Chuck Klosterman on the darker side

Apparently there’s some thoughts about Aleister Crowley in Chuck Klosterman’s new book I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) as detailed in “Chuck Klosterman on the darker side” over at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Still, when it comes to pop-culture writing, Klosterman, who will discuss his book at the Free Library on Thursday night, is still a master of observation. (‘It does not seem like photographs of Aleister Crowley should exist. . . . He seems like a creature who should have lived long ago, before cameras . . .’ It’s so true!) He’s also very funny. More on Crowley, the English occultist and mystic: ‘Two of his central creeds were (a) never make claims that cannot be proven and (b) never pretend to be something you are not. This is actually excellent advice, although horribly impractical for a pansexual magick user who once tried to kill a personal rival with mind bullets.’ And when he’s right, he’s right. On Crowley again: ‘It still means something to care about Aleister Crowley. It’s code. . . . It means your superficial sympathies fall with the opposite of whatever you were taught to believe.'” [via]