Books I read last month (Feb2021)

The Ascension Mysteries: Revealing the Cosmic Battle Between Good and Evil – David Wilcock
Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope – Johann Hari
The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage – Paul Elie
Deadly Class: Never Go Back (Vol. 8) – Rick Remender/ Wes Craig
Monstress: Warchild (Vol. 5) – Marjorie Liu/ Sana Takeda

when it first aired, I watched ancient aliens with a cultivated scepticism, even though a lot of the points they made were compelling. Then Id take a bong rip and be like, “I believe every word they say.”

for years afterward, I remained undecided on the question of aliens. to be honest, I didn’t really think about the subject much with all the coke and xannies I was doing. although there was a lot of evidence in favor of, and my own experience pointed towards their existence, I suspected that many people needed to believe in UFOs in our post-Christian, post-God age, because the thought that we humans are the most intelligent beings in the universe is a most terrifying proposition.

Today, not only do I subscribe to the ancient alien theory, but I believe our governments have established diplomatic relations with alien species. David Wilcock, a frequent contributor on the History Channel show, illuminates those relationships, and investigates the different alien races that have visited earth. 

Wilcock posits most alien species are amicable to our development, and dont seek our destruction (obviously…otherwise it would’ve occurred already). While there are bad actors among extraterrestials, the coterie with the most malevolent designs upon humanity is comprised of our own leaders, the “elites”, who are responsible for hiding the truth from and styming the development of humanity at large. Simultaneously, Wilcock alleges, the elites profess beliefs that are an amalgation of satanism, Freemasonry, and occultism. Convened in secret, their rituals are compose of nefarious& demonic elements.

However, the blackout policy of these evil forces is contravened by beneficent ones, he avers, aiming to awaken humanity to the truth. SciFi works, and much of pop culture, in the last 60 years is part of a slow-motion disclosure campaign, gradually acclimating mankind to the reality of our place within the universe.

Secondary and tertiary subjects: the history of the solar system; our presumptive evolutionary trajectory, ESP and psychic powers being the next jump; the true nature of the moon. (spoiler: it’s an ancient alien ship la the Death Star built by an extinct alien species.) 

It’s a mindfuck of a book. Im not yet a convert, but def fascinated. My only gripes: the autobiographical sections are sometimes overwrought and melodramatic, and Wilcock frequently refers to&relies on “insiders”, which has the same partisan connotations as “experts.”

“Lost Connections” is the best book on depression I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot of them, sadly…). It disabuses the reader of the notion that depression and anxiety are the result of chemical imbalances, and maps out their true causes, which are directly related to how we live.

First, he relates his own experience with SSRIs, which is nigh universal: they work, sort of, at first, until they dont. the dose is upped in response. feel better. short while later, symptoms return, requiring another dose increase. Repeat ad infinitum. (that summarizes my Paxil experience with some asterisks. My mood never dramatically improved; I’d get drunk as shit off two beers; and an orgasm was elusive& arduous to achieve.) 

I came to understand my past bouts with depression, not as a random shortage of serotonin, but as intimately linked to my lifestyle, as meticulously demonstrated in Hari’s etiology. Certain features common among today’s society–deracination from one’s heritage, an uncertain future, and social anomie–exacerbate feelings of depression.

Key takeaways: we need to feel in control of our lives + maintain personal relationships in the flesh. Social media is a poor simulacrum of the face-to-face interaction we’ve evolved to need&desire.

Brilliant analysis but Hari’s remedies too often take the form of government policy. I wanted more easy-to-implement solutions, eg lifestyle tweaks and habits–personal decisions that’d ameliorate the unhealthier aspects of today’s society.

Paul Elie’s book captures the one arguably Catholic “moment” in American literature. Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, and Percy Walker all rose to prominence separately and then became acquainted singly; all 4 stubbornly clung to the faith during the upheavals of the 60s and Vatican II.

I had only read Merton and O’Connor beforehand and knew little of their lives. Merton was a spiritual writer–a convert and Trappist monk who sometimes struggled to live up to his ideals (he had an affair). Day was a badass bitch, a champion of the worker and underdog; O’Connor was a saucy little nerd who passed away too young; and Percy was a doctor of the soul, diagnosing contemporary spiritual malaise in his novels.

“Monstress” and “Deadly Class” are the latest entries in two of my favorite graphic novel series. The former is a feminist epic fantasy with elements of steampunk, H.P. Lovecraft, and manga, especially in the stylized artwork. Maika Halfwolf embraces her powers, as the war between Arcanics and humanity commences.

“Deadly Class” takes place at an underground San Fran high school for assassins during the 80s. Marcus experiences all the typical adolescent angst and teen romance amid a backdrop of deception, betrayal, and violence.

Marcus literally survived the freshman “final exams,” which was a lethal purge of all non-legacy students (those lacking a connections to any criminal syndicate/organization), and fled from his many pursuers. He returns to King’s Academy, triumphant and jaded. Now a legacy, he’s still not safe from vengeful classmates plotting his death.

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