John Starr Cooke

Cooke Biography Project

Work is currently being done on a projected biography of John Starr Cooke, co-authored by Michael C. McCann and Mark Walker. You can help contribute to this “great and worthy project” by donating to our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Click the link below to read more:


    John Starr Cooke gave this image of himself to Michael Bowen to use as a talisman. What, then, is the significance of the word “Begin”? Why is it written “BE G IN”, with the G bigger than the other letters? Why did Cooke choose such a hideous photograph of himself? And what the …

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Black Magic in Tangier

John Starr Cooke in Brion Gysin’s The Process Tangier in the 1950s Tangier in the 1950s was a place where diplomats, spies, smugglers, eccentric millionaires and bohemian artists and writers rubbed shoulders with the native Tangerinos. As the northernmost city of Morocco, with Spain in sight across the strait, Tangier had for hundreds of years …

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The Church of One

To Each One Concerned: Are you still doing that? Are you still hooked on the concept that you are doing something to eradicate something else? better someone else? Elevate or alleviate? Are you, for instance, thinking you are in revolt from the situation as IT is? Or, by past habit patterns, determinedly attempting to repeat …

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