Vanity Fair blogger James Wolcott welcomes The Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan into the TM fold

Welcome, My Brother!

by James Wolcott April 12, 2010, 12:28 PM

Andrew Sullivan has disclosed that he has been practicing for the last year, which he finds not only doesn’t conflict with his Catholic faith but enhances it.

My own Catholic faith is but a vestigial, lacy sentiment that I entertain from time to time with cookies and a generous selection of imported teas. But as someone who is coming up to his three year anniversary as a student of the TM program, I am pleased that Andrew has joined our broad-minded, multi-denominational coalition of bliss bubblers.

But I wish to inform him of the cultural obligations attached to the practice of TM, which may not have been covered during his orientation classes. As an inductee, Andrew…

1) …shall accept the snow-capped David Lynch as his runner-up personal savior. This requires an ardent familiarity Lynch’s classics–Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive–and the muster to insert Inland Empire into the DVD machine to see how long you can “hang on” until the fingers of your consciousness slip.

2) …shall shun the dark side and let his inner unicorn canter to the rainbow melodies of Donovan. Which may sound snarky, to use an antique expression, but isn’t so. Listening to Donovan anew in his role as TM troubadour, I find that I must prefer his music now to Dylan’s; “Season of the Witch,” “Epistle to Dippy,” “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man”–without them my iPod would be bereft and the flowers of my mind parched.

3) …shall get his downtown geek on, and heed not those hipper-than-thou’est who would deprecate Moby.

4) …shall nod knowingly at every mention of the “unified field,” while having not a clue.

Although maybe 4 applies solely to me, being a non-quantum physicist after all, despite my airy pretensions.

Anyway, congratulations and keep that mantra percolating!

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