Speaking of Genesis P-Orridge & Magick

Here is great podcast of Genesis P-Orridge speaking about the Crowlien philosophy known as Thelema.



"Here is a special treat, featured on U.S. Grand Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis web site as part of the "Thelema Now" podcast series, an interesting interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge hawking his new book "30 Years of Being Cut Up'. It's quite interesting to hear GBP-O take us through his evolution through magick. As well as his own evolution through his pandrogyny. Listening to Genesis talk through this interview and explain the process of what he has gone through is quite fascinating and validating to a career that continues to be important."

The OTO web site offers the follwing write up;

Musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge talks about using magick to make the world a better place, challenging the status quo and the power of the cut-up style of art.

Visit Thee Brad Miller Blog to hear it.

Thanks Mike!

Categories: Music, Magick

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More from the gentleman who goes by Old Chum

Categories: Photography, Books

From the pages of DOT Dot DOT

Dot Dot Dot is a magazine published out of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They have thus far published 17 issues. Their latest issue features Genesis P-Orridge on the cover. In their words:

"Since its conception in 2000 DDD has immatured into a jocuserious fanzine-journal-orphanage based on true stories deeply concerned with art-design-music-language-literature-architecture and uptight optipessimistic stoppy/revelatory ghostwriting by friendly spirits mapping b-sides and out-takes pushing for a resolution in bleak midwinter through late summer with local and general aesthetics wound on an ever tightening coil."







More information here

Categories: Magazines, art

Own Art (good art) and Rare Signed Books


The amazing photo magazine, Blind Spot will be hosting a live auction at X Initiative in Chelsea on December 15th. All sorts of signed books. original art and photography by dozens of artists (including one of my favs, Stephen Shore) will be auctioned. Art work preview and online bidding begins on December 1st. Click here for more details.

Categories: Events, art, Books, Photography

Reading List | The Official CIA Manual of Trickery & Deception

Below text via Dangerous Minds, where there's more links:

The CIA has released its official secrets of magic (stage magic, that is, don’t get any ideas) in a just-published book. Now THAT sounds like an excellent holiday present for quite a few people I know. From Wired:

At the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency paid $3,000 to renowned magician John Mulholland to write a manual on misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft. All known copies of the document — and a related paper, on conveying hidden signals — were believed to be destroyed in 1973. But recently, the manuals resurfaced, and have now been published as “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception.” Topics include working a clandestine partner, slipping a pill into the drink of the unsuspecting, and “surreptitious removal of objects by women.”

This wasn’t the first time a magician worked for a western government. Harry Houdini snooped on the German and the Russian militiaries for Scotland Yard. English illusionist Jasper Maskelyne is reported to created dummy submarines and fake tanks to distract Rommel’s army during World War II. Some reports even credit him with employing flashing lights to “hide” the Suez Canal.

But Mulholland’s contributions were far different, because they were part of a larger CIA effort, called MK-ULTRA, to control people’s minds.

Categories: Books, Reading List, Crime, Magic

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There's only two more weeks to see this show (it closes on December 12th), so what are you waiting for...


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Who Reads What Reading List

From 1988 - 2007 the Gardiner Public Library in Gardiner, Maine has been compiling an annual Who Reads What list in which they ask the most accomplished in their fields to suggest the books that have influenced them. Below are just a few of the many people involved with the project.




The Standard Oil Company by Ida M. Tarbell
One Thousand by George Seldes
Aims of Education by Alfred North Whitehead
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Shame of the Cities by Lincoln Steffens


Jonathan  Franzen


Independent People by Halldór Laxness
The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
"Two under-appreciated twentieth-century masterpieces"






Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay
"I consider Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds a must-read not only for all investors - but for all thinking people. As Charles Mackay's classic so clearly demonstrates, follow the herd and you may just be headed straight for the slaughterhouse. With examples ranging from the Tuilpmania that occurred in the 1600's to the over-blown technology sector that we just experienced in the stock market, this recently updated classic is just as relevant today as it was the day it was published in 1841."





Trails Plowed Under by Charles m. Russell    

"Our greatest painter and sculptor of horses - better than Remington.  Also, great frontier-American humor in his story-telling.  Russell was a roper and a night wrangler; lived with Indians in Montana for 11 years - funny, funny reading!"


"The New New Thing" by Michael Lewis    

"Business journalist Michael Lewis has written a fascinating account of entrepreneur Jim Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics and Netscape, and Clark’s creation of Healtheon, his third billion-dollar company. This offers a new view of the future of the Internet, and an insider’s vision of Silicon Valley’s business."



The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Cousin Betty by Honoreé del Balzac

"The Eustace Diamonds of Trollope's, which is part of the Phineas Finn and Palliser series of novels, deeply moved me, and resulted in my reading all of Anthony Trollope. I found him to be one of the most pleasurable of English authors and his books have given me years of enjoyable reading. "Cousin Betty of Balzac's, part of his human comedy (one hundred novels) also affected me and I've since read all of Balzac that I could find in English."




Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown 

Sacred Hoop by Paula Gunn Allen 

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole 

Orlando by Virginia Woolf 

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton 

Ceremony by Leslie Silko

" Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford, Ph.D, by far the most thorough and readable book I've found about the contributions of Native American people to the world. lso, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Paula Gunn Allen (Native American and feminist subject)."

" A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Funny, poignant, real New Orleans. Also, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, and Ceremony by Leslie Silko, Native American."



Fifth Business | The Manticore | The World of Business by Robertson Davies
Night at the Circus by Angela Carter
Money by Martin Amis
Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd
The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin
Libraby Don Delillo   

"I read something like three books a week, so trimming down became an exceptionally daunting prospect. These few are works that really stayed with me and I can assure the reader of a jolly good time with any of the following. Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders by Robertson Davies. These books form a trilogy so read them in order. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter. Wonderfully surreal. Money by Martin Amis. Funny, bitter, extremely British. Brazzaville Beach, by William Boyd. Caring, poignant and terribly romantic. The Viveroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin. One of the greatest writers of this last twenty years. Libra by Don Delillo. Alarming and American."



Gone South by Robert McGammon
Gospel by Wilton Barnhardt
The Twelfth Angel | The Greatest Salesman in the World, Part 2 by Og Mandino
Collected Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
A Few Figs from Thistles by Edna St. Vincent Millay




The Silver Chalice by Thomas Costain
The Robe by Lloyd Douglas
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

"By the time I was around twelve, some of my favorite books were The Silver Chalice, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Robe. As an adult I have thoroughly enjoyed 100 Years of Solitude and The Prince of Tides.

Both as Governor of Arkansas and now as President of the United States, I must spend a lot of time reading every day.  I also read about 70 fiction and nonfiction books each year."


Kim by Rudyard Kipling




The Foutainhead by Ayn Rand    

"This tale of an idealistic architech is a compelling tribute to man's quest for personal freedom. I read it first in college and it had a profound effect on me at that time."




Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf





Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy     

"The most beautiful love story ever."



People by Peter Spier    

"People, by Peter Spier, is a delightful book, for adults of all ages as well as for children. Beyond its charm, it is a smiling lesson of ecology. I am impatient to share my delight with my grandchildren."



Nothing if Not Critical by Robert Hughes    

"Nothing if Not Critical by Robert Hughes. The greatest art critic of our time brings us up to date not only with the Art of our Time, but the Art of Criticism."

Categories: Reading List, Books

Boy With Asperger's Syndrome Rides Subway for 11 Days

Usually I don't like to post news because you can get that just about anywhere else. However, I found this story heartbreaking and the main character poetic. It would make a great movie.



"A 13-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome—a form of autism that often causes difficulty with social interaction—spent 11 days in the subway system last month. In a heartbreaking Times article, Francisco Hernandez Jr. tells how he took refuge in the subway for over a week because he got in trouble in class and "didn't want anyone to scream at me" at home. He says nobody spoke to him the entire time he rode the trains, and when the reporter asked him if he "saw any larger meaning in that," Hernandez replied, "Nobody really cares about the world and about people."

Hernandez subsisted on snacks bought on subway platforms and spent a lot of time sleeping, using his backpack as a pillow as he rode the trains from one end of the line to the next. "At some point I just stopped feeling anything," he tells the Times."

Via Gothamist

....and now back to our scheduled program



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