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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism Anthology coming soon

Pre-order is not yet available, but this is something to watch for:

Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism: An Anthology of Critical Studies

Edited by Henrik Bogdan. Published by Oxford University Press. Due in the Spring of 2012.

Contributors to include Henrik Bogdan, Martin P. Starr, Wouter Hanegraaff, Alex Owen, Marco Pasi, Richard Kaczynski, Gordan Djurdjevic, Tobias Churton, Matthew D. Rogers, R. A. Gilbert, Massimo Introvigne, Ronald Hutton, Keith Richmond, Hugh Urban and Asbjørn Dyrendal.

Perdurabo Readings

Richard Kaczynski reads from 'Perdurabo' in episode 8 of Speech in the Silence podcast

Speech in the Silence Podcast

Don’t miss Richard Kaczynski reading two passages from the newly expanded and revised Perdurabo on the Speech in the Silence podcast, episode #8.

About this new edition, Dr. Marco Pasi (Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics) writes:

“Dr. Kaczynski has been able to uncover a host of previously unexplored sources which cast new light on Crowley’s life and works. Some are presented here for the first time in this revised edition. It is an achievement that deserves praise and I am sure the book . . . will be used by scholars and students for many years to come as an indispensable reference work.”

Avant-garde jazz musician John Zorn also praises this volume:

“Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Perdurabo is a revealing and unflinching look at the complex, enigmatic and always controversial figure known to us as Aleister Crowley. . . . Kaczynski has written one of the most enjoyable and riveting reads in recent memory. Newly revised and expanded this is the definitive Crowley biography.”

As a reminder, this book is now available for pre-order:

Perdurabo hardcover : $20 : http://bit.ly/d7bmsW

This will be available August 10, 2010, but is available now for pre-order.

The name “Aleister Crowley” instantly conjures visions of diabolic ceremonies and orgiastic indulgences—and while the sardonic Crowley would perhaps be the last to challenge such a view, he was also much more than “the Beast,” as this authoritative biography shows. Perdurabo (the magical name Crowley chose when inducted into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) traces Crowley’s remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as the world’s foremost authority on magick. Along the way, he rebels against his conservative religious upbringing; befriends famous artists, writers, and philosophers (and becomes a poet himself ); is attacked for his practice of “the black arts”; and teaches that science and magick can work together. While seeking to spread his infamous philosophy of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” Crowley becomes one of the most notorious figures of his day. Based on Richard Kaczynski’s twenty years of research, and including previously unpublished biographical details, Perdurabo paints a memorable portrait of the man who inspired the counterculture and influenced generations of artists, punks, wiccans, and other denizens of the demimonde.

Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., is the author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley, editor/annotator of a forthcoming edition of Crowley’s Sword of Song, and co-editor with Hymenaeus Beta of The Revival of Magick and Other Essays. He has been a student of the Western hermetic tradition since 1978, and has lectured internationally on these topics since 1990. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines (High Times, The Magical Link, Neshamah, Cheth, Mezlim, Eidolon, Different Worlds) and books (Concordance to the Holy Books of Thelema, The Golden Dawn Sourcebook, Rebels and Devils, People of the Earth). A research scientist and statistician with the VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center, Kaczynski is also affiliated with Yale University’s School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry). He lives in Ellicott City, MD.

Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics

Dr. Marco Pasi

Dr. Marco Pasi

Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics : Pre-order $85 : http://bit.ly/dsyvD2

This much anticipated English translation of Dr. Marco Pasi’s scholarly exploration of Crowley’s political influence will be available in October, 2010, and is now available for pre-order from Equinox Publishing.

The figure of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is one of the most important authors in the history of modern western esotericism. A prolific and eclectic author, he wrote novels, poetry, essays, and, above all, developed in his many writings his personal magico-religious doctrine. During his life he had the opportunity to meet, and at times to influence, a considerable number of figures in the most various milieus. This volume contains a study of Crowley’s relationship with the politics of his times, a crucial issue in order to understand the importance and the influence of his work.

Crowley, educated in the late Victorian age, shows many of the contradictions of this period. The search for an alternative way to express his religious feelings lead him to elaborate his own vision of political and social radical change. He announced a new era echoing the ideal of a “new man” proposed by the totalitarian regimes and the radical politics of his times, and at the same time anticipated some ideas made fashionable today by the “New Age” spirituality. The book follows the steps of Crowley’s intellectual development on the basis of the enormous corpus of published writings, but also through the analysis of numerous unpublished documents.

Marco Pasi is Professor in History of Hermetic philosophy and related currents. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Milan, and a PhD in Religious studies from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris). He has focused his research mainly on the relationship between modern esotericism and politics, on the history of the idea of magic, and on methodological issues related to the study of Western esotericism. He is a member of the editorial board of Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism and Politica Hermetica.

Peintures Inconnues d’Aleister Crowley: €19

Peintures Inconnues d'Aleister Crowley: la Collection de Palerme

Peintures Inconnues d'Aleister Crowley: €19

Peintures Inconnues : http://bit.ly/av1F1J : €19

This French-language paperback has all 16 paintings from the Palermo Collection, recently discovered and exhibited in Paris. In addition to the 16 full-color pages, this includes writings of Marco Pasi, William Breeze, Giuseppe Di Liberti, Alessandra Sandrolini, and Kenneth Anger. We hasten to repeat, it’s in French.

Rough translation of the description on the back of the book:

Founder of a new religion, magician, poet, painter, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) settled in the 1920s in Cefalù, where he founded the Abbey of Thelema. The series of paintings presented here, from an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, was discovered some years ago in a village near Cefalù. The exhibition expressed the importance of image and symbol in Occult. It includes studies of the Thoth Tarot, designed by Crowley twenty years later (1938 to 1942). Between visions and dreamlike hallucinations, a  psychotropic utopia of a primitive paradise, all of Crowley’s work has influenced the counter-culture and even pop music. The discovery of these paintings is the opportunity to examine the complexity of Crowley’s legacy.

La description originale en français:

Fondateur d’une nouvelle religion, magicien, poète, peintre, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) s’installe dans les années 1920 à Cefalù, où il fonde son Abbaye de Théléma. La série de peintures présentées ici, objet d’une exposition au Palais de Tokyo, a été découverte il y a quelques années dans un village proche de Cefalù. Elle explicite l’importance de l’image et du symbole dans le domaine occulte. Son étude atteste entre autres de son lien avec le jeu de Thoth, tarot conçu par Crowley vingt ans plus tard (1938- 1942). Entre visions oniriques et hallucinations psychotropes, utopie d’un paradis primitif, l’ensemble de l’oeuvre de Crowley a influencé la contre-culture autant que la musique pop. La découverte de ces peintures est l’occasion d’interroger la complexité de cet héritage.