Book reviews written in 2007 by Brendan Tripp.Titles covered in this volume are:
The Equinox, Volume III, Number 10Aleister Crowley / Hymenaeus Beta X°
The Wheel of TimeGeshe Lhundub Sopa
Kalacakra TantraGeshe Ngawang Dhargyey
Black Holes and Time WarpsKip Thorne
The Practice of KalachakraGlenn H. Mullin
Freedom In ExileHis Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tibet: The Sacred RealmLobsang P. Lhalungpa
Mountains of the Middle KingdomGalen Rowell
Wisdom and CompassionMarylin M. Rhie & Robert A. F. Thurman
Healing and the MindBill Moyers
The Monuments of MarsRichard C. Hoagland
Might is RightRagnar Redbeard
The Andean CodexJ.E. Williams
The Wheel of TimeCarlos Castaneda
The Active Side of InfinityCarlos Castaneda
Mending The Past And Healing The Future with Soul RetrievalAlberto Villoldo
The Demon-Haunted WorldCarl Sagan
Moral MinorityBrooke Allen
The SecretRhonda Byrne
The Four Agreementsdon Miguel Ruiz
Creating MoneySanaya Roman & Duane Packer
The Power of NowEckhart Tolle
Spirit & ReasonVine Deloria, Jr.
The Power of IntentionDr. Wayne W. Dyer
Fearless LivingRhonda Britten
Careers for New Agers & Other Cosmic TypesBlythe Camenson
The Law of AttractionEsther & Jerry Hicks
Letters to a Young ContrarianChristopher Hitchens
The Selfish GeneRichard Dawkins
The Mind's SkyTimothy Ferris
Libertarianism In One LessonDavid Bergland
Art & PhysicsLeonard Shlain
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a LeaderJohn C. Maxwell
Who's Looking Out for You?Bill O'Reilly
Mayan Vision QuestCynthia MacAdams, Hunbartz Men & Charles Bensinger
Sacred JourneysJennifer Westwood
The Jesus DynastyJames D. Tabor
Real Success Without a Real JobErnie Zelinski
The Cosmic LandscapeLeonard Susskind
The Englishman's HandbookIdries Shah
The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy PeopleDavid Niven, Ph.D.
A Devil's ChaplainRichard Dawkins
Useful IdiotsMona Charen
Mind SightsRoger N. Shepard
Parenting Beyond BeliefDale McGowan
The Whole ShebangTimothy Ferris
ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other PoemsOscar Wilde
Great Speeches by Native AmericansBob Blaisdell, Ed.
The Genealogy of MoralsFriedrich Nietzsche
BeowulfR. K. Gordon, Trans.
Chicago Then And NowElizabeth McNulty
The NibelungenliedD.G. Mowatt, Trans.
The Constitution of the United States with the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of ConfederationR.B. Bernstein, Intro.
Letter to a Christian NationSam Harris
McIlhenny's GoldJeffrey Rothfeder
Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings of Thomas PaineThomas Paine
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be RepublicansAnn Coulter
From Clocks to ChaosLeon Glass & Michael C. Mackey
(oops - not enough room here - see the full list at EschatonBooks.com)
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About the Author
Brendan has been very active on-line from the very early years of the Web, and has published a good deal of his poetry on his blog, which he began in 2000. This, from time to time, included reading audios of various poems. Due to the large number of pieces involved, this has never been been systematically addressed, but that is an element that is being considered for future development, possibly through a Blog Talk Radio channel, or via YouTube videos.
As is evident from even a cursory reading of Tripp's poetry, most of this is dark, brooding, anguished, and fraught with despair. Eventually the process of giving these sorts of inner states a physical form began to take a toll, creating something of a neuro-linguistic feedback loop of increasing morbidity, and around 2004 he took the dramatic step of no longer writing poetry on a regular basis.
After having composed so much for so long, this came as quite a shock to Tripp's system, and the various publishing projects that he had in the works (including a web site with three decades' worth of poems) fell by the wayside. It was only in the past year, following his being hired to consult on a book project, that the idea of using one of the now easily-accessible on-demand publishing services (Amazon's "Create Space") came up, and he has begun the major process of developing new editions of these annual collections.
While Brendan Tripp has no plans to resume writing poetry, he is quite interested in getting his "life's work" out there, both in print, and eventually in e-books and other media. Tripp lives in Chicago where he is a consulting Marketing Communications pro, and freelance writer. He can be found all over the Internet as "BTRIPP" (except for where he's not).