An Elephant in the Dark

An Elephant in the Dark

Introduction The original review of Idries Shah’s The Sufis, written by Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing¹. By Doris Lessing Citizens of a certain town, mad with curiosity, sneaked a preview of a beast strange to them, an elephant. For safety’s sake it...
Beyond East & West

Beyond East & West

The issue of East and West has always interested me. As both Canadian and Lebanese, I was born into it: it’s the story of my family, and then became my lifelong work as a diplomat and mediator. I was born in Lebanon, a country that, in the 1960s, was a lively...

Altair Designs and the Abjad System

Altair Designs Altair Designs represents a type of design that literally changes before your eyes. They are designs that conjure images and patterns in the mind’s-eye of a user making whatever is ‘seen’ unique. Altair designs, then, are not like other coloring books –...
Doris Lessing and The Sufis

Doris Lessing and The Sufis

Doris Lessing’s personal letters indicate that Idries Shah’s re-presentation of Sufi teaching was a turning point in the later period of Lessing’s life and work. The Sufis was published early in 1964, and Lessing sent her first letter to Shah, the book’s author,...
Borges: Influence and Coincidence

Borges: Influence and Coincidence

By Sergio Missana On a visit to Buenos Aires a few years ago I was privileged to spend an afternoon in the library of Jorge Luis Borges. The hours flew by as, completely absorbed, I flicked through the author’s books. None of them were catalogued in any seeming order;...