Biblio-Musings

Traubel's Cosmic Consciousness

Wednesday September 23, 2020

Horace Traubel was a close associate of Walt Whitman and one of his executors. This is his contribution to the book Cosmic Consciousness by Maurice Bucke:

May, 1889. That overwhelming night, as I leaned over the railing of the ferryboat, lost this world for another, and in the anguish and joy of a few minutes saw things heretofore withheld from...

Conge Facing G

Thursday September 17, 2020

Many a time I found myself alone face to face with him, as he used to say, "for a good cup of coffee and to talk about this and that," without having any precise question to ask him. Then I would say to myself, "This is a moment I mustn't let slip by." I would hunt around for some question...

Indenture

Tuesday September 8, 2020

This text from Johann Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship is referred to in the novel as the Indenture – “Here is your indenture. Take it to heart, it is of weighty import.”

ART is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient.

To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome.

Every beginning is cheerful; the...

Tracol in English

Saturday February 1, 2020

I wanted to put this brief bibliography together mostly to help resolve confusion around the contents of the three main books of Henri Tracol’s writings in English. The main point is simple, the most recently published, The Real Question Remains, Morning Light Press 2009, contains everything from the previous publications, except for one piece which originally appeared in Parabola.

However, in...

MWRM True First

Wednesday January 8, 2020

Meetings with Remarkable Men by G.I. Gurdjieff was first published in 1963 in London by RKP and in New York by Dutton. I assume the London came first. The Dutton edition states "First published in the U.S.A, 1963" and "Printed in Great Britain". Dutton reprinted at least three times. I have seen Dutton printings that state "fourth printing". 

Sometime, I assume...