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I cant think of anything else Ive read which is quite like this book. There are shades of Charles Fort (bizarre & unexplained phenomena) & Colin Wilson (defending various pseudoscientists like Sheldrake). The author also proudly mentions his interest in pulp literature (H.P. Lovecraft, R.E. Howard, and E.E. Doc Smith being prominent themes), role-playing games, and even brags that much of what he is writing is foolish nonsense. All in all, Rossi very much delivers what the subtitle promises. I really enjoyeda few of the essays, and I wouldnt bother adding it to the list if I didnt this was worth a look.Having said that, Rossi tends to make a lot of allusions to historical, mythological, occult, and literary figures, and I think he is trying a little too hard to show the reader just how erudite he is. But often the allusions backfire. For example, he frequently cites the Dogon tribes allegedly anomalous knowledge of Sirius (effectively debunked in the 1970s & 1980s), and he frequently refers to the Necronomicon, a book invented by Lovecraft in his horror stories, as a real document (although to be fair, a number of occultists and internet trolls still insist it is a real book). It is not clear whether Rossi is putting the reader on or seriously believes in these things. Likewise a number of essays dwell on Rupert Sheldrakes bizarre and pseudoscientific theories. Of course Rossi admits that his essays are mostly wild speculation but the suspension of disbelief is only going to work if the author makes an honest effort to make his speculation tenable. Otherwise the reader is putting in more effort than the writer.
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