Erik Davis

Erik-DavisErik Davis is an author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and lecturer based in San Francisco. His wide-ranging work focuses on the intersection of alternative religion, media, an the popular imagination. He is the author, most recently, of Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica. He also wrote The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape, and TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, which has been translated into five languages and was reissued in 2015 with a new afterword. He also wrote a short critical volume on Led Zeppelin. His essays on music, technoculture, and spirituality have appeared in dozens of books, including Zig Zag Zen, Sound Unbound, AfterBurn: Reflections on Burning Μan, and Rave Culture and Religion. Davis has contributed to scores of publications, including Bookforum, Salon, Slate, Artforum, Wired, the LA Weekly, and the Village Voice. He has been interviewed by CNN, the BBC, public radio, and the New York Times, and explores the “cultures of consciousness” on his weekly podcast Expanding Mind, on the Progressive Radio Network. He graduated from Yale University, and recently earned his PhD in religious studies at Rice University