We open with this podcast with a
discussion about good books, and why we read what we read, and
in particular, how fiction can draw you in, grab you, and give
experience. Reading fiction is no mere escapist cope, but
rather an invitation into other worlds and broadened horizons, a
kind of pilgrimage of the imagination.
In the second half, Rod pivots to talk
about the rise of DMT and other hallucinogens, and the coming
mainstreaming of these kinds of "religious hacks." Are they "real,"
or are they mere phantoms of the mind. These questions move us into
a discussion about spiritual realities, and the relative
cultural naivete of the modernist delusions. We are
participants in the meaning-deserts of modernity, and old books
might provide a way to re-enter into the mysteries of