Twenty-seven essays representing nearly half a century’s work are collected in this volume that addresses everything, as editor Bradford Morrow writes in his preface, from “alchemy, Gnosticism, pre-literate poetry, post-apocalyptic communalism, jazz, ‘country gentlemen and Cornbelt Metaphysicals,’ the thousands of years from sand-shuffling shamans to dispensers of the Social Lie, the convergences of cultures in their religions, their literatures and painting, their philosophies and politics—here is a range of interests rarely encountered in an individual in any age, let alone in an age of specialization.”