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The Mothman Speaks: Candid Conversations Concerning Cosmic Conundrums - Cryptic Creatures, Chimeras, Contactees, and the Cleverly Coded Coincidences of the Collective Unconscious (Volume 1) Paperback – January 11, 2011

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In the 1960s, on a West Virginia backroad, Andy Colvin and his family and friends had encounters with the entity popularly known as "Mothman." Following those encounters, Colvin found that he could draw, sing, and take photographs, and that he had a photographic memory. Colvin was recognized as a prodigy, and was eventually offered a National Merit scholarship to Harvard University.

While attending graduate school at the Univ. of Texas at Austin, Colvin helped found U.T.'s celebrated Transmedia Dept. as well as the Austin Film Society, an organization now credited with bringing commercial filmmaking to Texas. In 1985, Colvin used his tuition grant money to purchase the only 8mm camcorder then available, becoming the first filmmaker in Austin to shoot in the new format. His ensuing documentation of the lives of Austin "slackers" influenced the seminal cult hit that defined Generation X, "Slacker" - a project for which Colvin helped raise funds and equipment. Colvin's band, Ed Hall, appeared in the film and on the soundtrack.

Following graduate school, Colvin worked on Hollywood films, toured with his experimental band, The Interdimensional Vortex League (once named America's "most underground band" by Europe's hip arts magazine, "Blitz"), and began making small, ethnographic documentaries about unusual tribes, subcultures, and personalities. His 25-year study of modern Texans, "Multislack," is due out in 2012.

Colvin's work has been seen or heard in all 50 states, and in several foreign countries. His writing has been featured in various magazines, including Paranoia, The Stranger, and "D'Art," the arts journal for the Church of the Subgenius. Colvin's unique career has been studded with various mind-blowing, synchronistic events, some of which allowed him to study with, or work with, some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th Century, including Nam June Paik, Lee Friedlander, Keith Haring, Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, Robert Anton Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Daniel Johnston, Vito Acconci, Bruce Bickford, and the Butthole Surfers.
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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143927486X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439274866
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Colvin is an eclectic artist, photographer, filmmaker, writer, publisher, and musician who has been called the "Sultan of Slack," the "Sherlock Holmes of Synchroconspiracy," and "one of America's great, pain-in-the-butt original thinkers." Colvin was one of the founders of the "xerox" or "street art" movement now popular in galleries from London to Los Angeles, and was also one of the first "spoken word" artists.

Colvin's often controversial theories have made him a popular speaker on venues like Coast to Coast AM, Ground Zero, Destination America, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, SyFy, NPR, RAI, BBC, and PBS, and have gained him a dedicated "cult" following. In recent years, Colvin has co-hosted popular conspiracy shows like "The Grassy Knoll," "The Stench of Truth," and "The Church of Mabus," often focusing on how the media blends stories to subconsciously "manufacture consent" in the public mind.

Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Fortean author John A. Keel, Colvin has blazed a 21st-Century trail of investigation into mysteries that have influenced mankind for centuries, such as UFOs, creature entities, magic, and the psychology of the human mind. Colvin's approach is unique in that it blends a background of genuine paranormal experience with decades of research into political science, history, media behavior, and sociology. His understanding of art and symbology has, at times, allowed Colvin to connect dots that had previously escaped attention.

Colvin is considered by some to be the leading authority on the mysterious "Mothman" phenomenon, due to his early experiences with the phenomenon and his intensive audiovisual documentation of symbols and synchronicities. Colvin's early "illumination" experiences were almost identical to those of science-fiction authors Philip K. Dick and Robert Anton Wilson, except that they occurred to Colvin in 1967, when he was just a boy. Following these encounters, Colvin found that he could draw, sing, and take pictures, and that he had a photographic memory. He was recognized as a prodigy, and was eventually offered a scholarship to Harvard University.

While in college, Colvin broke ground in several then-new disciplines, such as street art, performance art, and "shamanic conceptual" art. In the early 1980s, Colvin made a splash in the New York art world by taking on the persona of "Whiz," a practitioner of "collaborative art." This unique approach allowed Colvin to actually work in some manner with several notable artists.

While attending graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, Colvin helped found U.T.'s celebrated Transmedia Department, as well as the Austin Film Society, an organization now credited with bringing commercial filmmaking to Texas. In 1985, Colvin used his tuition grant money to purchase the only 8mm video camcorder then available, becoming the first filmmaker in Austin to shoot in the new format. His ensuing documentation of the lives of local "slackers" influenced the seminal cult film that defined Generation-X, "Slacker." Colvin's band, "Ed Hall," appeared in the film and on the soundtrack, and the character of the "obsessed photographer" was based on him.

Following graduate school, Colvin worked on Hollywood films, toured with his experimental troupe, "The Interdimensional Vortex League" (once named America's "most underground band"), and began making small, ethnographic documentaries about unusual tribes, subcultures, and personalities. (I.V. League's latest 2016 release, "Take Off the Shroud: Live at Burningman, SXSW, and Area 51," is a compendium of songs built around the band's early involvement in, and support for, the Burningman Festival.)

Colvin's work has been seen or heard in all 50 states, and in several foreign countries. His writing has appeared in various journals, including Oprah Magazine, Blitz, Paranoia, The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly, The Austin Chronicle, and D'Art, the arts journal for the Church of the Subgenius. Colvin's unique career has been studded with various mind-blowing, synchronistic events, which allowed him to work with some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th Century, including Nam June Paik, Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, Robert Anton Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Daniel Johnston, Steven Feld, Bruce Bickford, Ron English, Frank Kozik, Kal Spelletich, Richard Linklater, Linda Schele, Tessa B. Dick, Kurt Cobain, and the Butthole Surfers.

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They said that Mothman must have been a six-foot-tall owl walking around West Virginia on two feet, rather than flying, as owls are wont to do. Some said it was an hallucination brought on by drugs, alcohol, mental illness or an overactive imagination. However, Mothman was witnessed by too many sane, sober people to be dismissed that easily. Moreover, Mothman seems to have predicted a number of events that came about, including 9/11.

This voluminous tome begins with a series of letters among Mothman experiencers, and it gives us a glimpse into their personal lives as they were changed by a number of strange and possibly paranormal events. Diary entries fill in some of the blanks, but as readers we are free to speculate on things both written and unsaid.

Meticulous research is fleshed out with interviews, in addition to the literature on Mothman and related subjects. The black-and-white photographs help to put faces to the names, including the mysterious Indrid Cold, who might or might not be human.

The index at the back of this book is both necessary and useful.

Andy Colvin has packed a ton of information into a two-pound package.

Mothman Speaks is a fascinating read and the door to infinite speculation. It does offer some answers, but even those lead to more questions. It is a sad state of affairs that, in this supposedly free nation, we are ridiculed and shut out of the mainstream for delving into important subjects like Mothman.

If you still possess a modicum of curiosity about the world where we live, this book is a must read.

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Andy is nothing if not thorough in his work of putting together disparate threads into a tapestry that spans many years and many events. This is not your normal collection of material it is an interwoven story that has a hidden connection that exists alongside everyday reality. Andy got started on his path by paranormal experiences that he and his friends had as youngsters. One of these involved a premonition of a fiery destruction of buildings that corresponded well with the events of 9/11. While the focus of Andy's research has been on the enigmatic entity known as "Mothman", best known for the many appearances in West Virginia in the months leading up to the Silver Bridge collapse he goes much further looking into the people and events around the TNT area of the former West Virginia Ordnance Works, said to be the place that "Mothman" "lived". The movie with Richard Gere muddies some of the details but it did a lot to spread the story beyond just the paranormal community. Andy also does this with his work that starts with "Mothman" and ends with..., well it doesn't end, but it does take you through the byways of American history. This includes conspiracies, the destruction of the Native American mound culture, corporate malfeasance and the Military Industrial Complex, made so famous by Eisenhower and the movie "JFK". Andy takes up the mantle of John Keel the original, on the ground, researcher into the Mothman sightings and the simultaneous UFO flap in West Virginia. This is a collection of interviews with people connected to the story in some, not often immediately apparent, way, as well as some of Andy's many talks on the subject in radio interviews. Highly recommended.
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Creepy and eerie as all get out, this book recounts a lot of the author's seemingly stream-of-conscious musings about the Mothman mythos. But it's written in such a way that it rambles a lot and makes it hard to get into.
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can be a little confusing at times. has a lot of info
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While you (and your eleven closest pals) have been driving bumper-to-bumper, QWERTY-texting copious notes related to nothing of particular value, our man ANDREW COLVIN has been sweating it out in the penalty box producing another handsome layer of radioactive goo to chew (and review).

Sadly, there are no "Dubya as a lizard" rants here. No footnotes to the Denver International airport... But unidentified flying objects are discussed. History buffs are treated to a heapin' helpin' of the Kennedy/Johnson administrations-era cancer awareness.

This fan would love to see Colvin publish with Robert Denton someday. There is no time like the present, as they say. "They" also say we shall all gain immortality once we understand the present moment is infinite. 'Nuff said.

To sum up... Colvin is back at his shenanigans with another sputtering snatchfest of who's who and what's what. We have a list of usual suspects, including Harriet-fu, Vyz-fu, Dave Scott-fu, Greenfield-fu.. Some new ones too. Our author delivers yet another action-packed "Pacfic-Northwestern Salmon Claw in the mist" to the solar plexus.
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