Writer/philosopher and self-professed spiritual entertainer Alan Watts was born on this date -- January 6 -- in 1915. He appeared in two Kerouac novels: as Arthur Whane in The Dharma Bums and as Alex Aums in Desolation Angels.
Watts was a big influence on my thinking about spiritual matters, and I encourage you to seek out his books and videos (many on YouTube). He is thought-provoking, instructive, and witty. Click HERE for one of my favorite Watts lecture segments animated by the creators of South Park.
I posted about Kerouac and Watts on July 24, 2011 (click HERE).
And HERE is a funny blog post by one of our readers, Robin.
Happy Birthday in heaven or wherever you are, Mr. Watts.