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"Erik Davis is an astute guide through the heavens and hells where cyber-reality, pop culture, and spiritual impulses arm wrestle each other for dominance." — Jay Kinney, author of The Masonic Myth and the Inner West

About the Author

Erik Davis is the author of three other book, Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, Led Zeppelin IV, and The Visionary State: A Journey through California's Spiritual Landscape. He lives in San Francisco.
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yeti Publishing (November 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891241540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891241543
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erik Davis is adept at balancing between full immersion and blind belief, experiencing a myriad of different out growths of cult and cultural with an enthusiasm that never endangers his critical eye. A participant observer par excellence, he brings us with on an odyssey into the subliminal spaces of human expression.

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.
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Erik Davis' is a completely unique voice. No one explores psycho-spiritual and aesthetic subcultures with such penetrating intelligence, profound empathy, and such zest. He covers a wide range of seemingly disparate individuals, groups, movements and impulses, from Burning Man aficionados to Klingon language enthusiasts to Burmese transvestite spirit mediums to H.P. Lovecraft to Reggae Dub madman/genius Lee Perry, and too many others to enumerate, and he reveals how these at-first-glance totally unrelated, obscure nooks and crannies of global culture, are in fact some of the most fascinating attempts at some sort of transcendence. Following this playfully rigorous participant-observer nomad on his inner and outer travels is a journey well worth taking.
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I'm an Erik Davis fan. Have been ever since he was writing for the Village Voice way back when. His essays are always far-out, incisive, very intriguing & stimulating, and superbly written. This is his latest collection: Need I say more? For Burners & related tribes: Erik is the best explicator of the scene, and this collection also contains an essay on the last interview ever held with Terence McKenna, whose mantle Erik has in some ways inherited. However, his interests range far and wide: trance & rave, contemporary spirituality & technology (particularly some of the more poignant examples). For those with literary and artistic inclinations: not only does Erik cover these subjects in depth, but he's got great antennae. You might want to get this book for his recommendations alone...he'll take you down some paths well worth following...although there's so much more to the book than that. What are you waiting for?
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When you shake this psychedelic snowglobe of a compilation, what do you set in motion? Ideas, books, music, drugs, people & things, times & places, beliefs & delusions, rituals & spectacles; the whole panoply of Modern Esoterica, chronicled with the impeccable sensibility of this Meistersinger of the Strange. Always erudite, but never obscure, Davis can wax academic without talking down or over your head. His first book, Techgnosis, is still required reading.

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.
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I'm not sure if I thought this up, or read it somewhere (the curse of the postmodern boy), either way its true;
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.
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