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23.5 Degrees: And Now For Something Completely Different

A Book Review With a Touch of 23.5 Degrees.

By Stella Maris     August 08, 2009


Happily ensconced with a pile of books and a jug of Pimm's.
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Okay, I know this is going to come as a shock to some of you, but I had so much fun doing last week's book review, that I've decided to spend the rest of my summer vacation actually reviewing books for Mania's Books section!
 
However, in the spirit of doing things a bit differently over here in 23.5 Degrees, I wanted to specially feature books from a small independent publisher called Inner Traditions.
 
Founded in 1975, Inner Traditions has played an important role in the "alternative" genre over the years by publishing material that more commercial publishing houses might have considered to be too unsustainable. Their more well-known authors are Margaret Starbird, Rupert Sheldrake, and Robert Temple, among many others.
 
You can see from their catalogue here that they publish books on a wide range of subjects ranging from Ancient Mysteries to Religion & Philosophy to Science & Nature in addition to fringe subjects. They even have a section on Sacred Sexuality and Tantra which some Maniacs might find inspiring, having read some of your discussions on the forum.
 
My favorite section, as you might have guessed, is Templars and Secret Societies, which I have loaded up on books from in preparation for the release of Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, in September.
 
Having grown up in Washington, DC, where I also spent my bohemian university days, I'm currently entranced by The Secrets of Masonic Washington by James Wasserman, which I’m going to review next, in case any of you want to follow along. Could Dan Brown himself have used Wasserman as a reference in preparation for his latest masterpiece? It won't be long now until we find out...
 
In the meantime, I'm happily ensconced with my pile of books and a jug of Pimm's, reading to my heart's content in a balmy London summer haze.

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StarlightGuard 8/8/2009 5:45:30 AM

tantra...sacred sexuality...I don't know what I should reference first: Finch from American Pie, or The Librarian from Unseen University as he was sleeping in the bowels of the library in "Eric"

all kidding aside, I'll have to browse this publisher's titles

ProfessorW 8/8/2009 11:19:31 AM

Can't wait.  Have a Pimms for me!

StellaMaris 8/9/2009 1:28:51 AM

Hey Starlight, nice to read you again! In this credit crunch crisis I think it's important to support the smaller publishers who are there because they believe in what they are doing. In times like this, we need to nurture fresh ideas... I'm getting tired of the formulaic bandwagon-jumping recycling to make a fast buck. 

I think I need to cut back on the Pimm's, though, because I'm having too much fun and not reading enough...

StarlightGuard 8/9/2009 5:03:10 AM

I'm always here Stella, even if I don't leave a comment, I'm always here.

I can't say anything on the Primms....as I know nothing about the drink. (Except that Father Jack Hackett loves it.)

burn that bandwagon baby...a woman after my own heart

hell I'm reading through Dead Seas Scroll deception....when I have the chance....I also have to start on The Jesus Papers....not to mention others....but I'm always willing to find new and interesting books that are, honestly, partially over my head

 

StellaMaris 8/10/2009 1:41:28 AM

It's good to know you're here, Starlight!

Ah... our pal Baigent. Ironically, his new book is coming out in Sept, which is coincidentally the same month that Brown's new book is coming out.

Yes, I think that September will be an interesting month in 23.5 Degrees... 

Don't worry about the Pimm's... just drink beer. Beer is Art!

RogerXXII 8/15/2009 4:13:11 PM

 I'm all for supporting small publishers IF they aren't the sort that knowingly publish complete crap out of financial desperation.

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