December 31, 2011

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Greylodge Occult Review (GLOR) Archives

Back online, the archives of the legendary Greylodge Occult Review

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The gigantic podcast archives of Alterati. The Inside Scoop on the Outside Culture.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 87

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” enchanted millions of readers around the world and popularized the emerging Latin American literary genre known as magic realism, has died. He was 87. Garcia Marquez died Thursday at his home in Mexico City, Mexican media reported. A cause of death was […]

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William S. Burroughs – On Coincidence

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Certain pragmatic observations are useful for travellers in the magical universe. One law, or rather expectation, is that lightning usually strikes more than once in the same place. Here’s a big fire in a Kentucky night club, over a hundred dead. Heroic busboy announced the fire and calmed the guests, or the casualties would have […]

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Trafficking with Elementals: Kenneth Grant and Arthur Machen – Christopher Josiffe

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    Kenneth Grant, born in 1924, is widely regarded as the ‘grand old man’ of British post-war occult scene. Grant is unique in that he is almost certainly the only person still alive to haveknown all three of the most influential figures in the twentieth century occult world, havinghad close personal relationships with both […]

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Beyond Transcendence: 8 Great Cautionary Tales of Man and Machine

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Pretty much since the birth of the concept of robotics, nearly a hundred years ago, minds both scientific and literary (or both) have imagined the possibilities of melding man and machine. From early science fiction pioneer Isaac Asimov, who popularized robotics in the 1940s, through hard-sci-fi descendants Michael Crichton (The Terminal Man, Prey), Vernor Vinge (True Names, Marooned in Realtime) and cyberpunk […]

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Charles Alexander (ed.): Talking the Boundless Book: Art, Language, & the Book Arts (1995)

Essays from Art & Language: Re-Reading the Boundless Book, a Minnesota Center for the Book Arts Symposium, 1994: Dick Higgins, Steven Clay, Johanna Drucker, Charles Bernstein, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Susan Bee, Toshi Ishihara & Linda Reinfeld, Katherine Kuehn, Jo Anne Paschall, Colette Gaiter, Alison Knowles, Byron Clercx, Brad Freeman, Karen Wirth. Publisher Minnesota Center [...]

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Wolf Vostell, Dick Higgins (eds.): Fantastic Architecture (1971)

Published by Dick Higgins’ own seminal Something Else Press, Fantastic Architecture is an adaptation of the German book Pop Architektur (Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf, 1969) and features artists involved in Fluxus, pop and conceptual art movements addressing the field of architecture through collages, captions and mini-manifestos. With works by Gerhard Rühm, Claes Oldenburg, Raoul Hausmann, Kurt [...]

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Journal of Peer Production, No. 4: Value and Currency (2014)

“In the context of earlier understandings of peer production, the question of value and even more of currency has been rather marginal. This issue of the Journal of Peer Production (JoPP) demonstrates that theories and practices of value and currency are moving into the foreground. There has been a veritable explosion of experiments with currency [...]

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Le Corbusier: Complete Works in 8 Volumes (1930-70) [French/English/German]

Published between 1930 and 1970, in close collaboration with Le Corbusier himself the eight volumes comprise a comprehensive record of the buildings, projects, sketchbooks, manifestos, drawings, and texts of one of the 20th century’s most influential architect. Volumes 1-2, 4-7 edited by Willy Boesiger; Volume 1 co-edited by Oscar Stonorov, Volume 3 edited by Max [...]

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Google Wants To Put A Camera On Your Eyeball

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We knew Google was experimenting with computerized contact lenses, and we knew Google’s been selling cameras that strap to your face. So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that Google wants to place a camera on your eyeball. But we are anyway. The tech giant filed a patent application (published last month) that describes a contact lens that […]

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Julian Cope-The Modern Antiquarian

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The stones of Callanish are explored again, this time by an energetic and erudite Julian Cope. The Modern Antiquarian was a 55-minute TV documentary produced by the BBC in 2000 as a spin-off from Cope’s book-length study of the ancient past of the British Isles, The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-Millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain (1998). Cope has always been […]

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Alan Riddell (ed.): Typewriter Art (1975)

In this dazzling “tribute to the typewriter and its particular qualities,” Alan Riddell compiled 119 works by 65 practitioners from 18 countries. The opening pages are devoted to three pioneers of the 1920s — Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, Pietro de Saga (the pseudonym of Stefi Kiesler, wife of the Austrian architect Friedrich Kiesler) and an unidentified [...]

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Kayvon Edson, ‘Artist’ and Boston Bomb Hoaxer — Daily Intelligencer

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The man who thought it would be funny or subversive to drop a backpack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing while yelling “Boston Strong!” has been identified as 25-year-old Kayvon Edson. Barefoot and bounding creepily, like Heath Ledger’s the Joker, down Boylston Street in a black […]

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John Zerzan: On Modernity and the Technosphere

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Published on Jan 19, 2013 Other Voices Other Choices:http://othervoicesotherchoices.blogsp… Binghamton University; April 2, 2008 John Zerzan is a prominent proponent of primitivism (aka green anarachy).

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Police Are Testing a “Live Google Earth” To Watch Crime As It Happens

In Compton last year, police began quietly testing a system that allowed them to do something incredible: Watch every car and person in real time as they ebbed and flowed around the city. Every assault, every purse snatched, every car speeding away was on record—all thanks to an Ohio company that monitors cities from the […]

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The Conspiracy against the Human Race – Thomas Ligotti

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Should the human race voluntarily put an end to its existence? Do we even know what it means to be human? And what if we are nothing like we suppose ourselves to be? In this challenging philosophical work, celebrated supernatural writer Thomas Ligotti broaches these and other issues in an unflinching and penetrating manner that […]

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U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel – Washington Times

The Navy just found a way to reduce its dependence on possible adversaries for oil — it’s converted seawater into jet fuel. Navy researchers have announced a major technological breakthrough, saying that they have been able to convert seawater into CO2 and hydrogen, Defense One reported. By successfully clearing the chemical hurdle, scientists can now […]

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Eduardo Paolozzi: As Is When (1965)

As Is When is Eduardo Paolozzi’s homage to the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein created after reading his biography written by George Vaughan Wright. Wittgenstein’s study of linguistic systems coincided with Paolozzi’s love of toys and games and influenced his approach to the “syntax” and “vocabulary” of picture-making. The work began as a series of collages whose [...]

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Peter Swirski (ed.): The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem (2006)

The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, whose works include Return from the Stars, The Cyberiad, A Perfect Vacuum, and Solaris, has been hailed as a “literary Einstein” and a science-fiction Bach. The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem provides an inter-disciplinary analysis of his influence on Western culture and the creative partnering of art [...]

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Northrop Frye: Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays (1957–) [EN, PT, ES]

Striking out at the conception of criticism as restricted to mere opinion or ritual gesture, Northrop Frye wrote this magisterial work proceeding on the assumption that criticism is a structure of thought and knowledge in its own right. In four brilliant essays on historical, ethical, archetypical, and rhetorical criticism, employing examples of world literature from [...]

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Watch the lunar eclipse ‘blood moon’ tonight, and witness the beginning of the end of the world (maybe)

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  If you’re into skygazing, you really should stay up late tonight (April 14, April 15) and watch the first of a series of four “blood” moons — a sequence of lunar eclipses called a tetrad that will occur over the next two years, and which some religious types believe signifies the beginning of the apocalypse. Mars […]

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A HISTORY OF THE BLACK BLOC – PART 1

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A history of the Black Bloc from the stimulator on Vimeo. This week: 1. Madrid resists austerity2. A History of the Black Bloc3. Le Peuple de l’Herbe – Parler le fracas 4. Street fighting in Montréal Download SD (108mb) • HD (545mb) • OGG (65mb) • Translate • Torrent • Vimeo Further reading Crowd Control & Riot ManualWarrior Publications – 28 pages, letter – [ read […]

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Begotten-E. Elias Merhige

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Breaking New Ground And Finding the Grotesque By JANET MASLIN   At least in the abstract, E. Elias Merhige’s wordless black-and-white film “Begotten” is an imposing work. Mr. Merhige, who is a painter and performance artist (and the founder of Theater of Material, members of which appear in the film), means to re-envision primitive myths […]

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Malcolm Hayes: Anton von Webern (1995)

In this biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest composers, Malcolm Hayes sets Webern’s radical technical advances against the Romantic inheritance of nineteenth-century Austro-Germany, tracing the development of a man and his music. Born into the Imperial, musical heritage of Vienna, Webern became captivated by Renaissance vocal music, and this student passion was to [...]

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Quoz? (1975)

Two issues of a “Bay Area Dada” magazine from the mid-1970s. The first one is a collection of short poems by over 40 authors including Anna Banana, Ken Friedman, and Genesis P. Orridge. The latter issue features pen and ink drawings by Opal L. Nations divided into four sections entitled “On the Study of Genetics”, [...]

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