The private life of Yosef Wosk
December 14th, 2023
Scholar-turned-philanthropist-turned-art-collector-turned-writer/philosopher, Yosef Wosk will be launching his first collection of non-fiction, Naked in a Pyramid: Travels and Observations (Anvil $22) Sunday, December 17 at 2:30 pm at VanDusen Garden in Vancouver, 5251 Oak Street.
Having visited both Poles and circumnavigated the world, Wosk, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, has developed his own field of psychogeography. The title piece describes the time he almost died climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza at midnight. The next day he descended into an ancient cavern beneath the Great Pyramid where he took off all his clothes, alone, and meditated. Probably more people have walked on the moon than have done that. Here, then, is an unconventional book by an original thinker, a former rabbi who owns ancient Torah scrolls, Stars Wars memorabilia, Pee-wee Herman’s bike and a yellow star from the concentration camps. There is quite simply nobody like him. In Naked in a Pyramid, for the first time, Wosk has gathered a medley of observations to reveal his private world.
Subjects include Leonard Cohen, Marilyn Monroe, Jesus as a storyteller, knowing Elie Wiesel, visiting anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, and technology (welcoming The Global Brain).