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Mel Smith and other fond farewells in wake of Snoo

Michael Coveney missed out hearing Simon Callow regale a funeral going audience with tales of his adventures while researching Aleister Crowley in Sicily. How’s that for passing mention of Aleister Crowley in “Mel Smith and other fond farewells in wake of Snoo“? I know about the abysmal Bruce Dickinson film where Simon Callow played a surprisingly good Crowley, but I wasn’t aware of an as yet unmade film. Cowell was pretty much the only thing worth watching in Chemical Wedding but, even then, you’d best just stop watching in the middle to avoid the unnecessary death of brain cells entailed by a full viewing. But, what is this about some other Crowley film, as yet unfilmed?

“I was out of town on Friday and unable to attend Snoo Wilson’s funeral, but my friend Peter Ansorge assures me that Simon Callow was on fine form, in a purple suit, singing Snoo’s praises and recounting their hilarious adventures while researching in Sicily the film about Aleister Crowley they never managed to make.” [via]

Black Magic is Not a Myth in Articles by Aleister Crowley.

“‘Why was he thrown out of both those countries?’ they ask.

The explanation of why I left is quite simple and unsensational. I took a villa at Cefalu in Sicily for work and play. We began the day with family prayers; we occasionally celebrated a semi-religious ceremony known as the Gnostic Mass.

Several people who were my guests at the ‘abbey’ made imaginative copy out of their visits.” [via, also], [see]

Reviewer sounds bitter and maybe needs some love

Reviewer sounds bitter and maybe needs some love at “Aleister Crowley: The Biography Review“.

“It is the belief of Tobias Churton that a perverse ‘hatred of bourgeois attitudes’ is what motivated Aleister Crowley until the very end of his days.

I’m not so sure. Crowley liked his creature comforts and his zany posturing would fit in well with upper-class dilettante life. Crowley lived off family money for as long as he could and, when the inheritance expired, tried to raise funds by suing everyone for defamation of character. Such were his delusions of grandeur one of Crowley’s aliases was Count Vladimir Svareff and, after graduating from Cambridge, he bought a castle near Loch Ness. There was also a villa in Sicily where Crowley presided over his orgies like a Victorian patriarch.”

And, check out the masthead for the Express, for a bit of synchronistic symbolism:

If you’re interested in biographies of Aleister Crowley, you may want to check out Aleister Crowley: The Biography: Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master and Spy by Tobias Churton.

Abbey of Thelema

 

Abbey of Thelema in ruins...

 

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