“It’s The World That’s Strange”
Barbara Ehrenreich talks to Jeff Sharlet about her new book, mysticism, secrecy, and science.
Mystics Wanted. Apply at #mystex
In Barbara Ehrenriech’s new book Living With a Wild God, she discusses a mystical experience she had as a teenager that affected the rest of her life in unexpected ways. In honor of KtB founder Jeff Sharlet’s interview with Ehrenreich, published as this week’s feature, we would like to launch the #mystex tag. Have you…
Letters still coming in about Stephen Prothero’s piece Why I Am Not A Mystic. This from Kevin in Colorado: Stephen Prothero’s reflections “Why I’m not a Mystic” are beautiful. Thanks to him and to KTB for sharing them. And from Martin Olson ( martin-olson.com) Odd coincidence. I’ve lived in a place like that. I know…
Journey to the End of the Night
The sounds of the soul stretch from 16th-century Spain to David Lynch’s LA.
The Sapphire in Hildegard’s Wine
On the frontispiece of Hildegard von Bingen’s Scivias, the nun is propping her feet on a stool—perhaps to elevate her knees high enough to compose the first strokes of her fantastical visions. She is sketching on a wax tablet, dictating to the monk Volmar (her secretary of sixty years), Hildegard scholars tell us, and an…
Searching for Sufis
When you look for mystics in a war-torn land, you might find them hiding right in front of you.