(A version of this column appears in the Feb. 10 edition of “Firearms News,” formerly “Shotgun News.”)
Vin spent another 90 minutes on the air with Ernest Hancock in Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday (Jan. 20.) The subject of The Miskatonic Manuscript came up, along with the Drug War (of course); the unfounded claim that the federal government “owns” 53 percent of the state of Oregon; the mandatory government youth propaganda camps (“public schools”) and a few other topics. Download the RSS audio feed . . . here.
Doug French, former president of the Mises Institute, posts a new review of The Miskatonic Manuscript at https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/01/doug-french/taking-drug-war/ .
(A version of this column appears in the Jan. 10 edition of Firearms News (previously “Shotgun News.”)
Following a slow Christmas week, when most folks presumably had other things to do, additional reviews of The Miskatonic Manuscript are starting to flow in.
(This follows part two in our week-long Q&A with Vin about his new novel, “The Miskatonic Manuscript.” Part two is here.)
Q: It’s interesting how many people seem to judge a book by its cover. Many people, looking at the Testament of James cover art, assume it’s a religious tract. Others, reacting to the Miskatonic Manuscript cover art, have assumed it’s pornographic — although in my opinion, it’s an artistic nude, beautifully done by a highly skilled artist, and it also fits the theme nicely — though there’s really not a lot of sex. Will those presumptions influence your choice of cover art in the future?
Q: Some readers may object to the role played by psychedelic drugs in this series. It seems to me that you strike a middle ground somewhere between “recreational” use and “therapeutic” use, where the drugs serve a purpose in enabling the characters to navigate among various dimensions, or to ascertain hidden truth, vision-quest style. How do you see the entheogens potentially benefiting mankind? In what ways might they be harmful or prone to misuse?
Inevitably, some few readers of The Miskatonic Manuscript have objected to certain themes in the book. It seems only right to give Vin the opportunity to respond to them, to expand on his thinking — and to remind readers that, in Vin’s words (below), “Miskatonic Manuscript is science fiction, and science fiction traditionally has been more cautionary than prescriptive.”
Wow! A surprise Christmas present from Mother Nature! This morning we woke up to snow — melting quickly, of course — but enough that I was able to snap a few shots, so at least we’ll have photos to remember the occasion.
A snow covered Cholla cactus — quite the sight!