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Posted October 11, 2007
Alan Watts had the Gift of Gab and a Giant Mind
I've got an original hardcover copy of this book and have just finished it. Alan Watts went on his own journey, exploring the world of belief, thoughts and ideas in his own idiosyncratic way. A man with a massive ego, dry sense of humor, vast intellect, not afraid to admit his weaknesses and self-doubts, Watts' life story is fascinating, informative, and, not surprisingly, scattered with philosophical inquiry that stimulates the reader into further investigation. Watts (1915-1973) went through many changes in his belief system and how he looked and acted. The photos of him during various time periods are a wonderful illustration of a person going from a straight, conformist appearance to that of a kimono-wearing, bearded free-thinker. His influence on the counterculture in America in the late 50's to mid 60s is undeniable. And, the guy is a great writer. It is this writing skill and his ability to communicate Eastern thought clearly, in a non-woowoo way, that makes him such a pleasure to read. Highly recommended if you are interested in Zen, Taoism, and the early Human Potential Movement in America.
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