Dungeons, Dragons and the Real World - The Numinous Den

We never got into "Dungeons and Dragons" and we only recently started reading George Hansen's The Trickster and the Paranormal, but you don't have to understand or necessarily subscribe to either to get Jeff Ritzmann's points in this substantial essay. Along the way, some perhaps surprising insights arise as to how certain "charismatic" individuals have remained popular in, well, "popular" ufology in spite of not "delivering," in the usual sense of the word, solidly to the field. Whether the subject of The Professional UFO Skeptic Who Believed in Aliens was truly charismatic or not may be debatable, but no one can say that The Close Encounters Man, the "astro-beatnik" Dr. J. Allen Hynek, was not a towering and formative figure in the history of ufology. Vice's J.W. McCormack asks some good questions of Hynek biographer Mark O'Connell, whose book will be available on June 13. (WM)

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