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The Comedy of Agony

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Comedy of Agony: A Book of Poisonous Contemplations by Christopher Spranger from Leaping Dog Press:

Christopher Spranger's The Comedy of Agony from Little Dog Press


This slender volume of aphoristic meditations can be read in a variety of ways. One possibility is to consider it to be instructional scripture by Tyler Durden. Another would be a rich mine of sigfile quotes guaranteed to offend the pious and conventionally-minded. I think this one may need to go in my Christmas cards: “Had she only miscarried, the Virgin Mary could have saved the world.”

Spranger’s religious reflections presume a Biblical-Miltonian narrative, although his atheology has a wide scope, including admiration for the metaphysically sadistic aesthetics of Asian Buddhism. There’s no indication of familiarity with Aleister Crowley’s work, but Spranger’s strong affinity for and constant allusion to Nietzsche (who, unnamed throughout, is referenced once as “a certain leg-puller”) makes him a close cousin to Thelemites, at any rate. In particular, his piece on “The Attractions of Rage” makes a fine complement to Crowley’s chapter on love in Little Essays Toward Truth, and he makes some insightful remarks on the Thelemically-vexed term “compassion”: “Men to whom agony is unknown have grabbed a hold of this concept and perverted it completely, reducing it to something low and effortless, when in fact compassion requires risk and presupposes rank.”

Spranger is evidently resigned to embodiment, attachment, strife and sorrow, but he writes that like it’s a bad thing. One wonders what the return of Saturn has in store for the 28-year-old author. [via]



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Anonymous EtherSec: #OpEPOCH


“Greetings fellow Anonymous, Occupiers, and curious onlookers..
By now, you’ve probably heard of Ether Security. We are here to protect you. All of you.

Imagine the current World War as a game of Chess.. If you are on our team, you are a piece in the White setting. This is not your average White side. We have no King, and no Pawns, and many more than the standard number of other pieces.

Imagine the Global Occupy Movement are the Knights, using asymmetrical tactics to strike where unexpected and most effective.

Imagine the various Hacktivist Secs are the Rooks, powering through cyberspace to annihilate anything in their focused path.

Imagine EtherSec are the Bishops, the Spiritual Guides, and Unifying Force, bringing the Love and Lulz to the entire sphere of existence. Do you feel that Heartbeat?

Together, the entire setting is the Queen, the embodiment of the whole setting’s power. This Queen is an idea.. We cannot be checkmated, because we have no King. We will not fall to the dooms of tyranny because we do not believe in Pawns.

To put it simply, this is: Operation Evolving People Over Current Hostilities.

Revolution is a phrase to describe the passage from one petty tyranny to another.

This is Evolution.

We are building a World Without Fear. A world of Love. A world of abundance, without Zero-Sum thought, or exploitation of Humanity. Not only for us, or our children, but for our children’s children who will be unpoisoned by this unnatural time.


See also: http://pastebin.com/NY9Akxek