This month’s cover for Book Cover Club: Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda.
This book was definitely a “whoa, dude” experience for me in high school. Reading it now is different, but it still has some power. In order to get the full experience out of this book as an adult, I think you have to simultaneously keep yourself open to the more ridiculous, hokey-seeming stuff and know when to take some of it with a grain of salt or two.
This book is all about how stubborn most people are about their worldview, and how we generally need to be tricked and freaked out in order to snap out of it. We all have a lot of preconceived ideas that we don’t even realize are ruling our lives. That’s the gist of what this book is trying to say, I think. And that’s also why I think the academics who wrote Castaneda off as a phony were kind of missing the point… Also, power meat.
And no, I don’t think I quite succeeded in expressing that in the cover. Baby steps.