Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

Introduction: What is the book and how does it differ from the original?

The most important difference of all, however, is that I now own the Interviews and can do whatever I want with them. The original was sent to me by Doug in March 2002. It was a gift from him and has been on my bookshelf for nearly four years now. In this time, my ideas on how to present it have changed a lot. And so does Doug’s. I have finally decided to take him up on his offer to re-present the material, this time as a complete book.
This new version has been edited for clarity and flow. Since the original interview was sent in email format I had to chop out a lot of extraneous text and interjections from Doug that were not included in the original email. I also added some material of my own, including some connecting ideas between questions that are now in my words instead of Doug’s. Whenever Doug was unclear I have added further detail to help the reader, or moved on to the next question. These questions are now numbered to make it easier for the reader to follow conversations that are still quite wide-ranging in their content.

totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler
totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler

What is your opinion of the book and what are your thoughts on this volume in particular?

This book is exactly what Doug said that it was: a treasure chest. It’s everything you always wanted to know about Doug but were too lazy to ask him. There are very important topics covered which I have yet to see anywhere else. For example, his thought on the true power structure in the world. Or what he thinks is going on in Tibet. And why he thinks the world won’t end any time soon, and that there’s a good chance there will always be a China. And so much more. I simply don’t have the time to cover it all here, but Doug Case is the most fascinating man in the world and he answers questions that you didn’t even know you wanted to ask him in a way that I never could have imagined.
The book is laid out very nicely, and if you read one entry at a time, you’re bound to learn something new. I haven’t read any other Doug Casey books, and I didn’t get the feeling that I was missing something by reading volume 2.

totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler
totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler

How would you grade the book from 0-10 and why?

Basically, it’s better than the original. The revised version is more streamlined, contains more interviews and is more coherent as a whole, even though there are still parts of the book which are less than perfect. It’s also more comprehensive and less filled with dumb moments.
The new version of this book is a half a star better than the original and that’s an improvement.
If there is a second revised edition, it will most likely be about 0.4 stars better.
Now why did I say this? Here are reasons: [LIST of reasons]
*The book had so much potential. The original was sloppy, uncertain and often contradictory. There were many parts that left me confused and with my head spinning. It was obviously an unfinished book and the author needed to edit it. The new version is much better, not perfect, but much better and more coherent. The revision makes sense. For example:
“Q: Who was the first person you called when you started working on [sic] the new book? A: Doug Casey.” [revised]
“Q: …he was called on the phone after sending 3 emails… A: …this is not a question.” [original]

totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler
totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler

What is your favorite part of the book and why?

My favorite part of the book is probably the last interview (there are two interviews in the book). I don’t want to ruin it, but most people in casey’s position would not have been quite so forthcoming. It was also very exciting for me to be asked to be interviewed. I cannot imagine he will be doing this again anytime soon.
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totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler
totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler

What was your least favorite part of the novel?

It’s a tough question because I have a few. It should be obvious what the book is like throughout, but I’ll give it away. If you’ve read the original, you know what lines I’m talking about. Enough said.
In other words, I find that some of the most interesting parts were skipped. It was a conscious decision, though. I want people to read volume 1 first. If you don’t read the original, then you won’t be able to fully appreciate volume 2. And you’ll miss reading some amazing scenes that are only in the original.
So yeah, if it’s too choppy for your taste, it’s because it probably contains spoilers from volume 1 as well as possible spoilers from future volumes.
The writers just need to explain that.

totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler
totally incorrect volume 2: conversations with doug casey as told to justin spittler