ALAN WATTS (1915-1973)
Do you remember Alan Watts, who wrote The Wisdom of Insecurity, The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, The Way of Zen, and Nature, Man and Woman, plus a number I haven’t read? I was re-reading The Wisdom of Insecurity (1951) the other night and saw his anagram on page 72:
Watts gave the above as an example of how to find the answer with a relaxed mind, “and in a very short time the brain will deliver the answer without the slightest effort.” In a footnote he added: “If you don’t succeed within one minute, read on! Otherwise you will be annoyed either with yourself or with me, and the consequent strain will interfere with the process.” I can’t recall whether the answer came to me when I read the book earlier, but it did not work the other night! YOU CAN GIVE IT A TRY, but don’t go asking me for the answer.