Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it.
— Alan Watts, who died on this date in 1973
we used to listen to AW talk while lying in bed on Sunday mornings; entrancing stuff and led to my later prolonged study of Zen and Haiku...
He had a TV show, made in San Francisco, I think, that our local public TV station broadcast. He was an outstanding lecturer.
I was one of Watts' student hosts when he lectured at my university in 1971. Having read all of his books, I was excited about spending time with him. Unfortunately, I had to endure a very long day with a rather testy and unfriendly chain-smoker whose main interest was finding a place to get a drink.
Meeting One’s MadnessOur newest correspondent is Megan Mayhew Bergman, who will be writing about naturalism. For her first piece she considers the writer Alan Watts and the “age of environmental anxiety.”