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The Physics of Dark Shadows: Time Travel, ESP, and the Laboratory Paperback – June 1, 2008
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Frank Borzellieri is an American author, professor of journalism, and political columnist and former elected member of a New York City school board. He is a graduate of St. John's University, where he attended on a scholarship. He has been published in major publications such as USA Today, the New York Daily News and Newsday and has been a columnist for the Leader-Observer newspaper chain in New York City. He is the author of "The Unspoken Truth: Race, Culture and Other Taboos", "Don t Take it Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies" and "Lynched: A Conservative s Life on a New York City School Board." He is also the co-author of "It Happened in New York." He has appeared on many radio shows and television programs including Leeza , Ricki Lake , 20/20 , Geraldo Rivera Live , Fox Sunday Morning, the Jackie Mason Show, Good Morning America, Good Day New York, the Richard Bey Show, and Michael Moore's TV Nation. On radio he has been a frequent guest on the Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes, Bob Grant, and Curtis Sliwa shows. A sports fanatic, he has appeared many times on the Ann Liguori radio program on WFAN in New York.
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Was I surprised at what a jewel this little book is. I say little book because it is less than 100 pages long but it is packed with all sorts of references to the series and the actual science that supports what was depicted in Dark Shadows in creative ways. Walking down a twisted staircase ("worm hole") into the past? Peering into a cabinet as a means for remote viewing? Opening a room but being unable to cross an invisible barrier to enter while you can see yourself and others interacting in a parallel universe? You know what -- I didn't remember a lot of these references to Dark Shadows because after the first year, I went off to college and had a job at the same time, so I didn't have the opportunity to keep up with the series in the following years. Reading this book renewed my interest in what I had missed and I have since purchased the coffin box with entire set of DVDs and watched them all. The Dark Shadows series was incredibly inventive and really incorporated a lot of science and scientific theories of Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and many others into events in very creative ways.
This book is written in an interesting information way. I recommend it.
I found Frank's writing style for this book ponderous and tedious. I waited this long to buy his book because I wanted to buy a used copy. I worried that the racist organization AmRen would profit from it (another publishing company published this, though). As for its "informative, scientific" stuff --it is OK, but it is a good thing I had just watched the new Cosmos on Fox TV, because it did a better job of explaining relativity and time travel and the twin paradox (info I've known since the 1960s, but Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Cosmos did an excellent demo on it). Reviewers here gave Frank props for including that limerick about "the young lady named Bright," but Cosmos had it too, as did every other astronomy/physics class I have had since the 1970s, and many books on the subject, and a college telecourse.
It is about time Frank finally did a BOOK on Dark Shadows --when I first met him at a Dark Shadows Festival, he lured me up to his hotel room with the promise of a free book, --problem is, I believe it was his first book, The Untold Truth. He didn't figure me for a liberal bent. He never gave me the book either, I had to Google him to figure out who he was and what he wrote. Shocked is what I felt when I did.
I have read bits of articles he has written about his favorite actress on the show, Lara Parker (Angelique), and expected those articles to be included here. I expect he is planning that for a future book. Those would be worth buying.
I hung out with him when he was just a Festival guest, like the rest of us. With this book, Frank is now a part of the Dark Shadows Festivals, since he has fulfilled his dream of becoming closer friends with members of the cast. I think that may have been his biggest reason for just throwing this together. But I bet I could write a much better one than this; maybe not the same subject, but just more fun.
This work is along the lines of an article that devotes a few paragraphs to each of various topics, none with enough material or depth to give more than what amounts to a definition of the topics, rather than a real explanation or elaboration of the topic. One of the longest sections, five pages, is devoted to the Amityville Horror tale, maybe because the author had already written a chapter about it for a book he previously wrote. To quote the author, and the quotation marks are his own within this quote, "When `researching' for this book, therefore, I simply went back over material I already knew."
One thing the author seems to think he knew about is remote viewing, which he touches on in his section titled Clairvoyance. To quote Mr. Borzellieri: "Interesting ancillary observations of all these experiments concluded (sadly, I suppose) that very few people are good at remote viewing or clairvoyance, but those who are, are truly gifted."
However, Chapter 4 in the book Mind Reach, by Russell Targ and Harold E. Puthoff, two of the main remote viewing researchers at the Stanford Research Institute, is titled "Looking for Gifted Subjects; It Turns Out They are All Gifted!" On page 104 of that chapter the authors say:
"It will help to keep in mind that so far we have not found a single person who could not do remote viewing to satisfaction. Of course, there are differences in each person's ability - as there are in the ability to sing or play the piano; some subjects are more consistently reliable, others get better faster. The indications are that this is a widespread human talent, and chances are that you will be amazed at your own psychic ability."
In all, this is a not badly written booklet that is not entirely without merit, as it did give some things to think about, but that will in no way satisfy either Dark Shadows fans, or someone with a sincere interest in physics. There are mentions of particular occurrences in Dark Shadows, but not enough of these references. Someone with a real sincere interest in this subject, and not just, I presume, a monetary one, could have done a much better job.