INTERVIEW WITH DR. ERNEST KINNIE
(Broadcast on PBC, September 18, 2014. All rights reserved)
James: Our very special guest today is Dr. Ernest Kinnie. Dr. Kinnie is a retired psychologist with many years experience as a professor, therapist, and author. His recent books bring together the best ways he’s found over a lifetime to help you expand what you can think, feel and become. And he is also the publisher of The Alice Trilogy, the story of a highly intelligent, over-sexed, foul-mouthed brat.
Thank you for coming. You know, Dr. Kinnie, there are a number of people who believe that you wrote The Alice Trilogy, not Janis Hoffman. Did you or didn’t you?
Dr. Kinnie: (laughs) You don’t waste time do you. Janis holds a high level position in government and wishes to remain anonymous. We are good friends and I agreed to publish her book, The Alice Trilogy, using the name Janis Hoffman.
James: Yes, yes, I know. That’s the cover story. Her career will be hurt if people find out she wrote that book about a wild, over-sexed brat. Is Janis Hoffman real or not?
Dr. Kinnie: Both.
James: Both? Both? What do you mean both! You’re playing a game with me.
Dr. Kinnie: Aren‘t you playing a game with me?
James: Of course I’m playing a game with you. I want you to admit you’re a dirty old man, writing porn and hiding behind a woman’s skirt. And that picture on your author page isn’t you. It’s John Muir.
Dr. Kinnie: Ok, I might be a dirty old man who writes pornography. But you’re for sure a porn pusher.
James: What do you mean by that?
Dr. Kinnie: You’re a jump and pump, gotcha man, who loves to play with people’s heads to up your ratings and show everybody what a great interviewer you are.
James: (Laughs) True enough. You gotta admit though, the main ideas in Alice and your self-help psychology books are very similar.
Dr. Kinnie: Ok, Mr. Gotcha man. Let me jump and pump you. What main ideas?
James: Well, here’s a couple. Primary Reality is a Self that remains the same in the midst of all of the shifting realities. And, we are far more than just one person, short-lived and stuck in a particular space-time.
Dr. Kinnie: Damn! I thought I’d catch you for sure. Yes, you have read the books and those are two of the main ideas in The Alice Trilogy. They are also found in Mind Tripping, Maps of Reality, and Cynical Soup. All easily available wherever eBooks are sold. Best to get in a little self-promotion while I can.
Oh! Janis knows I’m doing this interview and asked me to let people know that she is a high level official in the Department of Education in Washington. She wants to have a little fun watching her coworkers try to figure out who Janis Hoffman might be.
James: (laughs) Yeah. That would be a lot of fun playing with people’s heads. Who is that beautiful woman on the cover of The Alice Trilogy? Great cover.
Dr. Kinnie: That is a late 19th century painting of Suzanne Valadon. She’s one of Alice’s Alts and in the center of all that sniffing, snorting, drinking, fornicating, and wild creativity in old Montmartre, a village on a bluff high above Paris.
James: I am genuinely sorry but we are out of time, and I have so much more to ask. Thank you for coming, and I hope you will come again soon when we have more time. You have been as intelligent and entertaining as I expected.
Dr. Kinnie: Thank you for having me. Always fun to fence with a worthy opponent.
James: And thank you all for watching this lively interview with Dr. Ernest Kinnie. He is a retired psychologist and author. His books are available at major eBook outlets like Amazon, Apple, and Barnes and Noble.
He slipped in the titles of his most recent books, but let me repeat them to help ensure he returns for another interview. They are Mind Tripping and Maps of Reality, two self-help psychology books to explore and create your life, and Cynical Soup, a book of over 750 wise and foolish observations. And for sure, don’t forget The Alice Trilogy, the story of a wild and crazy young girl, he may or may not have written.
Alice: An Over-sexed, Super-smart, Foul-mouthed Brat
My story is not for the easily offended. I have such fun playing around with taboos, political correctness, and authoritarian bastards. My sexual adventures and the tiny changes I made to old fairy tales shocked and outraged a few of my dear readers. One woman even accused me of being uncouth. You are all fine people I’m sure, wonderfully sensitive and refined. And I got plenty of couth, Lady.
You Are Being Controlled
Don’t be put off by the dry, objective language and approach. You and the world around you use Skinner and Pavlov every day. The next chapter, “How to Create Useful Idiots”, shows how advertisers, interest groups, and political operatives use Skinner and Pavlov as building blocks to construct hit lists, talking points, and narratives to influence what you think, how you feel, and what you do.
Thoughts Of An Old Man And A Young Woman
Thoughts of Old Man and a young woman about wise and foolish humans, and the nature of Reality.
Old Man has lived a full life, and has tried very hard to be honest and open-minded. Sometimes he succeeded. He’s not much for political correctness or the warm comfort of the noble cause.
The young woman is a super-smart, foul-mouthed brat, a student at UC Berkeley, and good friend of the old man.
Mind Tripping: Serious Work, Frivolous Fun to Explore and Create Your Life
The first 22 Trips explore and create your life. Trips like Tales from the Dark Side. The 10-Second Cure. Maybe it’s your fault. Living Fairy Tales. How to have an Honest and Dishonest Discussion. Pull a George. Hustlers. How to Guarantee a Wonderful Life. Changing the Past.
Trips 23 through 30 are frivolous fun.
Use Zen for the rest. Look at the possibilities, and go with the flow.
Maps of Reality: Serious Work, Frivolous Fun to Explore and Create Your Life
Here you’ll explore the psychological maps of Berne, Perls, Skinner, Pavlov and Freud. Shifting among the maps will greatly expand what you can think, feel, become. And you’ll learn how political parties, interest groups and advertisers turn you into a useful idiot. Knowing how they do it makes their job so much more difficult.
Then off for a little frivolous fun.
Fritz Perls: Out Of Your Head, Into The Now
Fritz begins exactly where you are right now as you read this sentence. Being in the NOW gives you a more accurate map of Reality and increases opportunities to create a satisfying life. I fear our ancestors would see us smothered by layers and layers of words, living in smelly boxes, and filling our days with lifeless habits. We have idealized nature and live a short distance from our bodies.
Eric Berne: the Best of Games People Play
Eric Berne is the greatest for expanding what you can think, feel and become. You’ll explore your Adult, Parent and Natural Child. When they work well together, shifting the balance among then to meet the needs of the moment, you have a good life.
You’ll also explore the many games you play, your stamp books, and the fairy tales that shape your life.
Cynical Soup: Not For The Easily Offended, Or The Ridiculously Naive.
Not for the easily offended.
Over 750 observations from well known deep thinkers like H. R. Mencken, Mae West, and W. C. Fields.
And many thoughts of Old Man and a Young Woman. She is a super-smart, foul-mouthed brat, a student at UC Berkeley, and good friend of the old man. She says what she thinks and couldn’t care less if that offends you. “Get over your self-righteous, hyper-sensitivity”.
High Flyers: A Ten-Minute Play
A 10-minute play. Two circus performers are too old to keep flying and must decide what to do with the rest of their lives...assuming they want a life if they can no longer fly. They were born in the circus and is all they know. Maybe better to end it. Who wants to flip burgers, or play a sweet, perky, little waitress, getting pinched on the tush for lousy tips?
Amoral Science Brainless Religion: Two World Views
Religion is in no position to question the results of scientific inquiry unless it obtains contrary results using scientific methodology---and looks foolish when it tries. And scientists look foolish when they make assertions about religious experiences and beliefs. Science by definition cannot study, and therefore cannot comment on questions of reality beyond what is available to the senses.
A Light In The Darkwood: Two Children Learn The Power Of Imagination
A bedtime story.
Two children learn to create reality. They run from a sow bear into the Darkwood where they are captured by little people. They create food for the little people and then realize that they can also use their imagination to escape. They then learn how to play with their imagination to create a marvelous, magical world of adventure and delight.
El Brujo: A Shaman And The Four Professors
A two-act play. Four university professors invite a brujo to explain shamanism. He guides them into an alive, creative world which turns out to be both seductive and dangerous. He uses guided fantasies to help them explore the nature of reality and their true identity. Adult language, especially when one of the professors finds himself on a chain gang.
Smackin' The Monkey And Two Other Short Plays
Three 10-minute plays: Smackin’ the Monkey, Deep and Serious, and High Flyers. In the first, two old actors try to keep in shape by faking heart attacks in the park. In the second, four people want to join a playwriting group, but are afraid the play they have written is not deep and serious enough. Too much fun. In the third a couple of high flyers are just too old to fly anymore. What to do.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ernest Kinnie
- Mirror Reversal
on June 17, 2013
Maybe this book was written by a guy who has led a full, life, with his eyes wide open, and a great imagination. But, I suspect it was written by a woman with a fake name, who has had considerable real world experience on the street, to put it as nicely as I can. Either way, the settings in the book are wonderfully REAL and so are the people. Beautifully written, outrageous, and over the top. The book is either hilariously funny or horribly serious, depending on your mood and belief system.
I read the hard cover edition a year ago but only gave it four stars because parts of the book were a little too polemical for me. No problem this time. Now the polemics are nicely woven into the story, so it well deserves an unqualified 5 stars. If you want a fun romp in the sun and a weird journey through the mirror, buy the book.