'Mutants and Mystics' and apart from Jeff letting me know in that book that my favourite childhood superhero, Spiderman is really just a big wanker, I still found the book a great read, not that I agree with everything written in the book (especially about Spiderman being a big tosser;-), but it is worth reading for sure.
I recently bought, but haven't read yet Jeff's co-written book with Whitley Strieber titled, 'The Super Natural', which
Gordon White at Rune Soup interviewed Jeff about in the podcast linked below by clicking on the red link -
Rune Soup Episode 15 - Talking The Super Natural with Dr Jeffrey Kripal
I also want to read Jeff's book, 'Authors of the Impossible' ASAP, as well.
Jeff Kripal is an author who's work I think deserves a bigger audience and who I'm sure will get one in the near future.
As far as Jeff Kripal's Freudian revelation about Spiderman being a really just a big wanker (although not in those words), I hired out the Toby Maguire Spiderman trilogy and watched them with new eyes, although I had never watched 2 and 3 before, as I was never a big fan of Toby being cast as Peter Parker, so couldn't be bothered watching 2 and 3 when they came out.
|Telling shot from Spider-man 3?-)|
Peter wakes up in the middle of the night realizing that some has changed in him.
|Sticky fingers the next morning?|
|And while playing with his fork?-)|
|Not to mention the old hair growing on the palms gag.|
|The infamous wet t-shirt/kiss scene from Spider-man 1.|
|Bone saw?! That's gotta hurt.|
After watching the above scenes it's not too hard to guess where the inspiration for Lars von Trier's casting of Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia came from, especially after seeing the runaway bride scene of MJ in Spider-man 2.