Monday, July 19, 2010

The Mountain of Printed Pages Before Me

They spill from their box on my basement floor, taking on the appearance of cyclopean ruins from a bygone age.  Each one an encasement of memes and esoterica, bought for diversion and education.
I spent half of this decade in graduate school.  That left me little time for "pleasure reading."  Yet while my pace of reading slowed down, my rate of buying books did not.  My theory was always this: books do not have expiration dates.  I'll get to them when I can because they'll still be there.  I looked through my box of Fortean-themed texts yesterday and made note of all the books I've yet to read.  It's embarrassing! 

"Top Secret/MAJIC-12" by Stanton Friedman.  The Ufologist I admire most gives us a breakdown of how Majestic-12 came to be and most importantly, who the 12 men were.  It's all based on evidence that I've heard has been called into great question.  I look forward to reading the book and judging for myself.
"Alien Agenda" by Jim Marrs.  Marrs is an authority on all things conspiracy.  Even if I find his theories difficult to swallow at times, I am interested to read his take on the UFO phenomenon.  

"Arktos: the Polar Myth" by Joscelyn Godwin.  I've had this one for a while and how I've resisted reading it for this long is beyond me.  It's a New Age-y view of the polar roots of Nazism, how Hitler escaped to Antarctica, how the UFO phenomenon originates at the poles, and how the Hollow Earth gets thrown in for good measure.  Dope.  I giggle with anticipation just thinking about this one. 

"Abominable Snowman" by Ivan T. Sanderson.  One of cryptozoology's foremost authorities takes us through a sifting between fact and myth in Yeti lore. 

"Nothing in This Book is True, But It's Exactly How Things Are" by Bob Frissell.  A look at the "sacred geometry" of Mars and the alien artifacts found there.  Also claims to go into extraterrestrials living among us on Earth as well as transcendental meditative states.  I swear, folks.  I can't make this stuff up.

This is only a sample of my unread paranormal material.  I haven't even touched my unread fiction books stacked like bricks of a medieval castle.  Right now, I'm still (yes, still) trying to drill my way through the impressive bedrock that is Timothy Good's Above Top Secret and that is by no means a detrimental statement towards the author.  ATS is quite lengthy and dense, but that is due to Good's superbly thorough research.  Add in the fact that I've not picked the book up in three days due to psychological circumstances and the process elongates.  I'll post a full review once I am finished.

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