A fascinating spiritual composition of one soul’s journey through hundreds of incarnations.




The latest from Goddart (Bliss,1999, etc.) is a veritable epic of reincarnation literature; the author outlines the 4,137 lives he says he has lived prior to his present incarnation.

The author’s various existences extend thousands of years into the past and sprawl over all kinds of occupations, ages, races, and cultures delineated here in quick vignettes corresponding to the “recovering” experiences the author has undergone since 2013. He was an herbalist working in Warwick, England, from 1181 to 1204 (“I died of illness,” he relates. “Life was tough in those days”). He was a mathematician in Sigtuna, Sweden, where he worked doing administrative duties for the school to which he was attached. He was a teacher of young boys in many cultures and climates, including ancient Greece—memories of which were triggered by the author reading Mary Renault’s ancient Greece novels. (Goddart notes ironically that he was grateful to “confirm” that he’s never had lives in ancient Rome or Egypt: “This should relieve all those women and men who ‘were’ Cleopatra.”) In addition to tracing his own incarnations throughout all these ages, he also follows the “Cohort of Seven,” a group of similarly reincarnated beings who’ve been accompanying him. And in all of this, Goddart pays attention to the grander themes of reincarnation—the goal of living significant lives by concentrating on “karmas” over the centuries. “Karma: Again, the good and bad debts that we accumulate through our actions, speech, and thoughts,” he writes. “We have the current karmas of this life, the new ones we create, and our great, great reserve of karmas that is the accumulation from millions of lives.” There’s a good deal of vibrancy in Goddart’s piece-by-piece tapestry of his extended personal past, particularly in its free-flowing treatment of concepts that are typically fixed in accounts like this, such as gender and particularly sexuality: In his earlier lives, Goddart was often “homophile,” his term for men loving men before terms like “homosexual” were coined. And Goddart’s larger concepts are touched on regularly enough to bring cohesion to the entire work; “there’s a purpose to human life,” he writes, “a specific purpose for each human life.” The author is continuously listening to his sanskaras, the warning bells that alert him to the details of previous lives. Those details are strictly for fans of reincarnation literature who will find Goddart’s account both fascinating and ambitious, an attempt to map the entire tangled biography of one spirit. Nonfans will read Goddart’s claims about having lived lives on alien planets and in mythological locations like Atlantis over 17,000 years ago and will determine immediately that all of this is fantasy, but then, the book probably isn’t for them.

A fascinating spiritual composition of one soul’s journey through hundreds of incarnations.

Pub Date: June 15, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-944037-84-0

Page Count: 418

Publisher: Clear Path Press

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2018

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    


Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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