The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are


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"Originally published by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc., in 1966"--T.p. verso.

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Oct 15, 2014

One of his best

This was the first book I read by Alan Watts and now, after reading a number of his collected essays, I think it is one of his best. He had a quick wit and his insights into nonduality and consciousness were well beyond his time.


Jan 8, 2009

Balanced simplicity

I first read this book in paperback in 1985. I've carried this copy in my backpack for years as a reference and reminder to keep things simple in my life. Alan Watts allows us to think past what preconcieived notions we have about ourselves in that we are simply a series of contrasts that is easily explainable. I remembered hearing his recorded lectures on NPR radio back when I was working the graveyard shift at a Santa Monica gas station--that was in 1976. So it was a grand delight have found a hard cover copy on Alibris to put on my bookshelf next to my dog-eared copy of the paperback. It is THE BOOK.

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