Books: Waiting For Godlings

PASSAGES ABOUT EARTH

By William Irwin Thompson

205 pages. Harper & Row. $6.95.

Yes, Cultural Historian William Irwin Thompson is off again, hot on the scent of the future. Readers of his At the Edge of History (1971) know what to expect: a wizardry with words, continuous trips to the well of personal experience (Irish-Californian-Catholic), unlikely linkages of ideas, polarizations (technology v. mysticism) — all united by the play of an original, restless, tendentious Intelligence.

Because Thompson does not believe in straight lines of logic, his thought is often hard to untangle. Yet a theme runs through his...

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