On Ishmael Reed's 'Mumbo Jumbo,' or, Why We Need More Magical Thinking

Episode 89 · January 6th, 2021 · 1 hr 19 mins

About this Episode

Ishmael Reed's 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo is a conspiracy thriller, a postmodern experiment, a revolutionary tract, a celebration, and a magical working. It is a novel that, over and above prophetically describing the world we live in, creates a whole new world and invites us to move in. For Phil and JF, Mumbo Jumbo exemplifies art's creative power to generate new possibilities for life. It is also the perfect occasion for pinpointing the difference between the kind of magical thinking that fuels virulent conspiricism, and the more profound magical thinking which alone can save us from it.

**Image: **Albrecht Dürer, Two Pairs of Hands with Book


Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo

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