What does woman want? by Timothy Leary Free PDF book

What does woman want? by  Timothy  Leary Free PDF book

What does woman want? by  Timothy  Leary
Timothy Leary



Review by Kurt von Meier
The little boy wants to put it back when it dings. He is watching the typewriter, the keys that move so fast he can't see them, listening for the bell that tells him he can push the carriage back for his daddy. Sometimes the ding comes in mid-word and he eagerly pushes the lever before daddy is ready so that the letters go spacing across the page and they make a joke of it.

The little boy is 4½. He is arrayed in a helmet of purest gold, shoulders girt with azure topped by a bandlet, gules; his loins are girdled in gold, his graceful legs bare, and his feet shod in special magic boots of blue laced in white and called by the name of "fast-running shoes." Across his chest is emblazoned the legend, The Amazing Spiderman. He wants to be with his daddy, with somebody, anyway, because he doesn't like to be alone, and his daddy is there.


So they decide to write together... The cover of the book 'looks like two faces," he says. What does the face say? "I don't know." Well, listen to her. He holds the book up to the boy's ear. Listen! What does she say? "I don't know." He says he doesn't know what she says. She says "I don't know," he says. And what was she asked? "What Does WoMan Want?" Freud's name is attached to the question in this century when it takes on the tones of male exasperation and despair at the deep ache of his loss of connection with the female. However, it is also the basis of a whole body of Celtic myth, tales classified under the rubric "The Transformed Hag," or "Loathly Lady," in which a noisome witch whom the hero must embrace because she has answered this question for him, turns into a beautiful erotic partner. Here the story appears as the latest transmission from Timothy Leary, who refuses to despair despite being practically exiled from humanity, having alienated many of his last supporters by appearing to break the commandment against finking.


With T'ai Ch'i's grace, he accepts this role and announces himself a Wanderer in time as well as space, an intergalactic agent, whose mission is to mutate the planet. What Does WoMan Want? is his highly entertaining report to the center of the spiral galaxy labyrinth, strung on the thread of the local language. With unpracticed hand, the boy writes the alphabet: "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ "Now I know my A B-C's, Next time won't you sing with me?" Daddy writes it on the machine. "You copied it! You copied it! He runs to the door: "My daddy copied the alphabet!" From "copy" comes "copious." Latin Copia, abundance. The root meaning is "co-operate," work together.



We may consider Leary's book a spectacular copying, or retelling, of the Wyf of Bath's tale, in the context of a rollicking account of the author's exile in Switzerland, between the Cleaver episode and the capture in Afghanistan, with flashbacks to Milbrook and Harvard, related with exuberance and good humor and imagination that puts to shame the lurid stories that have appeared in the newspapers, in the form of a science-fiction adventure novel. (As a model for his story Leary takes not Chaucer's version but that of Gower the Scot (=Wanderer), whose hero was King Arthur's nephew Gawaine, a.k.a. Gowan, or cowan, the rogue mason, not a member of any guild, who learned by himself to cut and pile stone.


Author: Timothy Leary 
date:1988


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