Alice Walker's Conspiracy-Filled 'Best of 2013' List Is the Best List of 2013

Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple and other noteworthy books and poems, has run down her favorite things of 2013. They include Edward Snowden, a conspiracy theorist, and a reptilianism expert.

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Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple and other noteworthy books and poems, has run down her favorite things of 2013. It's an unexpected collection, including Edward Snowden, a conspiracy theorist, and a reptilianism expert.

"What a time to be alive!" Walker writes in a post on her blog called "Solstice Greetings and Gratitude 2013, or Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn Playing Tennis!" She provides a sort of year in review at the outset.

There have been mind-blowing revelations and testimonials of all kinds, along the cracks. About banks and money, about power, about governments and theft and war, about what’s really going on in the parliaments, royal bloodlines, political parties and corporations of the world, and among the religions. About the hatred of and abuse of women, and, especially, of children.

And, then:

About Super soldiers! Mind control! The capture and enslavement of child psychics! About a lot of Nazis still running around loose!

I missed some of those revelations.

The rest of the post, which is essentially a list of the things that Walker appreciates and admires, has that same sort of ping-ponginess: understandable and thoughtful contributor to culture, then a bizarre conspiracy theorist, then a book about Mandela, and then Alex Jones.

Jones, for those not familiar, is perhaps America's premiere conspiracy theorist. On the day that Dallas commemorated the 50th anniversary of JFK's death, Jones went to the city to holler about conspiracies through a bullhorn. To his radio audience, watching live, he explained his actions. "There are cancer viruses in their vaccines. You're being killed by eugenics. They write books about how they're doing it to you, and you're up there laughing." In Jones' universe, the government, big corporations, and shadowy who-knows-whats are always scheming to undermine, poison, and control regular-Joe Americans. Very slowly and subtly, apparently.

Walker likes him, saying that his "voice is a real voice," and that his persistence "endears him to anyone who loves the idea that a regular person can make sense of, and take offense at, the madness." Suggesting that Alex Jones takes offense at "the madness" is like positing that Michael Bloomberg is sick of New York City's rich people.

But then she praises Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning. "May you have joy," she writes to each — "you deserve this for the risks you took." She extols the music of Respighi, the film Twelve Years a Slave.

Jones discusses Icke.

And then British writer David Icke. Twice, actually — first the man himself and his radio show, then his book, Human Race Get Off Your Knees. The latter is a "radical history of how it all fits together," Walker writes. She wishes upon Icke "the peace that comes when a perplexing assignment has been taken on and, in service to humanity, lovingly brought to fruition."

That perplexing assignment is, in large part, explaining how mankind derives from a race of interdimensional reptilian beings. We've written about Icke and the topic before; reptilianism is an integral part of Icke's schtick. And in case you're wondering whether or not Walker endorses the reptilian worldview, here's part of her February review of Icke's book:

Earlier I wrote that David Icke reminded me of Malcolm X. … What I was remembering was how he called our oppressors “blue eyed devils.” Now who could that have been? Well, we see them here in David Icke’s book as the descendants of the reptilian race that landed on our sweet planet the moment they could get a glimpse of it through the mist that used to cover it (before there was a moon). No kidding. Deep breath! Yes, before there was a moon! (Oh, I love the moon; can I keep it? Please?). Anyway, there they came, these space beings (we’re space beings too, of course, not to forget that). But they looked…. different than us. And they were.

As far as celebrity year-end lists go, this is almost certainly the most unique offering. And when it comes to explications of reptilianism, it's hard to imagine they come in much more eloquent form. Though, you know, it's still an advocacy of reptilians.

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