When people ask me what my favorite pieces of psychedelic literature from the last 20 years are, I immediately tell them Graham Hancock’s Supernatural and Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles without even having to think twice about it. Of course, I’m not sure if anyone I’ve ever told this has actually taken my advice and read either one, but I’ll just keep repeating it in the off hope that at least one person will have their mind blown by the genius of either one of those epics. When people ask me for suggestions regarding books about magick, The Invisibles immediately jumps to the top of my list. This usually leads to someone arguing with me and informing me that The Invisibles isn’t an instruction manual on how to do magick to which I reply, that’s exactly the point. Since you can sum up basic sigil magick techniques in a few paragraphs, and chaos magick was supposed to be about pushing these techniques forward and creatively fitting them to your subjective microverse, I have zero idea why books regurgitating technique are even of much value at this point.… Read the rest
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Last week I was awakened suddenly in the night by the piercing of my spirit by a singular and concise burst of living information: “The Great Awakening”. That was it. Lord, they/I’ve been showing this to me/them for a while from afar/inside. Classic procession of Aeons fare. Occultism 101. Everyone of the mystical persuasion (or otherwise, let’s face it) thinks their time is going to be the one where we all collectively blink out in unison. I’ve never seen it. I don’t even understand what an apocalypse is supposed to mean. It could be defined a billion different ways. I could see a lot of us dying for sure, but there’s no way you could snuff us all to oblivion. Everyone waking up into a divine collective epiphany? Yeah, not buying that either. I was forced to reconsider when the hypnagogic downloads started. Then the phantom voices, the choirs of beatific smoke.… Read the rest
The ruthlessly eloquent condemnation of Grant Morrison, unleashed by Alan Moore earlier this year, still seems to be ringing through the mediasphere. Dangerous Minds sums it all up quite succinctly with “Alan Moore really hates Grant Morrison’s guts.”
One of the more enchanting rhetorical spells Moore casts against his fellow scribe, taken from Pádraig Ó Méalóid’s interview, is when he refers to Morrison’s “herpes-like persistence.” Which he intends as an insult, one would assume, but unfolds as an illuminating insight into what makes Morrison’s work resonate.
Persistence! Through all manner of obstacle and difficulty. It reminds me very much of Aleister Crowley’s magical motto: “Perdurabo” a latin word which is generally translated as “I will endure to the end.”
I for one would like to express my sincere gratitude for Grant Morrison’s herpes-like persistence, long may it endure!
Alan Moore, of course, still totally rules, and I very much look forward to his participation in Daisy Eris Campbell’s dramatic adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger.… Read the rest
Neşe Lisa Şenol gives a brilliant thirty-five minute lecture on the importance of psychedelic research in the social sciences and humanities. Neşe makes some avid points, such as riding the “Psychedelic Renaissance” to infiltrate academia, and finding a precedent for psychedelic studies in Queer Studies.
“Queer is whatever is at odds with the normal, the legitimate, the dominant,” she quotes from David M. Halperin’s Saint Foucault.
Grant Morrison’s Supergods even gets an honorable mention.
“KALI-YUGA is an epic dark fantasy/sci-fi graphic novel trilogy concerning the fate of the heroic, time traveling wizard named Abaraiis, who is born as a 500 year old man.”
As the name suggests, Benton’s artistic directions implicitly explore esoteric and mythological dimensions of our time. I wanted to hear more about how these ideas played into the creation of KALI-YUGA.
Here is our conversation.
Note! My readers should also see Benton’s Kickstarter campaign for KALI-YUGA. If the spirit so moves you, consider donating a little something to support this fantastic indie art project:
JJ: How do you situate yourself, as an artist, in a hyper-mediated, rampantly technologized time? From the looks of it, KALI-YUGA explores both mythology and some epic-sized science fiction.… Read the rest
One of the major players in the realm of comic books has been the United Kingdom, and one of its most important periods occurred in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s with the British Invasion of American comics. This period saw the influx of British creators, most of whom initially worked for DC Comics, creators such as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Simon Bisley, Dave McKean, Peter Milligan, and Scottish writer Grant Morrison. It is Morrison and his work that we will be sampling in this post, specifically, the brilliant and explosive introduction of Mr. Nobody - “the spirit of the twenty-first century” – which occurred in Doom Patrol #26. The issue was published in 1989 during the beginning stages of Morrison’s epic run in the series (#19-63).
About six months ago, I spontaneously started contemplating the nature of using the cut up technique popularized by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin to tap into what they referred to as the “third mind”. This automatic introspection occurred while I was perusing through the incredibly brilliant re-assembled art books of Robert Pollard. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been a Guided By Voices nut for quite some time, but I’ve never honestly written about this particular obsession or where it stemmed from before, and so I had an idea of combining these two things into one utterly bizarre piece of music writing.
Vivian, the editor of Redefine didn’t really get it, and neither did I consciously, but it was something I felt compelled to hash out nonetheless. Truth be told, I just don’t think any other writer did the band’s 2012 reunion albums justice, or had accused them of practicing a sort of unconscious witchcraft for that matter.… Read the rest
The other day I got yet another question about the nature of sex magick on the Facebooks (friend me) and it occurred to me, you know, if I had a quick guide I could refer these people to that’d make my life easier, and hell, not everyone’s going to ask me questions on Facebook (or follow me on twitter @Thad_McKraken) so I might as well just get it out there. As a matter of fact, I actually directed this person to an article Jason Louv just did on the topic, but I’m not super comfortable with that either, mainly because I completely rejected a lot of the supposed fundamentals of that protocol regarding sigil design years ago. I didn’t choose magick, magick chose me (long story and you’ll have to wait for my book), and maybe a part of the reason magick chose me is because I’d revise the narrative on the subject of what sex magick is and what it does.… Read the rest
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Grant Morrison killed Batman and Robin.
Batman came back, but it seems as though this Robin is dead for good. There have been a few different deaths of Batman’s greatest ally, but none have been as meaningful to one single writer as this one has. For those not following along, comics superstar Grant Morrison created Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al’Ghul, who took to the role of Robin with arrogance and, in the end, humbly sacrificed himself as a hero.
By fans, he was hated at first, then loved, and now the tears over his death are many.
In honor of the passing of this most recent Robin, I was given the opportunity to talk to Grant Morrison about his landmark run with Batman and Robin.
Bryan Young: I’ve read that your original plan was to kill Damian after just four issues?