Nov. 18, 2021
As an author and independent journalist I've been especially interested in explorations into the nature of consciousness, developments in cultural imagination, new religious movements, social history and politics. Sometimes I call myself a storyteller, non-fiction division.
My book, Angels and Aliens: UFOs and the Mythic Imagination (Addison-Wesley, 1991) was reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle: "Magnificent…no matter what your beliefs, the most fascinating book written on the subject." Venture World called it "probably the most profound book on the UFO controversy yet to appear."
Harvard psychiatrist John Mack credited my early investigations of UFO related encounters with directing Mack's interest to reports of individuals taken against their will by apparent alien beings.
My 1982 New Age Journal interview with Robert Bly has been widely cited for initiating the "men's movement" exploring contemporary masculinity and manhood. I subsequently edited an anthology titled To Be a Man: In Search of the Deep Masculine (Tarcher, 1991).
A little over a decade later (1994), my conversation with best-selling author Carlos Castaneda ("Portrait of a Sorcerer" in New Age Journal) marked the reclusive anthropologist's first public remarks in over two decades. Im focusing much of my time now with near death experiences and my website https://www.thompsonatlarge.com has many NDE material there to check out.