The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

December 24, 2011

December 24, 1955

Gary Lachman, a New Jersey native, was born on December 24, 1955. He has written a pile of books on occult subjects, as well as gained fame as a rockinroller with the band Blondie.

In his book, A secret history of consciousness (2003) we find a cat's attention held up to a mystical analysis:

If no one plays with it and nothing else arouses its attention, a cat will stare into space and eventually fall asleep. Compared to it, the viewers of the worst sitcom are virtual Prousts.

Lachman's biography of Ouspensky --In Search of P.D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff (2006) is one of a long list of books he wrote, including:

The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus: From Ancient Egypt to the modern world .(2011)
The Dedalus book of literary suicide: dead letters, (2008)
Rudolf Steiner: an introduction to his life and work (2007)
Jung the mystic: the esoteric dimensions of Carl Jung's life and teachings (2010)
and (as a contributor) Around the Outsider: Essays Presented to Colin Wilson on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday.(2011).

Busy guy--is he looking for something or hiding from something?

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