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Televisionary Oracle Paperback – March 1, 2000
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"Brilliant! Absorbing! Wildly useful! Rob Brezsny gets my nomination for best prophet in a starring role. He's a script doctor for the soul."—Marisa Tomei, Academy Award-winning actress
"I am deeply inspired by the illuminated words of Rob Brezsny. He is a word wizard for the soul."—SARK, author/artist Succulent Wild Woman
"A book so weird it just might drive you stark raving sane."—Robert Anton Wilson
“I’ve seen the future of American literature and its name is Rob Brezsny.”—novelist Tom Robbins
“Brezsny holds his own place next to cultural shamans like Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, William Burroughs, and Ken Kesey.”—Popmatters.com
“Like a mutant love-child of Jack Kerouac and Anais Nin, Rob Brezsny writes with devilish humor, spiritual audacity, and erotic intensity. The Televisionary Oracle is a kick-ass gnostic tale. Prepare to be astonished.”—Jay Kinney, author of Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions
“The Televisionary Oracle’s heroine, Rapunzel, is one of recent literature’s sexiest female protagonists.”—Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque
“Millions of people already live their lives in accordance with Rob Brezsny’s ‘Free Will Astrology’ prophecies. But the time has come for a deeper dose of Brezsny’s brain. Enter this temple if you dare!”—David Ulansey, author of The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries
“Rob Brezsny is contemporary literature’s Sage Against the Machine.”—Good Times, Santa Cruz, CA
“The prose is poetic, circular, dancing, combining the narrative voices of Anais Nin, Tom Robbins, and David Ignatow.”—Rain Taxi
“What Rob Brezsny does with words is grammarye, the Old English term for magic. With his strange brew of macho feminism and poetic rationalism, Brezsny weaves a yarn crazy enough to be true and real enough to subvert the literalist virus of cynicism now immobilizing the collective mindscape.”—Antero Alli, author of Astrologik, Angel Tech, and The Vertical Oracle
“Smart and insane, The Televisionary Oracle takes you on a wild inner journey that makes you ask the question, have I done any good in the world? It also makes you wonder, how does a man know so much about the psyche of a woman? A marvelous book. A must read.”—Grainne Rhuad
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Read this book. Pace yourself; It's like very rich fudge, or an amazing amazon adventure. I feel like writing Rob and requesting an "I survived the Televisionary Oracle" t-shirt. Then perhaps the perfect passing beauty and truth fan will reverently, respectfully kiss ME underground.
Goddess Bless all B&T fans past, present and beyond.
It's true that "The Televisionary Oracle" has storylines that resemble the kind of plots found in what are typically called "novels." But the book is really more of a memoir, or rather a double memoir narrated by a hero and heroine who take turns unveiling their improbable yet engaging life stories.
The book is also stuffed with a host of other genres: oracles that manage to be both dead serious and wryly wacky; lucid dreams that purport to cast spells on world political leaders; spiritually correct porn; philosophical treatises that are utterly lunatic and crisply logical; and prophecies allegedly delivered by a descendant of Nostradamus' cook. It counsels the reader on how to avoid being victimized by the genocide of the imagination, offers an enthusiastic endorsement of St. Paul's creed, "I die daily," and outlines techniques by which you can "kill the apocalypse." There's even a covert guidebook called "A Feminist Man's Guide to Picking Up Women."
The book definitely isn't for everyone. There's not a single murder, violent act, rape, crashed car, attempted suicide, outbreak of drug abuse, terminal illness, arson, or crime. That alone will make it taboo to more than half the population. But I'm insane enough to think that beauty, truth, justice, liberation, pleasure, and demented acts of benevolent trouble can be interesting, which is why I loved "The Televisionary Oracle."
The extent to which this book(and Free Will Astrology - sign up for the free weekly email! Now!) has altered my perception of reality cannot go understated. Rob Brezsny is a man traversing the furthest frontiers of human nature. If you are capable of regarding this book as an experiment with what it means to be a human being, then you may be able to appreciate it. I am serious when I say that Tel.Or. could be a textbook for students of consciousness studies.
It also helps to dig poetry. On the level of language, this book transcends so many linguistic dimensions that I am unwilling to say any more on the subject.
Appreciating this book is also greatly abetted by an appreciation of spiritual experiences. Brezsny is unquestionably an immensely spiritual man, and this pours into his writing like twenty-three Biblical floods. The whole notion of the author/reader dichotomy is thoroughgoingly minced.
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Totally off the wall and totally on target. Mind-blowing and heart-opening.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love Bob! He is pretty trippy dippy and this isn't your average run of the mill stuff so if you feel like you wanna shake things up in your life come ride on this train!Published 10 months ago by Daniel P Casey
IT'S OVER WRITTEN... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! SORRY ROB I SORT OF LIKED IT...Published 11 months ago by matthew murphy
Rob Brezsny offers a breath of fresh air with each page.Published 22 months ago by Mr. Jonathan Fessler
What can I say? It's not for everyone but I f'in love this book. So many great lines and ideas, I have post-its on almost every page. Read morePublished on August 1, 2014 by Wendy R.