Re: "The Square Peg" by Paul Twitchell
- Hello All,
Since the print was small I decided to reprint THE
SQUARE PEG  article here.
THE SQUARE PEG
by Paul Twitchell
"Since the interview by Jack Jarvis in the Post-Intelligencer
July 9,  I have been besieged with telephone calls
and mail asking what in 'heavens name is a Cliff Hanger?'
The Cliff Hanger is A ONE-MAN CULT. I am the ORIGINAL
Cliff Hanger and its SOLE DISCIPLE. The NAME was COINED
TO EXPLAIN MY ATTITUDE regarding THIS AGE of MASS
CULTURE as a lot of ABRACADRA. The name is synonymous
of a man hanging on the edge of a cliff SAFE FROM THE
CROWD; MORE OUTSIDE THAN THE OUTSIDER, HAPPIER
THAN THE ANGRY YOUNG MEN, and AT THE OPPOSITE
POLE from the Existentialist who claims man has NO HOPE
in life. [my caps]
[ME] Actually, Paul exaggerates (again) that he was the
"original" Cliff Hanger, and even contradicts his statement
later by listing "others" in history. BTW- How HAPPY is
someone who is 'happier than the ANGRY YOUNG men?'
This sounds like a rationalization to explain PT's negative
'ATTITUDE' towards life. It's called Karma or cause and
effect or what you sow is what you reap!
The ways of this KOOKY CIVILIZATION has left the Cliff
Hanger with NO ALTERNATIVE than to TURN HIS BACK on
this HOMOGENOUS SOCIETY and GO HIS OWN WAY with
those who MIGHT have been called Cliff Hangers, i.e.,
BYRON, TOM PAINE, RIMBAUL, LAWRENCE of ARABIA, and
OTHERS who have earned the various tags of NON-
CONFORMIST, INDIVIDUALIST, REBEL, and LONELY
ODDBALLS. [my caps]
[ME] Was it really true, necessary, or kind for PT to "Turn
His Back" upon society? Also, isn't it true that ECKists have
to CONFORM to Guidelines, the RESA Structure, Rules, and
Dogma! ECKists have to watch what they say and are fearful
to discuss certain topics around certain ECK Leaders or else
they might have to wait years longer (if ever) to get that next
Initiation. It's true! ECKANKAR is a RELIGION and is Anti-Cliff
The Cliff Hanger is NOT interested in PUBLIC BANGLES,
NOR willing to give himself *THE AIRS of HERO by proclaiming
A GREAT LOVE to raise money for HOSPITALS or WORTHY
CAUSES which involves the enthusiasm of the MIDDLE-
CLASS. NEITHER is there ANYTHING ELSE in this MASS AGE
great enough to make him climb the wall, ESPECIALLY IN
RELIGION. [my caps & *]
[ME] Yes, it's their Karma! Why be compassionate! Well
this is an obvious lie about 'NOT' being interested in
'Public Bangles!' Klemp mentions on ECKANKAR.org that
Twitchell was always his own "Drumbeater" and even tried
to get into WHO'S WHO in KENTUCKY back in 1935 and this
is 1964 and almost 30 years later! ALSO, it's plain to see that
the purpose of this SQUARE PEG article is for Twitchell to
promote himself in order to create enough interest to start
his New Vocation as Master of all Masters! BTW- remember
that "HERO" remark for later!
This ZANY CHARACTER is called the VANGUARD of a NEW
RELIGION, entitled 'Eckankar,' a Hindu word meaning Union
with God. This unorthodox PHILOSOPHY received a wide
welcome among the EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL and COLLEGE
CIRCLES following the publishing of MY WORKS in European
magazines. [my caps]
[ME] Well, this shows that ECKANKAR is a 'NEW' RELIGION
and NOT an "ANCIENT" one after all! Old Twit is really tooting
his horn isn't he! LOL! But, it's just his way of being HUMBLE.
I can see where Klemp got the idea of buying his way into
the "International Who's Who of Intellectuals, ninth edition."
Also, PT is playing down his deficiencies by making himself
The Cliff Hanger seeks solace in MEDITATION and BI-LOCATION
experiences COMMON in the lives of the old Christian SAVANTS.
HIS SAINTS are KABIR; 16th Century HINDU-POET-WEAVER, and
ANCIENT SUFI AVARTARS, JALAL AL-DIN RUMI, HAFIZ, and SHAMUS-
I-TABRIZ. [my caps]
[ME] What happened to "contemplation" and "Soul Travel?" Oh,
those terms haven't been "borrowed" as yet! It's interesting that
PT only makes SHAMS into an ECK Master!
HISTORY IS MADE by the impact of the ECCENTRICS, the
ORIGINALS, the PROUD IMAGINATIVE PEOPLE from which
NEW IDEAS COME. A society cannot get along without its
Cliff Hangers, because they are the most vivid means of
exhibiting the power of free men. [my caps]
[ME] And whatever happen to responsibility? Everyone cannot
be a Cliff Hanger and do as they please! This is a very anti-
social and VAIN stance to take. Twit is a narcissist! See how he
mentions 'PROUD IMAGINATIVE PEOPLE.' This is why ECKists
emulate Klemp. However, Twitchell is short sighted by over-
looking the negative impact of his actions or that of other
CLIFF HANGERS throughout history. Look at just three other
"Cliff Hangers" from PT's time... Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.
For this reason this BOBBY DAZZLER feels THE BREAK IS
NECESSARY with our MASS CULTURE because it has considered
the MAN of IMAGINATION and FREE SPIRIT DANGEROUS. He is
AN INCARNATION of IDEALS in MEN, from the WISDOM of
SOCRATES, from the DIVINE IMAGINATION of BLAKE, the
CREATIVITY of SHAKESPEARE, STRENGTH of HERCULES and
COMPASSION of BUDDHA, and the FREEDOM of CYRANO DE
BERGERAC. [my caps]
[ME] Twitchell is quite the conman, and he's delusional!
BTW- Wasn't "Hercules" a Mythical Character, therefore,
he had no real strength either! See, Twitchell can just dream
up anything and anyone he wants... but then again... so can
anyone else! Yes, PT imagined himself quite the hero!
He is a man who has an I.Q. of 185 and can SKIP READ four
to six THOUSAND BOOKS a year. He generally MAKES HIS
LIVING in one of the AESTHETIC ARTS, has HIS OWN LINGO
for COMMUNICATION, has earned the 'LABEL of ILLOGIC' in
PHILOSOPHY and DEED. [my caps]
[ME] TWITCHELL CLAIMS HE HAS AN I.Q. OF 185! LOL!
I really like the way PT talks of himself in third person.
This is how he wrote when sending all of those Letters
to the Editor when doing his own PR to promote The
Great Paul Twitchell! BTW- Since when was 'Skip Reading'
actual READING! Where's the comprehension! Yes, PT has
his own "Lingo" he "borrowed" and then altered, exaggerated
and twisted facts, and myth from The Path of the Masters.
He has REJECTED THE GREAT UNWASHED who are up to
their ears in this DEPARTMENT STORE CULTURE, of PENSION
PLANS, TELEPHONES, RADIO, and TV, DOGMA and MONEY
CHANGERS. [my caps]
[ME] So "he" once again refers to PT as the Cliff Hanger.
So, it seems that Twit is anti-progress! Now, we all know
that there is too much materialism, but PT is off his rocker!
No telephones, radios, or TVs? What about those 'imaginative
people from which new ideas come' like Edison? What about
Klemp's Video Clips and HU-Chant CDs, and phone conferences?
Are ECKists to get all their info on the "inner" ... what is true
or untrue? PT wants to force his own distorted views upon people.
Plus, why shouldn't people have 'pensions plans,' unless, the
government takes care of that. Someone needs to give health
care assistance to people! I'll bet Klemp has a great health care
and pension plan! And, HK should be drawing full Social Security
this year since turning 65!
Accordingly, he sees this civilization heading down the
path to destruction, and will be the GREATEST to SUFFER
unless HE CAN GET OUT OF IT QUICKLY. But he is in a sense
LIKE THOREAU WHO WASN'T IN THE LEAST INTERESTED IN
CHANGING THE WAYS OF HIS TIME, BUT WANTS TO BE LEFT
ALONE TO ENJOY HIS OWN COMPANY IN SOLITUDE. [my caps]
[ME] That's a load of B.S.! This was written in 1964 and in
January of 1964 he and Gail took out a marriage license in
San Francisco. But yes, I can see that Twit wasn't interested
in becoming a really positive mover and shaker to help people
because he and his lack of credentials couldn't stand up to
the scruntiny... that's why in 1969 he created the Mahanta
or Master of Masters and Highest Con Anywhere position for
himself. This "firewall" protected PT from the reproach of
both internal and external critics.
My writings are pointed toward this, although THEY MAY
APPEAR ON THE SURFACE LIKE THE WORKS OF A MAN
CARELESS of LAW and LANDLORDS with the ATTITUDE
of GAY MOCKERY. [my caps]
[ME] No Paul, your writings are NOT pointed towards
wanting 'to be left alone to enjoy his own company in
solitude' like Thoreau! This is just more of PT's con to
place the reader off guard and to make him seem trust
worthy and non-threatening. He isn't selling you magazines
The Cliff Hanger may be THE FAVORITE of the Gods,
and it's CERTAIN *HE IS the LONELY HERO of THESE TIMES,
but as I said, IT IS A ONE MAN CULT, WITH MYSELF AS
FOUNDER, PRESIDENT and DISCIPLE." [END, my caps & *]
[ME] As we can see, Twit was testing the waters in 1964
to see what interest there was in his ONE MAN CULT. I'm
also certain that Gail re-typed and edited this for the genuis!
LOL! Also see the *! Twit earlier said that to refer to oneself
as a "hero" is to put on "airs" and yet he does this here! Twit
just can't prevent the narcissism from coming out, nor can
Look at how VAIN this self-proclaimed "favorite" and
"HERO" is! Remember, too, these Cliff Hanger comments
from 1964 are supposed to be during years and years of
study with Rebazar Tarzs! Something is wrong with both
Twitchell's and Klemp's timelines and ECK "history" about
these imaginary events!