Ptolemy Tompkins

Ptolemy Tompkins has been an editor at Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is the author of numerous books, including Proof of God and Proof of Angels, and the collaborator with Eben Alexander on the New York Times bestseller Proof of Heaven. His writing has been featured in Beliefnet.com, Harper’s, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in New York.

Books by this Author

Proof of God
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. 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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. I'm a fan of all the usual ones.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I think it was Proust who said that we never know when we're happy, only when we were happy. I don't know about perfect happiness, but I know I'd enjoy being able to inhabit certain moments of the past again, only as the person that I am now. To climb back into my past self kind of like a space suit and do it all over again, the same only... different. Actually, I think a lot of writers have this dream, and that that's one reason why at least some people become writers to begin with.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Spaghetti or opium.

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