Notes

Alice Coltrane’s "Om Shanti"

Alice Coltrane’s “Om Shanti”

In the early 1980s, jazz pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane devoted herself to the Hindu tradition, adopting the name Swamini Turiyasangitananda and established the 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram outside Los Angeles.

Jack Kerouac's Golden Eternity

Jack Kerouac’s Golden Eternity

Jack Kerouac was a literary iconoclast in the mid-1950s, and sent the text above in a letter to his first wife, a decade after their marriage had been annulled.

Essays

Conversations

Poetry

Pathways, by Mark Nepo

Pathways, by Mark Nepo

I don’t know why I was born | with this belief in something | deeper and larger than we can | see. […]

Epicycles

Kuzunoha

Kuzunoha

Kuzunoha is a popular figure in Japanese folklore

Two Stories, by Mullah Nasr Eddin

Two Stories, by Mullah Nasr Eddin

Mullah Nasr Eddin, or Hodja Nasr Eddin, is a legendary Turkish teller of tales, a sort of wise fool, to whom all sorts of exploits are attributed.

Podcast

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Parabola Podcast, Episode 16: “Mythic Origins”

Story Editor Betsy Cornwell looks at the first-ever issue of Parabola, “The Hero.” Excerpts include PL Travers’ beautiful essay on the origins and the uses of mythic symbols. Please consider supporting this podcast and Parabola […]

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Parabola Podcast, Episode 15: “Magic”

Story Editor Betsy Cornwell shares Thomas W. Moore’s essay on fresh ways to look at the myth of Narcissus, from the Spring 1976 issue of Parabola, “Magic,” in Parabola Magazine’s free monthly podcast.

Web Exclusives

Photography

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

One Autumn day in 1976 a question appeared: if I took a photo of something I’d seen that touched my feelings, would the feeling return later when I looked at the print?

David Ulrich

Portfolio: David Ulrich

Can my inner work towards stillness and consciousness be reflected in images? Perhaps the moments of presence I, at times, experience can be extended outward to you, the viewer.

Portfolio: Brian English

Portfolio: Brian English

Brian first studied the history of photography and Black & White printing in 1985 with Teacher and Mentor William Abranowicz at Parsons New York City. …

Book Reviews

Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson

Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson

Author Colin Wilson (1931–2013) was a lucky man in many ways. His luck continues after his death, with Gary Lachman’s biography Beyond the Robot, which is likely to be both the most comprehensive and the most favorable treatment Wilson will ever receive.

Indigo Animal: The Complete Trilogy

Indigo Animal: The Complete Trilogy

Indigo Animal is original, delightful, and profound. The artist, Rue Harrison, has given us wonderful characters in illustrated books in which she has raised the bar on a certain kind of content. […]

The Dawning Moon of the Mind:  Unlocking the Pyramid Texts

The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts

That a book on the Pyramid Texts of ancient Egypt has been favorably reviewed by the New Yorker is surely a sign of a significant cultural shift, but if you take the time to read this extraordinary book you will quickly see why. […]

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