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Number 58, March-April 2008

"Blue Nude Reclining" - Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

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A question we all ask sooner or later is: What happens after death…if anything? Those who already know the answer are either arch-materialists or mystics. Believers don’t necessarily know, they’ve only convinced themselves they do. Materialists don’t need to think about it often, hardly ever. Agnostics and kitchen philosophers worry about it rather often, and end up shrugging their shoulders. Airplanes, war, illness and old age are excellent stimulants for inquiry. In any case, there are degrees of intensity in thinking about it, usually without coming to a conclusion. What we don’t often think about, however, is where we came from in the first place. Knowing that would go a long way towards answering the original question.

On the Editor’s Page you'll find a true war-love tale, just to put you in a good mood.

Under Current Events, Fidel Castro barely raises his head as a Superdelegate, and Tom Engelhardt tells us how President Bush has dragged us all to the Dark Side and how a beautifully innocent Icelandic girl was put through the ringer at JFK. Our own Mike Ingles also has something to say about the situation.

In Features, you’ll find some wonderful thoughts about Jesus by Nikos Kazantzakis of “The Last Temptation” fame. Doris Lessing tells us how NOT to win the Nobel Prize – by thinking about more important things, and Gaither Stewart takes us on a political tour of Italy.

In Fiction, Linda Lavid is back with a bitter-sweet tale; Ifthekar Sayeed tells a story about Bangladesh and Orwell’s “1984” continues.

John Davy eloquently tackles the theory of evolution in Science and Philosophy. Yes, he’s alone in the section, but he can really open your eyes.

In Anthroposophy Keith Francis brings us his first highly interesting lecture on the relation of alchemy to anthroposophy. Don’t miss it. And Rudolf Steiner’s “Anthroposophical Guidelines” are continued.

Several Delmore Schwartz poems are in the Poetry Section. Delmore is one of the lesser known American poets of the past century, and one of the best.

A book review brings up the rear. It’s a different - shorter and funnier - take on Italy than Gaither Stewart’s, that’s for sure.

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Table of Contents


The Last Temptation - Prologue
Nikos Kazantzakis

On Not Winning the Nobel Prize
Doris Lessing

Italy - Between Anarchy and Servility
Gaither Stewart


The Cure
Linda Lavid

The Interpreter
Ifthekar Sayeed

1984 - Part 3, Chapter 3
George Orwell

Science & Philosophy

Evolution: The Hidden Thread
John Davy


Alchemy and Anthroposophy:
The Hermetic Tradition

Keith Francis

Anthroposophical Guidelines - II
Rudolf Steiner


Love and Marilyn Monroe
and other poems

Delmore Schwartz

Book Reviews

The Reluctant Tuscan
by Phil Doran