Monday, November 25, 2013

Not In Kansas Anymore by Christine Wicker

Not in Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic is Transforming America, Christine Wicker.  New York: HarperCollins e-books, 2005, 2008.  e-book, 228 pps.

     Not In Kansas Anymore is an expose of various magical belief systems and the people who believe in them.  There are witches and voudon queens and vampires and lycanthropes and communion at a Christian service.  The author is a bit skeptical yet her take on it is one of the soft atheist or perhaps someone who wants to believe rather than someone who is opposed to belief without evidence. 

 sapphoq reviews says:  I found this book to be disconcerting in spite of the author's inclusion of sources and an extensive bibliography.  I interpreted the descriptions of many of the people and events described in Not in Kansas Anymore as belonging to someone who is saying, "Don't take these people seriously, folks."  Yet there were bits of the author's philos about transcendence that gave the lie to how she was depicting her subjects.  Not really recommended.

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