Sunday, July 2, 2017

Catching up on blog reading



The Groupname for Grapejuice blog has an interesting, relatively short post on Giordano Bruno's influence upon James Joyce, "The Bitch's Shadow." 

Referring to Joyce, Znore writes, "His later books are magical spells or counter-spells painstakingly constructed to, through the art of memory operating mostly unconsciously for readers, to smash the nightmarish lockdown of history -- "...the ruin of all space, shattered glass and toppling masonry, and time one livid final flame..." -- and to reveal the eternal in every moment ... Joyce is perhaps alone in transforming his writing into a functioning magical force."

Oz Fritz has a new post up, "Magick, Linguistics and the Plane of Immanence." It was posted on June 23, probably not a coincidence. He remarks in passing that both Robert Anton Wilson and Timothy Leary described themselves at times as stand-up philosophers. Could they have gotten that from Alan Watts calling himself a "spiritual entertainer"?

Elsewhere in the piece Oz writes that "solar invocations or references to Tiphareth occur at the start of Illuminatus!, Schrodinger's Cat, Masks of the Illuminati, and Email to the Universe by Robert Anton Wilson."

Oz has been participating in the Email to the Universe online discussion, but I couldn't immediately find a comment about a solar invocation. But see his first comment to the opening piece where he renders the title of the book into the qabalistic sentence 23, a "death/rebirth" meme.

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