News Notes, Updated October 25, 2016

by Richard Grossinger on December 29, 2012

I am in NYC from October 24 till November 9th, doing a pre-election event with Daniel Pinchbeck at Alchemist’s Kitchen November 7th: healingtheelection.splashthat.com.

 

 

A new version of my book New Moon appears this month (September 2016). New Moon is my original, core book, my story about growing up in New York, discovering my second family and their hotel in the Catskills, changing my name from Richard Towers to Richard Grossinger, and going to Amherst College where I met my wife-to-be, Lindy Hough. It is also a coming-of-age tale, bridging the 1950s and 1960s and mapping a transition between eras as backdrop for my own growing up.

If you read the 1996 hardcover, this is a very different manuscript. It has been changed by 1500 hours of work during which I shortened the time frame, transferring the last hundred pages to my other memoir books, and sharpened the detail and tightened the meter in the rest.

The original New Moon was a faithful rewriting of my high-school and college tales twenty years later in the eighties and nineties. This rewrite adds another layer of depth. In particular, I have filled out characters, events, and landscapes, and dug more discretely into certain elements, particularly psychoanalysis, baseball, and tarot.

Here is a link to my discarded Afterword, some of which was used in the book: http://www.richardgrossinger.com/2015/11/new-moon-afterword/.

 

In an era of global displacement, institutionalized violence, and sexual flagrance, I wonder about the relevance of a narrative set in the nuanced and quixotic fifties and sixties. Yet when I go back to the mysteries and wonderments of this text, I realize that our stories, innocence, and intimacies are all we have. Our willingness, our enthusiasm even, to live what we are born into is what heals us and gives us hope.

A good story is a prayer that feeds the gods. Its message back to them is thank you, this world is a magical and redemptive place, despite its many enigmatic appearances and atrocities to the contrary, for our yearnings are universal and speak to a covenant we share. Somewhere amid déjà vus, riddles, oracles, intimations, and elusive nostalgias are the alchemical ingredients of life on Earth.

This is my own telling of a myth at the level of a campfire story, or a science-fiction overlay, parable, or rock ballad. Its possibility is its melody, hauntingness, and sincerity, what those tell of an enigma that can’t be solved, can only be lived.

 

New Moon’s landscapes feature 1950s New York City (P. S. 6 and Bill-Dave Group among the venues), Camp Chipinaw (also Camp Swago, Camp Wakonda, and Camp Kenmont), the Nevele and Grossinger’s in the Catskills, Horace Mann School, Arista Teen Tours (across the US and Canada in 1962), Amherst College, the Sullivan County Democrat, Robert Kelly’s salon near Bard College, Stan Brakhage’s Rollinsville cabin, and Aspen, Colorado, circa 1965. Its themes include games, comics, and teen detective series of the 1950s; coercions of Hebrew School and Color War; a parallel search for sacredness and meaning in baseball, rock ’n’ roll, science fiction, and tarot; a transition through Freudian psychoanalysis to Jungian symbols and literary and shamanic magic; survival in a family in which both my mother and brother later committed suicide; the shadow of atomic war from Los Alamos through the Cuban crisis; adolescent alienation and fear; teen romance and courtship in a changing era.

There are numerous smaller venues: the Wizard of Oz and Dragons of Blueland; Central Park; clouds, stones, and planets in high-school science; speedskating and ice hockey; experimental films; Teilhardian and Gurdjieffian cosmology; the search for Bridey Murphy; interpretation of dreams; political and spiritual awakening; going on my first date to the game in which Roger Maris hit his sixty-first home run in 1961, and so on

Among my writings New Moon differs from books like Planet Medicine, The Night Sky, Embryogenesis, and Dark Pool of Light in that it is purely novelistic and anecdotal and relies on aesthetics of voice and view without a backup subject matter. As my attempt to write a literary nonfiction novel using the material of my life, it rests solely on its story-telling and narrative drive, yet it gives rise to the constructs and themes of my later topic-oriented books. It is also the cornerstone of my larger novelistic trilogy in which all three books are ambitiously literary while also psychospiritual and visionary.

 

Out of Babylon is the story of my larger family with an emphasis on the history of Grossinger’s, my brother’s transit from prep quarterback to mental patient to street person, my mother’s and brother’s suicides, and my search for my real father (who was neither my stepfather nor the legal father whose name I carry). A revised version of the 1997 book is underway.

Episodes in Disguise of a Marriage is the direct sequel to New Moon, the story of Lindy’s and my fifty-plus-year relationship and our initiation together into adult life.

New Moon pays homage to the novelists and poets of my adolescence: Robert Penn Warren, T. H. White, James Baldwin, Robert Lindner, D. H. Lawrence, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, as well as to Bobby Darin, Dion & the Belmonts, Paul Anka, P. D. Ouspensky, Carl Jung, A. E. Waite, Stan Brakhage, Arthur Clarke, and without my knowing it, J. D. Salinger, whom I somehow imitated without reading. I wrote lyricisms, epiphanies, and dirges akin to the ones that sustained me during those years.

Out of Babylon pays homage to William Faulkner, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Charles Olson, and Herman Melville.

Episodes in Disguise of a Marriage pays homage to Robert Creeley, Robert Kelly, Annie Proulx, Nadine Gordimer, Anita Shreve, William Blake, Pat Conroy, Orhan Pamuk, Vladimir Nabokov and, embarrassingly, Erica Jong insofar as I tried to write a more sincere and nuanced version of Fear of Flying.

In all three books I am shooting for a complex, seamless literary epic in which changes of tone and voice reflect shifts of consciousness. New Moon is the entry point and, for now, the only available book (other than earlier versions of itself and Out of Babylon).

 

I am writing this letter because I need readers. No longer the active publisher of North Atlantic Books, I have less control over the destiny of my work. While I was publisher, I could put out my books despite a less than commercial level of sales. Now I have to hold up my end of the bargain and troll like any other writer for readers.

I have no doubt that the books are worth your investment of time and money and, in a different era, would have fared better. But it isn’t a different era—it is an Internet, sound-bite world, and books in general, particularly large old-fashioned books, are falling by the wayside. In order to complete my trilogy, I need New Moon to succeed in the world.

Please do really purchase New Moon. If it is available to you no other way, go to the North Atlantic Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Penguin Random House, Indiebound, or the bookstore of your choice. For North Atlantic, use http://www.northatlanticbooks.com/shop/new-moon/. For Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/New-Moon-Coming—Age-Tale/dp/1583949852/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472554779&sr=8-1&keywords=new+moon+coming+of+age.

This edition is distinguished from the original by having a subtitle A Coming-of-Age Tale, a cover by my old Goddard College student, painter James Rauchman (in place of the Jungian mandala on a black background), and a paperback format. Ignore the snipey reviews of the old edition; I have taken their relevant criticisms into account in rewriting.

If you like New Moon, tell friends about it. Try to rouse viral interest.

Of course, I will give copies to some of you on this list, but that amounts to ten people. I won’t have enough for everyone. Even if you know I will give you a copy, please at least help spread the word.

 

I am going to send this letter to pretty much everyone in my email inbox regardless of relevance, and in small groups and one by one rather than in a large group mailing, to avoid spam filters. In a few cases I will add a note, but mostly not because that would be too time-consuming.

Thanks much,

Richard Grossinger

North Atlantic Books published a retrospective Io anthology in November 2015. This marks the fiftieth anniversary of Lindy’s and my launching the magazine in Amherst, Mass, in 1965. The anthology has prefaces by us and by both our children: Robin Grossinger and Miranda July. Yes, there are typos and errors (for instance, some of the contents of the Dreams Issue, Io/8, appear under Mars: A Science Fiction Vision, Io/9), but it was a massive job compiling it and working from documents that needed to be converted into digital form. Io was last published in 1976, but work from subsequent Io-numbered and related anthologies was included in this new book. If interested, check out Io Anthology: Literature, Interviews, and Art from the Seminal Interdisciplinary Journal, 1965-1993, edited by Richard Grossinger and Lindy Hough.

Other recent material can be found in my selected Facebook posts on this website.

Pluto anthology, Table of Contents

Introduction Richard Grossinger

  1. Pluto on the Borderlands Dana Wilde
  2. Pluto and the Kuiper Belt Richard Grossinger
  3. New Horizon … for a Lost Horizon Richard C. Hoagland
  4. Pluto and the Death of God J. F. Martel
  5. Hades James Hillman
  6. Pluto (excerpts) Fritz Brunhübner
  7. The Pluto/Persephone Myth: Evoking the Archetypes Gary Rosenthal
  8. Old Horizons Thomas Frick
  9. The Inquisition of Pluto: A Planetary Meta-Drama in One Act John D. Shershin
  10. Pluto and the Restoration of Soul Stephan David Hewitt
  11. Our Lady of Pluto, the Planet of Purification Jim Tibbetts
  12. Love Song for Pluto Shelli Jankowski-Smith
  13. I Feel Bad about Pluto Lisa Rappoport
  14. Pluto Robert Kelly
  15. Pluto Maggie Dietz
  16. Falling in Love with a Plutonian Dinesh Raghavendra
  17. Dostoevsky’s Pluto Steve Luttrell
  18. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Philip Wohlstetter
  19. Plutonic Horizons, or My Sixty-Nine-Year Search for Planet X Philip Wohlstetter
  20. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Jonathan Lethem
  21. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Robert Sardello
  22. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Ross Hamilton
  23. What the Probe Will Find, What I’d Like It to Find Jeffrey A. Hoffman
  24. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto College of the Atlantic Students
  25. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Nathan Schwartz-Salant
  26. The Ten Worlds of Pluto Charley B. Murphy
  27. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Timothy Morton
  28. The End of the World Timothy Morton
  29. My Father Pluto Robert Phoenix
  30. Pluto is the Reason We Have a Chance Ellias Lonsdale
  31. Pluto: Planet of Wealth Rob Brezsny

About the Contributors

 

 

August 10, 2014

My new book, the revised and much enlarged version of The Night Sky, this time under the subtitle Soul and Cosmos (the last time it was The Science and Anthropology of the Stars and Planets) will ship from the printer tomorrow. However, because of the lag-time between the printer and Random House distribution’s full processing, it will not go to customers until September. (August 20: I received my first copy on August 18 and, after getting up early the next morning to absorb its physical reality, I added this note to the end of my piece on it in Watkins Mind Body Spirit Quarterly (“Writing The Night Sky”):

“Finally, in looking at the first printed copy and making my peace with the tininess and ephemerality of the artifact as compared to the vastness of the vision and its space-time object, I realize that whoever dictated this book—and I am neither joking nor being falsely modest, believe me—is a lot smarter and has a much higher security clearance than me.

 

The Night Sky: Soul and Cosmos (pub. date in August 2014). This is a revision of the 1981 Sierra Club and 1988 J. P. Tarcher editions.

 

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bernadette Mayer

Note for the Reader

Introduction to the 1981 Edition

Introduction to the 1988 Edition

Introduction to the 2014 Edition

I. Histories and Philosophies

1. The Night Sky in the Human Universe

2. The Night Sky as View

3. Scientific and Occult Astronomy

4. Ancient Astronomy

5. The History of Western Astronomy i. The Sun in the Center

6. The History of Western Astronomy ii. The Planets

7. The History of Western Astronomy iii. The Gravitational Field

8. The History of Western Astronomy iv. The Stars

9. The History of Western Astronomy v. The Elements

10. The History of Western Astronomy vi. The Space-Time Continuum

11. The History of Western Astronomy vii. The Atom

12. The History of Western Astronomy viii. The Big Bang

13. The History of Western Astronomy ix. Pulsars, Quasars, Black Holes, and Hyperobjects

14. The History of Western Astronomy x. Creation

15. Language, Mind, and Astrophysics: The Phenomenology of the Night Sky

II. Planets

Introduction

16. The Solar System and Sun

17. Molten Worlds: Mercury and Venus

18. Rocky Habitation Zone: The Moon, the Earth, and Mars 19. Gas and Ice Giants: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

20. The Moons and Rings of Jupiter and Saturn

21. The Moons of Uranus and Neptune, Pluto and Other Kuiper Belt Objects

22. Astrology

III. Mythologies and Legends

23. Star Myth

24. Science Fiction I: The Origin of Celestial Worlds

25. Science Fiction II: Self and Cosmos

26. Science Fiction III: Jesus of Nazareth

27. Flying Saucers, Crop Circles, and Extraterrestrial Life

Blurb from Brian Swimme

“Richard Grossinger’s new book, The Night Sky, should be heralded as the publishing event of the decade. This is a book that has the power to change your relationship to the universe. I would even say it has the potentiality to participate in the evocation of a new civilization. You should know from the start that it is not an easy read, and I am not referring to the cutting edge science which is all presented with great clarity. In fact, the real difficulty in reading The Night Sky is directly related to its power, for to understand Grossinger’s vision of the universe one needs to open up the soul in ways that have been forgotten, ignored, and even explicitly oppressed by Western civilization for over 400 years now.

“Let me make a prediction. In the far future, when humanity has found its way beyond our present hyper destructive industrial form of society, and when historians are looking back on the 21st century to identify the crucial events that showed the way, The Night Sky will be very high on their list. I especially hope the young creative personalities of our time find their way here. To them I make one more prediction. You will have a wide range of experiences as you read. Sometimes you will be thrilled by the energies and structures of the universe, sometimes you will simply marvel at how much our contemporary sciences have discovered, sometimes you will be confused by the wide range of experiences and interpretations offered, sometimes you will argue against the vision in the book, sometimes you will argue for, but most of all as you swim about in The Night Sky you will find yourself exploding with new ideas, your own fresh ideas, new ideas sparked into existence by your interaction with this profound work that serendipity or just pure chance has placed in your hands.” Brian Thomas Swimme, Program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness — California Institute of Integral Studies

Our trip across the continent (June 26-August 2) is detailed in my travel blog “Driving the Labyrinth” on this website.

 

 

News Notes (June 1, 2014)

Lindy and I sold our Berkeley house and will be leaving for Maine on June 27. We are planning to drive east and take a meandering route through southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Michigan, Ontario, and Quebec. I will post our itinerary when it is definite. We moved to Berkeley from Vermont in June 1977 with children 8 and 3, who are now adults in their forties with children of their own.

In terms of projects, I have finished the revised edition of The Night Sky and it will be out in August. It combines a book on the history and anthropology astronomy, a book on the solar system, and a book of star myths, science fiction and UFOs, so it came out to 800 pages. I plan to rewrite Out of Babylon next and perhaps work on a  fourth volume of Dark Pool of Light.

Maine Psychic Group

My psychic group  meets at 7 PM on Tuesday nights in Manset when I am on Mount Desert (next meeting in spring 2015).  Inquire if interested. Everyone is welcome.

2013

In his three-volume work Dark Pool of Light, Richard Grossinger weaves neuroscience and the phenomenology of being and reality together with psychospiritual views of “that single thing which is most difficult to understand or vindicate: our own existence.”

Dark Pool of Light Volume One addresses the mystery of how subjective consciousness gets into a material universe to witness itself objectively in egoic systems. In particular, it gauges the various degrees and qualities of gap between mindedness as an experiential state and the brain as a physical object, calling out the schizophrenia of scientists who assert that consciousness is a mirage while living as if they themselves are real.

Volumes Two and Three explore the remote ranges and exquisite meanings of consciousness, whether it is real or not.

Volume Two leads the reader from a consideration of the psychic aspects of everyday life to engagement with energies outside the human range.

Volume Three addresses mortality and the nature of evil while presenting a unified theory of the universe that includes consciousness.

Dark Pool of Light: Reality and Consciousness: The Convergence of Physical, Philosophical, Psychological, Psychospiritual, and Psychic Views

Table of Contents

Volume One

The Neuroscience, Evolution, and Ontology of Consciousness

Introduction

Chapter One: What the Fuck is This?

Chapter Two: The Scientific View of Reality and Consciousness

Chapter Three: Consciousness: Everything and Nothing

Chapter Four: Degrees of Consciousness: Protoconsciousness, Preconsciousness, and the Freudian Unconscious

Chapter Five: Systemic Consciousness: Nonconsciousness and the Loss of Consciousness

Chapter Six: Qualia or Zombies?

Chapter Seven: Consciousness as an Emergent Phenomenon: The Psycholinguistics and Phylogenesis of Meaning

Chapter Eight: The Quantum Brain

Chapter Nine: The Ontology and Cosmology of Consciousness

Chapter Ten: The Subtexts of Science

Deleted Scenes

 

Volume Two

Introduction

Chapter One: Theosophy and the Hermetic Tradition

Chapter Two: Psychic Tools

Chapter Three: We Are Already Psychic

Chapter Four: The Seven Planes of Consciousness: Human Home Energy

Chapter Five: The Seven Planes of Consciousness: Frequencies Above the Range of Ordinary Experience

Chapter Six: The Seven Planes of Consciousness: Tuning Outside the Axis of Human Home Energy

Chapter Seven: Surfing the Operation of the Real

Chapter Eight: Focusing on What Is Happening

Chapter Nine: Buddhism and Theosophy: A Comparison

Hyperlinks

 

Volume Three The Crisis and Future of Consciousness

Introduction

Chapter One: Demonic Entities and Their Symbols of Transformation

Chapter Two: Fear Has Its Own Intelligence

Chapter Three: How Did Evil Get into the Universe?

Chapter Four: One Encounter, One Chance

Chapter Five: Converting Thoughtforms and Riding Synchronicity: Roses, Tarot Cards, and Scapula Bones

Chapter Six: Family Constellations

Chapter Seven: The Cosmic Eternity System

Chapter Eight: We Are In Existence

Hyperlinks

 

New E-books

Migraine Auras: When the Visual World Fails; On the Integration of Nature: Post-9/11 Biopolitical Notes; Embryogenesis: Species, Gender, and Identity; Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings: How the Universe Makes Life; Homeopathy: The Great Riddle; Planet Medicine: Origins; and Planet Medicine: Modalities are now all out in e-bo0ks for Kindle.

On the Integration of Nature, Homeopathy, and Planet Medicine  have new prefaces that I am also posting on this website. All the books have been corrected with minor changes throughout.

The two volumes of Planet Medicine have been reedited and updated throughout for e-books.

The Bardo of Waking Life, 2013: Raising the Earth to the Next Vibration, and New Moon have been  in corrected e-book format and available for a while.

Family

My Wife: Lindy Hough had a new collection of selected poems come out in the spring of 2011.  It is her first book since 1976 and is called Wild Horses, Wild Dreams. Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Horses-Dreams-Selected-1971-2010/dp/1556439628/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1309394777&sr=8-3 She also has a new anthology on granparenting entitled Wondrous Child: http://www.amazon.com/Wondrous-Child-Joys-Challenges-Grandparenting/dp/1583943625/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357225476&sr=8-1&keywords=wondrous+child It  has a video trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PG3FF3Mysw

My Daughter: Miranda July’s current movie is The Future: http://thefuturethefuture.com/. Her new book, It Chooses You, is a series of portraits of Los Angeles PennySaver advertisers: http://www.amazon.com/Chooses-You-Miranda-July/dp/1938073010/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357225562&sr=1-3&keywords=miranda+july. Her current performance piece is New Society. She has a forthcoming novel with Scribners: A Bad Man.

My Son: Robin Grossinger has published a book on Napa County through University of California Press: Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas: Exploring a Hidden Landscape of Transformation and Resilience.

My Son-in-Law: Mike Mills’ newest movie is Beginners: http://www.focusfeatures.com/profile/mike_mills

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