“Happy with Tears: On Melancholy as a Hungarian Condition” (Nick Loomis)

Los Angeles Review of Books, July 20, 2016 HUNGARIAN ESSAYIST László F. Földényi recently published a post on the Yale Books blog “Unbound” entitled, “Are Hungarians Melancholic?” As it happens, I’ve spent the past month ruminating over the same question, as a fellow Hungarian (half) and reader of Földényi’s newly translated (by Tim Wilkinson) book, Melancholy (1988). “Why are Hungarians sad?”…

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“Meet the Intellectual Founder of Brazil’s Far Right” (Letícia Duarte)

The Atlantic, 28 December 2019 Editor’s Note: This article is part of our “Democracy Undone” series about the erosion of liberal democracy around the world. PETERSBURG, Virginia—Talking with Olavo de Carvalho can be an exercise in self-restraint. As I walked into his house for an interview recently, he was sitting behind his desk, his gray hair neatly combed…

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If you knew that you would die today If you saw the face of God and Love Would you change? Would you change? If you knew that love can break your heart When you’re down so low you cannot fall Would you change? Would you change? How bad how good does it need to get? […]

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How many people rise and say “My brain’s so awfully glad to be here For yet another mindless day”? I’ve got all morning to obsessively accrue A small nation of meaningful objects And they’ve got to represent me too By this afternoon, I’ll live in debt By tomorrow, be replaced by children How many people […]

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“Pure comedy” (Father John Misty)

The comedy of man starts like this Our brains are way too big for our mothers’ hips And so Nature, she divines this alternative We emerged half-formed and hope that whoever greets us on the other end Is kind enough to fill us in And, babies, that’s pretty much how it’s been ever since Now…

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“Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in” (Mickey Newbury)

Woke up this mornin’, The sundown shinin’ in. I found my broken mind, In a brown paper bag of Zen. Tripped on a cloud, I fell eight miles high. Tore my mind upon a jagged sky. I just dropped in to see what condition, My condition was in. Ah, ah. Pushed my soul in a…

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Amen to this beautifully visionary song… Before you advertise All the fame is implied With no fortune unseen Sell the rights to your blight time machine While I’m dulled by excess (dulled by excess) And a cynic at best (cynic at best) My art imitates crime Paid for by the allies, so invest Now I’m […]

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“Trickster” (Paul Radin)

Few myths have so wide a distribution as the one, known by the name of the Trickster, which we are presenting here. For few can we so confidently assert that they belong to the oldest expressions of mankind. Few other myths have persisted with their fundamental content unchanged. The Trickster myth is found in clearly…

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“Working Notes of a Practising Neo-Generalist (#16) — On Montaigne and how to remember the books you read” (Mark Storm)

MEDIUM, April 3, 2018 On the ceiling beams of the Tower where he wrote his famous Essais, Montaigne had sayings carved into the wood; Latin and Greek quotes from the classical authors to inspire him. One of these is from Pliny the Elder (Naturalis Historia, ii. 7): “Solum certum nihil esse certi et homine nihil miserius aut superbius”…

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“Open the Kingdom” (Philip Glass)

Days of fishes Distant roar Turning to speak Turning to hear Turning to speak Turning to hear Open the kingdom Open the kingdom Open the kingdom Open the kingdom Open the kingdom Open the kingdom Open the kingdom Open the kingdom In my way In my way Being most uncertain And this remains Still for…

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“Metaphysical Unease as a Result of Biological Disturbance” (Daniel Maidman)

Dude, you’re missing Joel-Peter Witkin… HuffPost, 02/24/2016 When I saw “Beautiful Beast,” at the New York Academy of Art, I hadn’t written anything about art for a while. I’ve been a bit out of circulation lately — my schedule has gotten to the point where I must often choose between painting and writing, and painting…

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Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “Nietzsche & Gnosticism” (Raj Ayyar)

Aen Byte Gnostic Radio, 16 October 2019 Friedrich Nietzsche remains today a cultural icon and enigmatic philosopher. His ideas have informed many modern art expressions and occult movements. But are the Gnostic themes in the ideas of Nietzsche? We answer that question by exploring various Nietzschean concepts like the Death of God, Eternal Reoccurrence, Apollo &…

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Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “Dealing with Christian superstition” (Robert M. Price)

Superstition is more than just believing in fiction. It’s a dangerous incubator for cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, and warped perceptual filters. Most of all, superstition cuts us off from experiencing the sublime and engaging in deep introspection. We deal with Christian superstition, from the notions of eternal damnation to the idea of a personal Jesus…

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“Made, not born” (Adrienne Mayor)

WHO FIRST IMAGINED the concepts of robots, automata, human enhancements, and Artificial Intelligence? Historians tend to trace the idea of the automaton back to the medieval craftsmen who developed self-moving machines. But if we cast our nets back even further, more than two thousand years ago in fact, we will find a remarkable set of…

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“How to live better, according to Nietzsche”(Becca Rothfeld)

THE ATLANTIC, October 2018 As the author reflects in his new memoir cum philosophical excursion, Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are, the German thinker aimed “to terrify rather than instruct us. John Kaag’s fascinating new book about the German thinker seeks to tether philosophy back to the mess of daily experience. Hiking With Nietzsche:…

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Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “Defeating the Archons”, with Jay Weidner & Laurence Galian

What exactly are the Archons? Are they rebellious angels? Extraterrestrial invaders or alien mind parasites? We present a special show on the Powers and Principalities with two brilliant thinkers. Just as important as understanding the reality of the Archons, we gain the insights and tools to overthrow their tyrannical yoke on humanity and a dying…

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“Democracy is for the gods” (Costica Bradatan)

The New York Times, July 5 2019 It should be no surprise that humans cannot sustain it. “Why do democracies fail?” We’ve heard that question a lot in the past few years, in books, on opinion pages and cable news shows, and in an increasingly anxious public debate. But I almost always find myself answering…

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“In praise of failure” (Costica Bradatan)

The New York Times, December 15, 2013 If there was ever a time to think seriously about failure, it is now. Costica Bradatan is an associate professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University and the religion and comparative studies editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of the forthcoming Dying…

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“If you’re frightened of dying…” (Meister Eckhart)

  “The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that won’t let go of your life. Your memories, your attachements, They burn’em all away. But they’re not punishing you he said,… They’re freeing your soul… If your frightened of dying, and you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away.…

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Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “The Egyptian Origins of Gnosticism” (Miguel Conner)

Any true ecstasy is dangerous. It resembles the last stage of initiation in the Egyptian mysteries when, instead of the ultimate knowledge, one is told, “Osiris is a black divinity.” The absolute remains unknowable. I see a form of madness, not of knowledge, in the ecstasy of life’s ultimate origins. You cannot experience it except…

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“Estamos nos tornando uma teocracia”: entrevista com Harold Bloom

Folha de S. Paulo, 24/09/2005 “Creio que sou religioso, mas de um modo herético. Acho que em algum lugar, além deste reino, além do nosso cosmo, haja um sonho em exílio, um princípio divino, e acho que há um fragmento disso em cada ser humano, mas este se acha enterrado tão fundo, tão oculto no…

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“The swearword, the telegram, the epitaph” (Costica Bradatan)

JANUS HEAD, Summer/Fall Open Issue 2006 | 9.1 Book review: The Fragment: Towards a History and Poetics of a Performative Genre. By Camelia Elias Bern: Peter Lang, 2004. 397 pp. ISBN 3-03910-470-5. Paperback. $73.95. One of the most remarkable accomplishments, though a somehow paradoxical and (self-)ironical one, of Camelia Elias in The Fragment. Towards a…

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“Cioran: a Dionysiac with the Voluptuousness of Doubt” (Ion Dur)

Preface Cioran’s code Reading – or writing a book about Cioran – you cannot but help wonder if Cioran himself would have approved of such an enterprise. To comment on a thinker proclaiming the futility of all things and the primacy of delusion, is not this “the heights” – to use the word in the…

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“Cosmic Pessimism” (Eugene Thacker)

Continent, 2.2 (2012), 66-75 We’re Doomed. Pessimism is the nightside of thought, a melodrama of the futility of the brain, a poetry written in the graveyard of philosophy. Pessimism is a lyrical failure of philosophical thinking, each attempt at clear and coherent thought, sullen and submerged in the hidden joy of its own futility. The…

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“The Patron Saints of Pessimism: Emil Cioran, Friedrich Nietzsche, and other funsters” (Eugene Thacker)

LITERARY HUB, July 19, 2018 If all is for naught, then why bother writing it down? Caught in a vicious circle, ensnared in the logical absurdities of awkward self-awareness. It seems there are one of two options: either speak to this situation, or remain silent. The writer’s failure is that they know they should choose…

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