Detail of the cover of The Land of Kui.

Pulp Fiction, Gnosis, and The Allegory of the Lurid

A peculiarity of popular culture, which is also commercial culture, is that it dislikes competing with its own earlier iterations. It therefore tends to be dismissive or even hostile in…

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Gnosis, Love, and The Roots of Chivalry

Denis de Rougemont’s Love in the Western World is in part a critique of fictional portrayals of romantic love, whether in film, TV, novels or plays. He argues that the…

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Lightning and Thunder From the East: Understanding the Thought of Azsacra Zarathustra

Everyone knows the old Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, “The only thing you have nothing to fear is fear itself.” Well, be afraid. Be very afraid. Be afraid, like Zeus. Because…

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American Dasein: The USA and Deep Identity in The Multipolar World

“The US is a community of deeply individualistic mystics,” says Alexander Dugin in his Eurasian Mission: An Introduction to Neo-Eurasianism. We should get something out of the way at the…

Swingeing London 67 Release by Richard Hamilton.

Contempt of The Human: Autonomy, Relationships, and Self-Reflection

Until just a few years ago I imagined that we should be able to generate our own self-conception rather than letting other people’s opinions determine who we think we are….

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Rihanna Revolution: Black Nationalism and Resistance in American Oxygen

Probably the most interesting and provocative music video of the last decade has provoked perhaps predictable tepid moralizing from certain quarters. If you haven’t seen it, do. Interspersed with footage…

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Sex, Death, and The Esoteric Message of Plato’s Symposium

Introduction: Plato’s Symposium is one of the author’s middle-period dialogues composed, according to scholarship, sometime between 385 and 370 BC, some thirty years at least after the event that it…

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In Praise of Shadows: A Short Review of the Work of Azsacra Zarathustra

Part Brahman (Hindu priest) and part Kshatriya (warrior) — in terms of “warfare, aggression, and valour” — is how Dr. Santosh Kumar describes Russian author Azsacra Zarathistra. Zarathustra is the…

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Punisher: A Symbol of Iraqi Freedom And Un-Americanism?

“Nobody asked my permission.” This is the slightly un-superhero-like response of Gerry Conway, one of the creators of the Punisher comic book character, to its recent adoption by Iraqi and some…