Ptolemy Tompkins

Ptolemy Tompkins has been an editor at Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is the author of four books. His writing has been featured in, Harper’s, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in New York.

Books by this Author

Proof of Angels
The Map of Heaven
The Modern Book of the Dead

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'll have to to go with Heraclitus' line: "Character is fate." Which doesn't mean that I think I have a particularly good character. I just think it's true.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Georg Trakl (eccentric early 20th century Austrian poet). Talk about someone who wanted to be in the world but out of it.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A benign poltergeist would be pretty fun, at least for a while. Maybe in the future.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I wouldn't mind being able to ask the Buddha if he really didn't believe in the existence of the self.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Really? Okay, let's see. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" -- Joy Division. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" -- U2. "Dreaming" -- Blondie. "Moonlight Mile" -- The Rolling Stones. "I Am the Resurrection" -- The Stone Roses