Thursday, November 16, 2023

Remembering Alan Watts


Spiritual entertainer and philosopher/writer Alan Watts died on this date -- November 16 -- in 1973. He appeared in two Jack Kerouac novels: as Arthur Whane in The Dharma Bums and as Alex Aums in Desolation Angels.

I've read and listened to Watts a lot, and he continues to impress me with his ability to make Eastern spirituality understandable. We are lucky that we have his books, videos (see YouTube), the official website (, and even phone apps where we can access his unique ability to entertain and teach at the same time. Click HERE for one of my favorite Watts short lectures animated by the creators of South Park

I posted about Kerouac and Watts on July 24, 2011 (click HERE).

RIP, Mr. Watts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for reminding me of Alan Watts today. I was a big fan of his back in the 70s. It always makes me remember my goofy gigantic zucchini story and how I brought it to one of his lectures and handed it to him like I was giving him the gift of enlightenment. (NewRobin13)