Tuesday, 15 July 2014
A HARD DAY'S WRITE
In retrospect, writing a 215 page book about Psychical Research EVERY DAY seems like madness but, in 1954, that is what Donald J. West set out to do. He did extraordinarily well (this edition is from April 22nd, 1962) but, ultimately, the gargantuan task overwhelmed him and he gave up and went back to simply writing a book every other week.
A psychic trumpet, outlined by bands of luminous paint? Now we know what we want for Christmas.
Individual editions of the books are much sought after now, particularly the notorious last edition in the series (# 4,028) where, realising that nothing had actually changed in Psychical Research in the last twenty four hours, West simply wrote 'What's the point? What's the bloody point?' over and over and over again.