New book list created today:
I quickly received 30 issues of Gnosis from Jay Kinney, completing my 51-issue collection.
He is going to recycle the remaining copies soon -- I'm glad I received my Gnosis. The magazine is far more readable than most books on the subject. My library is very competitive for attention; to be read, a work must be nicely packaged and accessible, skimmable and a pleasure to read.
>From: Michael Hoffman
>Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2003 10:32 PM
>Subject: RE: [egodeath] Gnosis magazine issues may be shredded soon
>I recently read my 21 of the 51 issues of Gnosis magazine, from around 1985 to 2000 -- effectively an excellent encyclopedia of esotericism, in highly readable format. I have to decide whether to spend $200 completing my collection before the magazine issues become unavailable.
>From: Jay Kinney
>Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2003
>To: gnosis_lumen at yahoogroups
>Subject: [gnosis_lumen] GNOSIS Magazine - Important notice
>Dear members of the gnosis_lumen list,
>As you know, this list is used for notices from Gnosis Magazine to those of you who have signed up for this notice list at the Gnosis website.
>"Please send an announcement to the discussion group before recycling Gnosis back issues."
>I am now doing that. Here's the situation...
>So, spread the word. Now is the time... Our website is at: http://www.lumen.org. Ordering information can be found there.
>Thanks for your help and attention.
>P.O. Box 14820
>San Francisco, CA 94114-0820 USA
>Voicemail: 415-487-0506 (leave your name and number and best time to reach
>you, also your email)
>Fax: 415-552-9054 (earmark for GNOSIS/Jay Kinney)
>email gnosis at lumen org
Contents of all issues of Gnosis, 1-51:
Here's what the following issues after Spring 1999 were to have covered:
52 - Egypt
53 - Archetypal Psychology
54 - The Rosicrucians
55 - Spiritual Politics
Jay Kinney wrote:
let me fill you in on where things stand with Gnosis. It is hard to believe that it is now almost 4 years since we had to cease publication. For all this time, I've continued to make back issues available, as a form of continued service to readers. For the last 2-3 years this has been an entirely voluntary gesture on my part, since only enough orders have come in to cover the cost of storage, postage, and website and phone.
However, this situation will be changing some time this year. I am hoping to find some compatible organization to take over our stock of back issues and take order fulfillment off my hands. I need to muster all my energy for other, newer projects. If I am unable to find someone else to take over the back issues, then the remaining copies will finally be recycled.
So, if you, or anyone you know, or your local library, or whomever should still want to order any back issues, NOW is the time. All issues are still $7 apiece or $6 apiece on orders for ten or more, plus shipping. Full sets are $245, plus shipping. For full details please go to http://www.gnosismagazine.com, or if that is too technologically challenging, just email me for further information. But please do not delay. Things could change at any time.
I am wrapping up the editing of an anthology of articles (mostly from Gnosis) called The Inner West. It is slated to be published in early 2004 by Tarcher/Putnam.
Richard Smoley, former Gnosis editor, has a new book out from Shambhala called Esoteric Christianity. In fact, he will be appearing at the Bodhi Tree in L.A. this very afternoon for a reading and signing. Further appearances will be in the Bay Area this coming week. It is an excellent book and I highly recommend it.
From time to time, I still receive inquiries as to whether Gnosis will ever be restarted. There is still little or no prospect of a revival. The more time that passes the more I feel that I need to shed the old Gnosis snakeskin and see what new project wants to happen. If anyone receiving this has a lead on decent paying editing or writing work (or something related), do let me know.
Finally, I received the following announcement from James Robinson and Karen-Claire Voss about the revival of the Hermetic Academy. This is an organization of scholars who are interested in esotericism. ...
The Hermetic Academy, a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion, publishes HERMES, a quarterly newsletter dedicated to providing information about what is currently going on in the field of esotericism. ...
I recently read my 21 of the 51 issues of Gnosis magazine, from around 1985 to 2000 -- effectively an excellent encyclopedia of esotericism, in highly readable format. I have to decide whether to spend $200 completing my collection before the magazine issues become unavailable.
From: Jay Kinney
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2003
To: gnosis_lumen at yahoogroups
Subject: [gnosis_lumen] GNOSIS Magazine - Important notice
Dear members of the gnosis_lumen list,
As you know, this list is used for notices from Gnosis Magazine to those of you who have signed up for this notice list at the Gnosis website.
Recently, a list member [m.h.] emailed me directly and asked:
"Please send an announcement to the discussion group before recycling Gnosis back issues."
I am now doing that. Here's the situation...
As I've mentioned in the past, I've done my best over the past 4 years, since GNOSIS had to cease publication, to continue to make back issues available at a nominal cost to the public.
However, I've also mentioned that at the point that there were no longer sufficient orders coming in to cover the overhead of storing the back issues, I would have to consider sending our remaining stock (still 20,000+ copies) to the recycler.
I am now being forced to seriously consider that option.
Orders in August and September have fallen below the threshold where our costs are being covered. I recently had to have reprints made of 3 out of print back issues, in order to be able to fill orders, but the cost of the reprints alone is more than the amount of money we have in the bank. To make matters worse, our credit card processing terminal (over 7 years old) went kablooey a couple of days ago and a replacement will run $100. And then there's the $380 every month for storage.
Well, enough of that. This email isn't meant to bore you. It is supposed to alert you that "The End is Near," as they say.
In other words, if you've ever thought about getting any more back issues... do it now! If you can alert your friends and have them order back issues... do it now! If you have a local library that should have a complete set, get them to order it now!
Full set orders are especially needed.
If enough people come through, I may be able to postpone the recycling. But if not, recycling is the only practical solution.
(Yes, I know, recycling would be a great tragedy. And people have suggested such things as sending out free full sets to libraries before doing so. But even such notions cost time and money, both of which are in short supply.)
So, spread the word. Now is the time... Our website is at: http://www.lumen.org. Ordering information can be found there.
Thanks for your help and attention.
P.O. Box 14820
San Francisco, CA 94114-0820 USA
Voicemail: 415-487-0506 (leave your name and number and best time to reach you, also your email)
Fax: 415-552-9054 (earmark for GNOSIS/Jay Kinney)
email gnosis at lumen org
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