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Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica Paperback – November 8, 2010
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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.
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.