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Thrust and parry in the NYRB

Sep 19, 1996 04:10 PM
by K. Paul Johnson

The current issue of the New York Review of Books contains a
the first part of a lengthy article by Frederick Crews, "The
Consolation of Theosophy."  It is a favorable review of Peter
Washington's Madame Blavatsky's Baboon, as well as an opinion
piece on esotericism in general (he's agin it.)  I get praised
a little and attacked more, portrayed as "pious" and
"deferential" toward HPB (tell it to any of a dozen mean

I have sent in a response.  If anyone wants to see what Crews
writes about me and my reply, I'll forward it you.  Defending
myself against the charge of being a true believer Theosophist
was easy and fun.

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