Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness: The Radical Wisdom of Jodo

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a filmmaker who made the legendary cult films El Topo and The Holy Mountain. His most recent film, The Dance of Reality, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Psychomagic, The Way of Tarot, and Metagenealogy. He lives in Paris. Gilles Farcet is a journalist, musician, translator, and author of several books in French. A student of the late spiritual teacher Arnaud Desjardins, he lives in Paris.


"One of the most inspiring artists of our time. . . . A prophet of creativity."--Kanye West, recording artist
"The Dance of Reality begs to be read as a culminating work. . . ."--Los Angeles Times
"The Dance of Reality [film] is a trippy but big-hearted reimagining of the young Alejandro's unhappy childhood in a Chilean town. . . ."--New York Times Magazine
"Manual of Psychomagic is great . . . like a cookbook of very useful recipes that can help us to understand our life and the universe we live in."--Marina AbramoviÄ?, performance artist
"His films El Topo and The Holy Mountain were trippy, perverse, and blasphemous."--Wall Street Journal
"The best movie director ever!"--Marilyn Manson, musician, actor, and multimedia artist
"Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness is a fascinating and frustrating view into the life and self-presentation of a curious figure. Fans of Alejandro Jodorowsky will undoubtedly find it enjoyable..."--Spiral Nature, Nico Mara-McKay, July 2016
"In this collection of interviews spanning 15 years, readers are confronted not just by Jodorowsky and the many hats he has worn, but by a man that is perhaps most defined by his dedication to the "path of goodness." Farcet includes a number of interviews with people whose lives have been profoundly affected by him. Perhaps interest in this book will begin with cinephiles, but it would be unfortunate if it did not find a much wider audience."--Publishers Weekly, February 2016
"No one alive today, anywhere, has been able to demonstrate the sheer possibilities of artistic invention--and in so many disciplines--as powerfully as Alejandro Jodorowsky."--NPR Books
"Alejandro Jodorowsky is a demiurge and an interpreter of our stories, always exploring further the understanding of both the beauty and complexity revealed by humankind."--Diana Widmaier Picasso, art historian
"Jodorowsky is a brilliant, wise, gentle, and cunning wizard with tremendous depth of imagination and crystalline insight into the human condition."--Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head
"Alejandro Jodorowsky seamlessly and effortlessly weaves together the worlds of art, the confined social structure, and things we can only touch with an open heart and mind."--Erykah Badu, artist and alchemist
"...Jodorowsky reveals how intentionally practicing small acts of generosity and goodness can have a profound effect on your spirit, infusing life with a wealth of happiness. Jodo's radical wisdom discerns the timeless within the immediate and gauges the everyday by the measure of eternity."--Common Ground, Sarah Cirillo, May 2016