Jeff Kripal is the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University and the author of the introduction to Whitley Strieber’s upcoming book "Solving the Communion Enigma." Here, he tells us about the new mythical figures of our age, the superheroes, supervillians and ‘dangerous strangers’ that populate our imaginations and–in the form of apparent aliens and ‘others’ of all kinds–our lives. "Mutants and Mystics" includes a chapter on Whitley Strieber that he has called "the best thing ever written about me," and here Whitley and Jeff speculate in a completely new way about how it is that a living presence could be penetrating our lives through the medium of myth and imagination.
This discussion is so intense that it was capable–at least for your Dreamland editor–of acting as a kind of conjuring experience. By the time I had finished listening, I felt as if a very real door had opened in me that has been closed all of my life. Unlike 99% of the people talking about things like alien presence, Jeff and Whitley actually understand this stuff and can communicate its very real energy just in their voices. Forty five utterly amazing minutes.
Whitley says on the back cover, "I found the light that poured from these pages as blessed as it is breathtaking."
Find out more about Jeff Kripal and his work on his website.
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