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About meE. ALEXANDER SCIANNA was born in New York City, Queens in 1957. He now lives in Playa Del Rey, California, works as a Psychiatric Technician in Los Angeles, and performs magic on the side. He is a student of metaphysics, philosophy, history, social theory, and critical thinking.

Twitter? Follow @DennisDeLuccio, the Voice of MY PSYCHIC WAR WITH UNCLE SAM. Join with psychic warriors to win the future. Now is the time.

About my libraryThis story whirled around in my head a long time before I wrote it down. My life went through many changes when I moved back home and lived in the back part of my parent’s garage. It is there that I finally started writing MY PSYCHIC WAR WITH UNCLE SAM.

I often thought about my experiences as a draftee in 1968 when I met Marcel L’ Hurex at Fort Lewis, Washington in a small company of the 47th Surgical Hospital. Later, I frequented libraries and searched the stacks to relive the events, music, and turbulent politics of the Viet Nam era. Some of the media reports I found intermittently appear in the book and testimonies of Viet Nam vets are paraphrased and placed in the mouths of characters I knew while in the service.

My writing partner, Professor Jean Campbell, has been more than just an ordinary friend. In the 1980s we were both members of a group led by Gustave Ridley, a teacher of practical metaphysics and art, who took us on creative adventures in oil painting, improv theatre, writing, and film. At that time Jean was a graduate student in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Over the years, she has proved a challenging guide in my personal education. Originally, I found this novel an exorcism of past ghosts, but with Jean’s genius and spontaneity of prose it began to take on its own life.

Jean and I had completed the first draft in the mid-1990s when most publishers were saying Viet Nam was an old topic. After September 11th 2001 the very foundations of our minds were rocked. Although the underground garden was inspired by ancient philosophers, we added this surreal element of sanctuary to the novel as a way to tie our post 9/11 lives to the Viet Nam story.

Gathering the ideas of leading intellectuals of our time, those with an enlightened tradition of critical theory, we framed the comments on American foreign policy to include the perspectives of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Chalmers Johnson, and Frank Dorrel who produced the documentary “What I’ve Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy: The War Against the Third World.” There are also metaphysical discussions in the book where P.D. Ouspensky’s and G.I. Gurdjieff’s concept of “man as a machine” is expressed.

We personally thank all our contributors who supplied the ideas and materials that linked past to present to reveal the psychic forces that oppose Uncle Sam. We also are grateful to Grace Ridley, Mario Mabe, Alexander Rice and Michael Rogers for their comments and contributions in the editing process.

Finally, this book is homage to Jack Kerouac, his spirit and style are present throughout.

Alexander Scianna (2012)
Playa Del Rey, California

GroupsHobnob with Authors, Writer's Brag and Rag Bag, Writer-readers

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