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The John Michell Reader: Writings and Rants of a Radical Traditionalist (Paperback)
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The John Michell Reader: Writings and Rants of a Radical Traditionalist (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 21/05/2015
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A countercultural icon of the 1960s, John Michell (1933-2009) was perhaps best known for his books on sacred geometry, Earth mysteries, and unusual phenomena. He was also beloved and reviled for his radical, idealistic, yet classically traditional views on a wide range of heretical topics, from sacred practices of the Stone Age to the evils of the metric system to the madness of modernity and the unfolding apocalypse.

Carefully selecting 108 of Michell's most insightful, erudite, witty, and occasionally scathing essays from his column in the monthly magazine The Oldie, esoteric scholar Joscelyn Godwin presents a colorful collection of Michell's writings and rants that cover nearly every aspect of society, history, and traditional wisdom. In these short essays, Michell takes on agribusiness, Darwinism, superstition, Stonehenge, the insanity of modern society, UFOs, Jesus, fairies, the Grail legend, among many other topics. No matter how small the topic under consideration, Michell always takes a larger view on it, illuminating it with light from above.

Godwin's artful selection and ordering of essays reveals Michell's overarching grand view of the world at large. We glimpse the heart of Michell as idealistic Platonist and radical traditionalist, absorb his common sense lessons for living in tune with the divine order, and are reminded that the elusive "paradise of the philosophers" of ancient times is still within reach for those with the strength of vision to see it.

Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
ISBN: 9781620554159
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
Edition: 2nd Edition, New Edition of <i>Confessions of


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A self-styled Merlin of the 1960s counterculture who inspired disciples like the Rolling Stones with writings about UFOs, prehistoric architecture and fairies . . ." * New York Times *
"In this interesting collection, full of memorable details, John Michell commits many charming acts of political heresy against the received wisdoms of contemporary life, advocating by example where freedom still resides." * Richard Heath, author of Sacred Number and the Lords of Time *
"Joscelyn Godwin has shown exceptional empathy with Michell's worldview in his judicious arrangement of the writings." * Patrick Harpur, author of The Secret Tradition of the Soul and The Philosophers' Secret Fire *
"Refreshingly original, yet genuinely grounded in tradition. John Michell is wise, mischievous, and amusing. He has expanded the frontiers of British sanity and enriches the lives of those who know him and his works." * Rupert Sheldrake, author of Morphic Resonance *
"Forget trepanning, John Michell opened my third eye years ago. His revelations and the mysteries he touches upon are in my head forever--life would be dead dull and probably impossible without this extra and true dimension." * Candida Lycett Green, coauthor of The Garden at Highgrove *

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