Time Magazine has neither been gripping nor essential reading for decades, however, this week's article on Lily Dale did mention MAE WEST.
• • Nancy Gibbs fizzes up her nothing-new topic with a presidential twist. She writes: "And in an election year haunted by all kinds of ghosts, I thought I'd check in with the people who talk to the dead all the time — — just to get a different feel for the spirits that move us."
• • In her next sentence, Gibbs lists the usual names associated with the place: A hundred years ago, the New York Times described the Lily Dale Assembly, a gated compound in far western New York State, as "the most famous and aristocratic spiritualistic camp in America." Freethinking, forward-leaning, this was a place for prophets of all kinds. Susan B. Anthony visited half a dozen times; Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt came, and Harry Houdini and Mae West, and seekers from around the world looking to explore the continuity between life and what locals refer to as "so-called death." . . .
• • Alas, "Lessons from the Spirit World" is arid and predictable. And Mae-mavens will find no further details about which building her portrait hangs in nor any mention of her fascinating relationship with the Reverend Jack Kelly. Ho-hum. I predict Ms. Gibbs will put you to sleep, dear readers.
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• • Article: "Lessons from the Spirit World"
• • Byline: Nancy Gibbs
• • Published in: Time Magazine — www.time.com
• • Published on: Thursday, 21 August 2008
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •