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Enemies of the People by Kati Marton ! A personal story of courage and discovery. I am also a product of escape from the Iron Curtain! 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2015 at 01:37
Working on A Passion Play.  Currently stalled, but a good read so far...

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Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

^ It is a mystery--  Streiber has steadfastly maintained that he is not creating his story nor is there any indication of a mental problem according to tests he had done.   One interesting follow-up was his Solving the Communion Enigma from 2011 which revisits his experiences after he and his wife had to sell the cabin where the visitations allegedly took place.   Apparently his books stopped selling, even the novels, and the Streibers fell on hard times which is one of the reasons he took the job hosting Art Bell's Dreamland and other questionable outlets.


Did the cabin's new owner also have encounters with the so-called "Visitors"? I remember reading that Strieber is not exactly sure what those entities are, hence why he calls them that instead of extraterrestrials.
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^ I don't know but I wouldn't be surprised, the phenomenon seemed as much provincial as personal.   As far as I know, Streiber stopped encountering visitors after they left.   Then his wife got cancer and it didn't look good; he's had it tough for awhile now, poor guy.

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Whitley Strieber's definitely lived a very strange and probably rather traumatizing life. It's rather peculiar to me, how his story differs so much from that of other UFO contactees. I'm guessing it has something to do with his Roman Catholic religious background, and how he interprets his experiences through a different link than say the Theosophy-by-way-of-New Age frame of reference that informs most others.


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^ That's possible, and he alludes to that in his books; how different reports of visitations are in Asia and South America.   Some have also suggested his experiences sound a lot like the sort of biotelemetric mind control purportedly dabbled in by the intelligence/military community.

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I think it's more how the current alien contactee/abduction experience corresponds closely to old-fashioned tales of pre-Disneyfied elves elves, angels/demons et cetera right down to "missing time" stuff and the hybrid mythology corresponding to fairy changeling stories. Whether or not the beings actually exist, it's probably the same archetype at work in terms of what kind of experience is at work. (which has also been compared to the shamanic vision quest) I think it's something that British paranormalist Lynn Picknett has written a lot about in her work dealing with UFOlogy.

On a related note, a half-Japanese co-worker of mine claims that current clichés about how extraterrestrials are supposed to look and act correspond extremely closely to the least flattering Occidental stereotypes of Japanese people...
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Just started the last book in Ellroy's L.A. Quartet,which I have enjoyed immensely.




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James Ellroy's the man. He kinda reminds me of Raymond Chandler channeling Louis-Ferdinand Céline, though there are times when I find his writing a bit clunky I still admire him for being a step higher in his literary ambitions than most other crime writers.
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