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Practical Paganism: Allister Crowley, Jorges Borges & Umberto Eco As Metaphysicians

A short introduction to Aleister Crowley, Jorges Borges and Umberto Eco:

Recently a friend of mine admonished me with a quote from Allister Crowley (“release yourself from the passion of results”) because of my impatience during a disscussion about a creative project we are working on together. It seemed rather odd to me to hear Crowley quoted in such context. As the infamous magus, scholar, and otherwise, his philosophies were some of the pretexts for movements impatiant with cumbersome morals and social dictates of that era, such as the ‘revival’ of hedonism in the 1890’s and the Neitschesque creed of action ver thought. The friend’s simple sentence has been running in my mind over and over the last few weeks, not so much as a reminder to stay calm but to remind me of how the struggle of the sentient mind over the confines of the reality around him has been going on for quite a long time.

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Jorge Luis Borges’ Influence on Other Writers

Here’s a great sub-site from a Jorge Luis Borges site with analysis of Borges’ influence on numerous writers, including: Grant Morrison, William Gibson, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Umberto Eco and others.

Morrison: I had a dream where I was on a train going through a horrible bone-like station. The name on the platform said “Orqwith,” so I’d thought I’d use it. Also, part of this dream was that this fictitious world was infiltrating parts of itself into our world. But like you say, it’s got a lot to do with stealing work of a blind Argentinian writer.

AH: I’m afraid I stopped reading after “The Garden of Forking Paths.”

Morrison: So you haven’t finished Labyrinths?

AH: I did read ‘”Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” and the one about Don Quixote.

Morrison: I think he’s wonderful. I just have baths in this sort of thing. That was one of the things I wanted to Introduce in Doom Patrol. All those strange paradoxes and philosophical curios.

Borges as an Influence

(via the Barbelith Underground).

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