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I presume this is a reel to reel tape transposed onto electronic media (in my case my eye phone) by Watt's son Mark. Unlike the other reviews I found the "noise" charming. For example I believe he was perhaps wearing conch shells because he has one to show the audience and it sounds to me as they are consistently rubbing against each other while he is speaking. I also heard someone use a faucet perhaps to get a drink of water. This particular piece seems connected to Thusness recording because he begins by mentioning at birth we arrive from the ground of being and become apertures. I know he made formal vinyl records with high production values. These tapes are s gift because they represent "Alan Watts Naked", that is that he is completely engaged with a live audience without the additional awareness that what he is saying will be a commercial product. Regardless of what you may know about Eastern belief patterns, Watts has a powerful metaphorical mind to boil down complex ideas into accessible language. While purists may cringe at some of the examples he used as they did for Joseph Campbell, he is still correct in spirit even if he glosses over important detailed nuances. That is, however, Alan Watts way of looking at the world and to complain about the quality of the presentation both technically and substantially means one has missed the charm of a stand-up spiritual master.
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CUTS OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LECTURE!!! Starts off interesting, but the tape stops inexplicably in the middle. Sad.
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