I recently made the mistake of purchasing a used book online, not realizing that it had a previous owner’s comments scrawled inside. Although I, like probably everyone who still has a quaint attachment to paper, have seen this before, I was struck by these comments in particular.
Though short — mostly only four or five words at most — the scribbler’s nauseating snobbish personality and sense of self-importance shined through. He had dated many of his worthless comments, addressed the publisher (Oxford University Press) in several of them — as if to psychically alert them to his overblown sense of self-importance — and had concluded the 300-plus page book with, “Interesting, but reference material.” He had, of course, signed and dated this as well, as if it were equivalent to Picasso signing Guernica. Continue reading “The Death and Rebirth of Culture”→
I’ve sometimes been criticized by my female friends for suggesting that men might be more romantic than women. Women have to remind their boyfriends or husbands to do the little things like remembering an anniversary or Valentines Day, they remind me. Most men don’t want to go for walks along the beach at sunset, and they aren’t interested in dancing or flowers. But that’s not really what I mean by “romantic.”
The history of the term reveals something curious. From about the beginning of the 14th century, at least, “romance” referred to a story about a knight and his heroic deeds. Only from the 17th century did the term begin to refer to the “love story,” and only in the early 20th century was “a romance” used to describe a love affair. Continue reading “The Romantic Nature of Men”→
For readers interested in following my writing outside of Phalanx, I have just released a revised and updated (and I think considerably improved) edition of my Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism and Revolution in the Modern Age. It’s available through the usual channels, including Amazon.com here (for the USA) and Amazon.co.uk here (for those in Britain). There is also a forthcoming French edition.
About The Book:
The Crescent and the Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism and Revolution in the Modern Age is a timely survey of radical spirituality and political activism in Islam and the West over the last century and a half, The Crescent And The Compass uncovers numerous previously unknown and unexplored connections between European, American, and Middle Eastern movements, organizations, secret societies, and thinkers.
Subjects covered include Sufism and Islamic Gnosticism; Muslim revolutionaries and Freemasons; Rene Guenon, fringe Masonry, Traditionalism, and Islam; the early
history of the Shriners; the Ancient Order of Zuzimites; Charles, Prince of Wales and Islamic spirituality; and militant anti-Freemasonry.
Praise for the Book:
“The Crescent and the Compass is a highly significant work… of extraordinary importance in this time of cultural and even spiritual conflict” — New Dawn magazine.
“A Pioneering study” — Andrei Znamenski, author of Red Shambhala: Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia.
“… an excellent reminder of the wisdom that can come studying the intersections of cultures, people, and places” — Aimee E. Newell, The Northern Light.
“… a brilliant exposition on a neglected topic… crucial for an accurate understanding of Islam and Freemasonry today” — Greg Kaminsky, Occult of Personality podcast.
Signed Copies Available in the USA:
If you’re interested in purchasing a signed copy, and live in the USA, you can message me via the contact form here. Signed copies, purchased via Phalanx, are $15 + $3 post and packaging in the USA only (= $18 total) for paperback, and $25+ $3 post and packaging in the USA only (= $28 total).