Omnium Gatherum: March 26, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for March 26, 2019

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  • Opus Alchymicum, 2nd edition, “the white edition”, by J Daniel Gunther

    Gunther Opus Alchymicum 2nd white edition

    “The second edition of Opus Alchymicum is now available! This second edition is bound in white cloth and stamped in gold, so it is called the White Edition. The size is 9″ x 12″ with 56 full color pages and is accompanied with a slipcase. There are a few additions not present in the first edition.”

    “This volume relates the unique personal and spiritual journey of Gunther at a key time in his progression, resulting in a series of fascinating and transformational alchemical images which further reinforce the intimate link between the artistic and spiritual life.”

  • The Great Introduction to Astrology by Abū Maʿšar, edited, translated, &c. by Keiji Yamamoto, Charles Burnett, with David Pingree [HT Ghayat al-hakim (Picatrix) ‏]

    Yamamoto Burnett Pingree Abu Masar The Great Introduction to Astrology

    “Abū Ma’͑šar’s Great Introduction to Astrology (mid-ninth century) is the most comprehensive and influential text on astrology in the Middle Ages. In addition to presenting astrological doctrine, it provides a detailed justification for the validity of astrology and establishes its basis within the natural sciences of the philosophers. These two volumes provide a critical edition of the Arabic text; a facing English translation, which includes references to the divergences in the twelfth-century Latin translations of John of Seville and Hermann of Carinthia (Volume 1); and the large fragment of a Greek translation (edited by David Pingree). Comprehensive Arabic, English, Greek and Latin glossaries enable one to trace changes in vocabulary and terminology as the text passed from one culture to another. (Volume 2.)”

  • Going for Gold” — Dmitri Levitin, Literary Review; about the late 2018 book Newton the Alchemist: Science, Enigma, and the Quest for Nature’s ‘Secret Fire’ by William R Newman [HT Arts & Letters Daily]

    Newman Newton the Alchemist

    “‘Historians of alchemy’, wrote Herbert Butterfield in 1949, ‘seem to become tinctured with the kind of lunacy they set out to describe.’ Seventy years on, readers may believe that this gloriously rude assessment needs no updating. But what, then, are we to make of the fact that the greatest scientific hero of them all, that model of geometric rationality, Isaac Newton, devoted a great proportion of his life to the pursuit of transmutation? This was the problem that faced another titan of his discipline, the economist John Maynard Keynes, when in 1936 he acquired at auction a large number of Newton’s papers dealing with alchemy. Newton, Keynes was forced to declare, ‘was not the first of the age of reason’ but rather ‘the last of the magicians’.”

  • Calling time” — Llewelyn Morgan, Lugubelinus [HT Lili Saintcrow]

    “Time is whatever it is.

    But what a culture does with time, how it gets organised, can be one of the most revealing things about a culture. The books listed at the bottom of this post have lots of interesting things to say on the topic, but this is a blog about how the Romans organised time, and ultimately how the ordering of time became, like pretty much everything else that the Roman elite concerned themselves with, a means for political assertion and self-promotion.

    (Quite a lot of what the Romans did with time is still with us, as it happens, too.)”

  • Strange Vistas from the Occultism of Coil and Psychic TV” — Dan Siepmann, PopMatters

    “Clearly, Psychic TV considered their sculpted product to be the magickal lodestar, whereas for Coil, true ritual potency came from discovering new paths during the production process. But such approaches were necessary to conjure the divergent places each band sought for its listeners. These places manifest the three rifts that cleaved apart the bands’ artistic visions, while showcasing a final truth: occultism served Psychic TV’s means—to sate worldly desire through magick—and Coil’s ends—to step entirely inside of magick.”

  • Rendering Unconscious – Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry [also, also], edited by Vanessa Sinclair, due in April

    Sinclair Rendering Unconscious

    “In times of crisis, one needs to stop and ask, “How did we get here?” Our contemporary chaos is the result of a society built upon pervasive systems of oppression, discrimination and violence that run deeper and reach further than most understand or care to realize. These draconian systems have been fundamental to many aspects of our lives, and we seem to have gradually allowed them more power. However, our foundation is not solid; it is fractured and collapsing – if we allow that. We need to start applying new models of interpretation and analysis to the deep-rooted problems at hand.

    “Rendering Unconscious” brings together international scholars, psychoanalysts, psychologists, philosophers, researchers, writers and poets; reflecting on current events, politics, the state of mental health care, the arts, literature, mythology, and the cultural climate; thoughtfully evaluating this moment of crisis, its implications, wide-ranging effects, and the social structures that have brought us to this point of urgency.

    Hate speech, Internet stalking, virtual violence, the horde mentality of the alt-right, systematic racism, the psychology of rioting, the theater of violence, fake news, the power of disability, erotic transference and counter-transference, the economics of libido, Eros and the death drive, fascist narratives, psychoanalytic formation as resistance, surrealism and sexuality, traversing genders, and colonial counterviolence are but a few of the topics addressed in this thought-provoking and inspiring volume.

    Contributions by Vanessa Sinclair, Gavriel Reisner, Alison Annunziata, Kendalle Aubra, Gerald Sand, Tanya White-Davis & Anu Kotay, Luce deLire, Jason Haaf, Simon Critchley & Brad Evans, Marc Strauss, Chiara Bottici, Manya Steinkoler, Emma Lieber, Damien Patrick Williams, Shara Hardeson, Jill Gentile, Angelo Villa, Gabriela Costardi, Jamieson Webster, Sergio Benvenuto, Craig Slee, Álvaro D. Moreira, David Lichtenstein, Julie Fotheringham, John Dall’aglio, Matthew Oyer, Jessica Datema, Olga Cox Cameron, Katie Ebbitt, Juliana Portilho, Trevor Pederson, Elisabeth Punzi & Per-Magnus Johansson, Meredith Friedson, Steven Reisner, Léa Silveira, Patrick Scanlon, Júlio Mendes Rodrigo, Daniel Deweese, Julie Futrell, Gregory J. Stevens, Benjamin Y. Fong, Emma Lieber, Katy Bohinc, Wayne Wapeemukwa, Patricia Gherovici & Cassandra Seltman, Marie Brown, Buffy Cain, Claire-Madeline Culkin, Andrew Daul, Germ Lynn, Adel Souto, and paul aster stone-tsao”

  • Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers, and Magical Rebels, edited by Katie West and Jasmine Elliott, with foreword by Kristen J Sollée; picked up by a publisher after a successful crowdfunding effort, due in April

    West Elliott Sollée Becoming Dangerous

    “The difference between the witch and the layperson is that witches already know they are powerful. The layperson may only suspect.

    Edgy and often deeply personal, the twenty-one essays collected here come from a wide variety of writers. Some identify as witches, others identify as writers, musicians, game developers, or artists. What they have in common is that they’ve created personal rituals to summon their own power in a world that would prefer them powerless. Here, they share the rituals they use to resist self-doubt, grief, and depression in the face of sexism, slut shaming, racism, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression.”

  • A YEAR IN MUSIC: 1891, music hall’s boom-de-ay heyday” — Sophia Deboick, The New European

    “Wonder and spectacle were the bywords of 1891. In March, the Great Blizzard in the south of England resulted in 15ft snowdrifts that magically transformed the landscape. It was still an age of enchantment, as indicated by the fact that Helena Blavatsky, the founder of the esoteric theosophist movement, and William Robert Woodman, co-founder of the occultist Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which Aleister Crowley would later become the most famous member, both died yet left still active movements behind them.”

  • Suffering for the summit: One climber’s personal & painful journey to the top of K2” — Jacqueline Cutler, New York Daily News; about One Man’s Climb: A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy, and Triumph on K2 by Adrian Hayes

    Hayes One Man's Climb

    “Just getting to the foot of K2 starts with a weeklong trek across a glacier. And once you get there, there is no there, just bleak, uninhabited space. Everything, from housing and communications to food and first aid, has to be carried in.

    It’s not a job for the faint of heart, or light of wallet.

    It never has been. The mountain wasn’t even surveyed until 1852, and the first known climbing attempt was in 1902, an expedition of upper-class mountaineers including self-proclaimed warlock Aleister Crowley. They made it to about 20,000 feet before turning back.”

  • Instagram as Archive: Blake and Digital Art Culture” — William Blake Archive

    “Exciting news: the William Blake Archive now has an Instagram. This additional platform will enable Blake’s materials to reach new audiences through a primarily visual application, bringing decades of digital archival work into the pocket-sized cellular devices of over one billion active monthly users worldwide. Both known for ease of access and for interweaving the visual with the textual, Instagram and the William Blake Archive are a natural fit for one another.”

    View this post on Instagram

    Curious about the origins of the William Blake Archive Instagram? Check out this blog post on Hell’s Printing Press, The Blog of the Blake Archive and Blake Quarterly. We’re so happy to share this project with everyone! ✨ . . . link: . . . #WilliamBlake #BlakeArchive #digitalhumanities #romanticism #romanticart #illumination #illustration #BritishArt #digitalarchive #propheticart #visionaryart #dream #surreal #blake #blakean #Europeanart #arthistory #blog #blogpost #williamblakeblog #instagramarchive #digitalartculture #universityofrochester #originstory #article #post #hellsprintingpress #blakequarterly

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  • Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dalí, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made by Josh Frank and Tim Heidecker, illustrated by Manuela Pertega [HT Hyperallergic]

    Marx Brothers Dalí Frank Heidecker Partega Giraffes on Horseback Salad

    “This lushly illustrated graphic novel re-creates a lost Marx Brothers script written by modern art icon Salvador Dali.

    Grab some popcorn and take a seat…The curtain is about to rise on a film like no other! But first, the real-life backstory: Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, who’d befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever. Author and lost-film buff Josh Frank unearthed the original script, and Dali’s notes and sketches for the project, tucked away in museum archives. With comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, he’s re-created the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full-color, cinematic, surreal glory. In the story, a businessman named Jimmy (played by Harpo) is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dali-esque fantasy. With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world—but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance. Includes new Marx Brothers songs and antics, plus the real-world story behind the historic collaboration.