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The last year has been a busy one. Let’s start with some new products that are available through bookstores or through this website.
CHARLES FORT: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural
The book generated a lot of publicity, including a long interview on the radio program “Coast to Coast.” You can find it through their site. But here’s a link to another interview, from Air Talk with Larry Mantle on KPCC here in Los Angeles. Reviews have been great. I think that Fort surprised a lot of people. Although he’s always been a part of America’s consciousness, and his thinking has influenced our own views of the paranormal (the point I make in the book), too few people have actually read Fort or understood Fort. Reviewers clearly noted that it’s a story that’s been missed.
“Steinmeyer is a gifted biographer, an elegant and unobtrusive author who shows us an entirely fascinating, shy, and witty man, a 20th-century original. This book is not to be missed.” (Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal)
“Fort's greatest collection of “non-fictional thrillers” is described in these pages as “a graceful extended conversation with an eccentric genius” - that turns out to be an accurate account of his biography. This is how biographies should be written: Steinmeyer the ideal host, introducing us to a fascinating stranger, and sliding into the background. ‘We'd all be somewhat enlightened, were it not for easy chairs,’ Fort confides. ‘One can't learn much and also be comfortable.’ Here is a storyteller with a glint in his eye. Pull up a chair, you won't be disappointed.” (Mark Stafford, Times of London)
“According to Jim Steinmeyer’s perceptive and entertaining new biography, Fort’s “Book of the Damned” is seen as the true Baedeker to the uncertain, demented 1920s. How is it that the same person can contain such extremes? In the Fortean worldview, set forth in his later writings, there are no categories. Dichotomies disappear; there isa radical thoughtnothing to be resolved. Fort was the poet of blank spaces and twilight zones.” (Ed Park, Los Angeles Times)
“Steinmeyer conjures up his subject’s world with wit and empathy, and subtly tracks the events that formed Fort’s singular character. The man emerges as eccentric, funny, self-effacing and contradictory. Even the most devoted skeptic will enjoy his company.” (Harry Pearson, The Daily Mail)
“Fort can easily be lampooned as the man who wrote about rains of frogs, but as Jim Steinmeyer emphasizes in this intriguing biography, he trod a narrow tightrope between belief and skepticism. His life, as graphically portrayed in this book, was often frustrated and unfulfilled. But the legacy he left makes the world a brighter place: paradoxically, both saner and sillier.” (David V. Barrett, The Independent)
“Steinmeyer has produced a meticulously researched, marvelously readable window on the life of this extraordinary man. Was he a genius or a crank? Fort's message is that we should not always seek solutions, because there might be none. That is Steinmeyer's verdict on the man himself.” (Andrew Crumey, The Scotsman)
This book is available at Amazon or your favorite bookstore. Or in the Book section of our online Catalog. In addition, Tarcher republished Fort’s collected books of oddities; if you’re really intrigued by the subject, you won’t want to miss it. (And I wrote the new introduction for this, as well.)
Meanwhile, if you’d like more of a taste of the subject, here’s my introduction from my new Fort biography, Charles Fort, the Man Who Invented the Supernatural.
AN UPCOMING THURSTON BIOGRAPHY
AND A TASCHEN HISTORY OF MAGIC
THE LOS ANGELES CONFERENCE ON MAGIC HISTORY
MARY POPPINS ON BROADWAY
THE LATEST IN ILLUSION
The Spencers have been very successful with my version of Walking Through a Brick Wall. I had a chance to see them, with my good friend Don Bice, perform it in Rancho Cucamonga this last year, and I have to admit that they do a great job with it. Other new effects include Walking through a Jail Window, Toccata for Light Bulb and Paper Bag, Paranormal, a levitation, The Triple Escape, and a novel production that will be presented by Topas in his new show, for this autumn, in Germany.
AND FINALLY, BUNKO!
Stay tuned and thanks for your interest.
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