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Hi There! I guess I just serendipitously found this website. You see, there was a time, long ago now, when I had considered matriculating at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Montecito California after wanting to change my major from Math Science at UCSB to Cognitive Psychology after stumbling upon Joseph Campbell being interviewed on PBS by Bill Moyers. I was about 26 years old at the time, and by the sheerest stroke of synchronicity, I was just then integrating my first psychedelic experiences (magic mushrooms) which I had finally procured, after 12 longs years of searching, since I was 14 and first listened to The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows.
Well, I stayed at UCSB and didn’t go to PGI, but I did visit the campus just as Joseph Campbell’s books were arriving at the little library on campus (this was before they built a special room for his books) and I volunteered to unbox all of Campbell’s books. They had only one librarian. (I think his name was Mark, too, although I’m not sure. I had dinner at his house one night and met his girlfriend. Very nice couple!) It was fun unpacking the books! I read the marginalia in several books that I had read as well, Fritjof Capra’s the Tao of Physics, for instance. I had a Japanese girlfriend named Fumie at the time who also helped unpack the boxes. She was tickled when she saw Joseph’s workbooks when he was learning Japanese that he used on one of his foreign excursions to the Far East.
I was lucky enough to briefly meet Joseph’s wife Jean at the campus. She had come to Santa Barbara for a gala opening at the fabulous Arlington Theatre (with its Spanish interior and a starry night sky). I remember that John Densmore, drummer for the Doors, and I believe Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead performed some drum routines. (Robert Bly’s drum circles were big during those days.)
All in all it was quite an experience! A couple of years later I would move to a flat with some Deadheads at 610 Ashbury Street, just off of Haight in San Francisco, about a year before Jerry Garcia died. I had moved there because I had planned to write a novel, tentatively titled, Luce Bachot: The Making of a Radical that was to take place between 1965 and 1971. The book was meant to explore the Anti-Vietnam War movement, which would culminate in the bombing of the U.S. Capitol building around the May Day protests that was going on in Washington D.C. at the time. Does anyone remember the Weathermen/Weather Underground? It was to be a fictionalized account of those days.
Alas, as John Lennon would say, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans,” and the book remains only a figment of my imagination. Too bad, because I really can’t wait to read it!
Anyway, that’s my story. Joseph Campbell, and through him, Carl Jung, became a tremendous influence on my thinking. I just now discovered this website, and it seems like a pretty cool place to visit! I’m always interested in conversing with people who share my interests. This is my first post, and I have no idea what, if any, response I’ll get. Could be interesting, no?
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