he sees rather than seeking to subvert it into strange propaganda or a perverse party line.
Nomad Codes, hash marks tic'd subtly on the trail to lead the traveler on into the the weird world around them, and recommended without hesitation for all those eager to see into the future of our still living past.
Erik Davis is a modern Virgil, leading all of us wanna-be Dante's through the heavens and hells of modern culture.
Whether it is exploring the Sixth Circle of Hell...I mean California...(Land of the Heretics...see how i did that...sweet huh?)
and touring its stranger "Sacred Spaces", or wandering through Southeast Asia in search of Transvestite Spirit Mediums, he's bringing us along and pointing out the things that matter.
Thanks to his broad knowledge of all things weird (you don't need to take my word for it, go check out his website!) he easily switches between pointing out the cool and discussing its metaphysical antecedents. A bit about drugs here, a bit about deleuzian rhizomes there.
Its all lovely lovely grist of the mill of his churning erudite mind!
This collection is particularly wonderful because it acts as a great sampler of Davisian delights. An amuse bouche to the coming Apocalypse that is American fringe culture.
Get it, read it, cogitate and be smarter.
While the Yeti edition lacks the scholarly amenity of a list of first appearances, and the pricey nicety of an index, I'll still be packing this tasty tome on that generation ship to the stars, for when I want to remember my home planet, so inexhaustibly weird.