Heart of Mind Radio – 02.24.18

On today’s Heart Of Mind Radio, host Kathryn Davis speaks with Joan and Ann Watts, the daughters of Alan Watts, about their new book “The Collected Letters of Alan Watts.” In segment two Kathryn shares an excerpt from an Alan Watts talk called: “Man is a Hoax” from the Pacifica Radio Archives.


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Joan Watts grew up in the United States and England, and also studied sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) in Japan. Her art has won awards in juried shows and hangs in many private collections. In addition to her art career, she spent twenty-five years as a successful fund-raiser in the nonprofit world. After retiring, she began, along with her sister Anne, editing her father’s letters for publication and resumed her painting. She is the mother of five successful, happy children and nine grandchildren. She lives in Livingston, Montana, with her husband. Johnny (Montana) Hale, a musician, songwriter, and retired motion picture–industry technician.

Anne Watts is a certified hypnotherapist and an educator and counselor in the areas of human sexuality, sexual abuse, family stress, self-esteem, healing the inner child, and financial and aging issues. Since 1985, she has facilitated hundreds of workshops in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, England, and Germany with the Human Awareness Institute, work she is deeply passionate about. Since 2008, she has also been a regular faculty member at Esalen Institute. Anne is the proud mother of two children, and three grandsons. She lives in Santa Rosa, California, in a deeply loving relationship with her husband, Mark Kupke, who has been her partner since 1984. Find her work online at www.annewatts.com.

Featuring the work of:

Alan Watts (1915-1973)

Philosopher, author and lecturer, Alan Watts popularized Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1060’s. Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his teachings. 

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts’s colorful and controversial life, from his school days in England to his priesthood in the Anglican Church as chaplain of Northwestern University to his alternative lifestyle and experimentation with LSD in the heyday of the late sixties. His engaging letters cover a vast range of subject matter, with recipients ranging from High Church clergy to high priests of psychedelics, government officials, publishers, critics, family, and fans. They include C. G. Jung, Henry Miller, Gary Snyder, Aldous Huxley, Reinhold Niebuhr, Timothy Leary, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman. Watts’s letters were curated by two of his daughters, Joan Watts and Anne Watts, who have added rich, behind-the-scenes biographical commentary.

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