In Starhawk’s Truth or Dare, the concept of Magic is described as “the art of changing consciousness at will.” To me, magic doesn’t have to be witchcraft, but can easily be explained as the power of the mind. Many talk about how visualization and imagination is such a powerful tool.
In music, visualization is often used for practicing purposes. If you can’t hear what the music should sound like, there is little chance you will be able to play it.
This also links to power of religion as well. You may not be able to see all entities at all times, but the power is there invisible to the senses.
Another Roadside Attraction pokes fun at religion, referring to a great entity as the Infinite Goof. Yet, the tone that Robbins inflicts is somewhat ambiguous due to authorial intrusions. On page 12 itself, the text takes an abrupt turn and includes many philosophical thoughts.
“Happiness is a learned condition.”
“It is content, or rather the consciousness of content, that fills the void.”
It is somewhat unusual that Robbins seems to show philosophy as the preferred belief system rather than religion. The other content in the text is somewhat surrealist and bizarre. This sudden turn into the formality and logic of philosophy makes a departure for the generally casual and seemingly random occurrences.
Page 16 makes an allusion to the style of Biblical text: “On the tenth day, in the midst of a late communal breakfast…” Again, this kind of authorial intrusion is obvious because of the clear mismatch between the style of writing and the much more casual (and modern) content.
Page 180 has another fairly obvious authorial intrusion in the Horoscope added onto the page. Particularly interesting is the phrase: “Another Roadside Attraction is also a Sagittarian. But don’t jump to any conclusion.” Like any good reader, I don’t like doing what books tell me to do. I think this phrase might be referring to the idea that Sagittarians are honest, even brutally so.
I think the even bigger question is whether that is really true. We don’t really know how honest this text is, only how explicit and negative the narrator’s view of Amanda is.