Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Some Things I Wrote This Year

Love's Secret Ascension: Coil, Coltrane & The 70th Birthday Of LSD

"So now, during this anniversary of profound significance, I have come to a transformative idea. If you're not going to make music out of it, I don't want to hear about your last acid trip."

Interview with Alan Moore

"BLVR: But we can tell stories about the god being aware of itself.
AM: Yes, and to some degree, ontologically, the creation of a metaphysical being actually is that metaphysical being. If gods and entities are conceptual creatures, which I believe they are self-evidently, then the concept of a god is a god. An image of a god is the god—a little closer to hand."

Old School Dungeons & Dragons: Wizards of the Coast’s Problem Child

“To put it another way, Dungeons & Dragons has become a game preferring combat to role-playing. It favors prefab characters acquiring new skills and powers over a character that the player comes to identify with; a character whose development determines the course of the game.”

How to Unwrap a Mummy: On Roger Luckhurst's The Mummy's Curse

“In an attempt to unravel the belief in the mummy’s supposed hidden supernatural powers, Luckhurst’s book maps out not the actual country of Egypt as it existed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but rather the Egypt that existed as a simulacrum within British culture.”

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