Borges: Influence and Coincidence

2017-11-21T01:50:57+00:00

By Sergio Missana On a visit to Buenos Aires a few years ago I was privileged to spend an afternoon in the library of Jorge Luis Borges. The hours flew by as, completely absorbed, I flicked through the author’s books. None of them were catalogued in any seeming order; rather they were arranged in what, [...]

Borges: Influence and Coincidence 2017-11-21T01:50:57+00:00

The Resurrection of Sir Richard Francis Burton

2017-11-10T02:48:07+00:00

By the 1960s, most people associated the name Richard Burton with a famous movie star, not an eccentric English explorer. If Sir Richard Burton was remembered at all it was for being the translator of an obscene(ish) version of The 1001 Nights and the Arab sex manual A Perfumed Garden. His entry in disguise [...]

The Resurrection of Sir Richard Francis Burton 2017-11-10T02:48:07+00:00

Interview

2017-11-18T02:35:05+00:00

Yahia Lababidi is a poet and aphorist of Egyptian-American heritage; he is the author of seven critically acclaimed books including Where Epics Fail, his most recent book of aphorisms https://unbound.com/books/where-epics-fail Hereunder, he answers some questions about his work as a poet and aphorist What do you hope people take away [...]

Interview 2017-11-18T02:35:05+00:00

Where an idea came from

2017-11-10T02:50:05+00:00

When I first started to read the books of Idries Shah, about thirty years ago, I hoped they would help me figure out how to live a better life. His work was much admired by my favourite author, Doris Lessing, and I was curious to see why. I reasoned (reasonably, I think) that if [...]

Where an idea came from 2017-11-10T02:50:05+00:00

On Real Maple Syrup…

2017-11-09T02:56:05+00:00

  ... and My Interest in the Sufi Writing of Idries Shah Someone asked me about how I became interested in the Sufi writing of Idries Shah, back in the 1970s.  Here’s what I wrote: I don’t have a comprehensive, or even coherent, narrative about my interest in Sufism (as presented by Idries Shah), but [...]

On Real Maple Syrup… 2017-11-09T02:56:05+00:00

On Chivalry

2017-10-31T01:22:02+00:00

Military ranks in different countries mirror one another to a large degree: the various grades within individual armed forces are largely the same, from ‘private’ to ‘general’. The military in Spain, Argentina, Chile and several other Latin American countries, however, have a rank which is unique. This is an Alférez, sometimes translated as ‘second lieutenant’. [...]

On Chivalry 2017-10-31T01:22:02+00:00

The Influence of Idries Shah

2017-10-16T23:32:14+00:00

Shah’s influence on my Guadameci leatherwork By Jorge Centofanti Having left Argentina in 1968, I hoped to steer my life away from intellectual activities – such as poetry and journalism – and to work with my hands instead. By chance I was lucky enough to find a talented fellow-Argentinian in Paris from whom I learnt [...]

The Influence of Idries Shah 2017-10-16T23:32:14+00:00

Attention-theory and Idries Shah

2017-10-09T14:37:15+00:00

In his groundbreaking BBC documentary One Pair of Eyes[1], Idries Shah says, “An excitable person - give him a lot of attention and his views will become less pronounced… He may become a much calmer, a more interesting person. He may learn to give you attention, too. And this is the basis of civilisation. Not [...]

Attention-theory and Idries Shah 2017-10-09T14:37:15+00:00

Understanding Cults and Cult Thinking

2017-09-30T01:02:24+00:00

The contribution of Idries Shah to the understanding of cults and cult thinking Until Idries Shah began writing on the subject, the word ‘cult’ tended to refer to a religious sect that was usually eccentric and possibly dangerous. It could include any quasi-religious or deeply political grouping in which the leader was idolised - hence [...]

Understanding Cults and Cult Thinking 2017-09-30T01:02:24+00:00

He Who Tastes, Knows

2017-09-19T15:47:00+00:00

By Steven Nightingale We must look at the world we have made: the crudity of our politics, the menace of military force, the threat of oblivion from atomic weapons; the destruction of earth’s life support systems, the fundamentalism that corrupts religious faith. What resource we might turn to, if we are to confront with [...]

He Who Tastes, Knows 2017-09-19T15:47:00+00:00