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  • Judgment Night (2019/10/16 15:02)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Judgment Night by C L Moore. This book includes the short novel Judgment Night, plus several longish short stories, all written in the period 1943-50. Besides putting the novel first, there’s no evident rhyme or reason to the sequence of the contents. The title novel would make a good science fiction movie […]
  • TAZ (2019/10/15 20:19)
    This is an extract, provided by the author, from Blame It On Blake: a memoir of dead languages, gender vagrancy, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Corso & Carr by Jacob Rabinowitz, “a memoir of the Beat generation authors I knew, and my own explorations of Witchcraft, Egyptology, Voodoo, gender confusion and mind-altering drugs, authorized (more or less) by […]
  • Fantasy Encounter Games (2019/10/14 15:02)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Fantasy Encounter Games by Herbert A Otto. This little book is a “how-to” for dozens of activities that are intended to be entertaining and enlightening. Most of the games are conversational, although some involve non-athletic physical activity. They were documented in the early 1970s on the basis of experimentation and research […]
  • Mercury (2019/10/12 15:02)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Mercury: An Official Organ of the Societas Rosicruciana in America [also], by editor-in-chief George Winslow Plummer & al. “Rosicrucianism is a definite wave of human mentalism that, in its forward activity, has carried the human intellect higher with each progressive impulse, not for the purpose of intellectual development as […]
  • The Golden Ass (2019/10/10 15:02)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Golden Ass by Apuleius, translated by Robert Graves. Although the vulgar take the donkey as a symbol of ignorance and stupidity, occultists and magicians know better. Cornelius Agrippa, in his Vanity of the Arts and Sciences, praises the ass as a paradigm of virtue. Giordano Bruno, whose heliocentrism was wedded to […]
  • Peter Lamborn Wilson (2019/10/09 20:11)
    This is an extract, provided by the author, from Blame It On Blake: a memoir of dead languages, gender vagrancy, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Corso & Carr by Jacob Rabinowitz, “a memoir of the Beat generation authors I knew, and my own explorations of Witchcraft, Egyptology, Voodoo, gender confusion and mind-altering drugs, authorized (more or less) by […]
  • Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqzan (2019/10/08 14:56)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqzan: A Philosophical Tale by Ibn Tufayl, translated with an introduction and notes by Lenn Evan Goodman. Ibn Tufayl was a medieval thinker and an heir to the oriental philosophy of Avicenna (Ibn Sina) and the scholarship of Algazel (Al-Ghazali). His work Hayy Ibn Yaqzan […]
  • The Swordsman of Mars (2019/10/06 14:56)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline. I had known of Otis Adelbert Kline as a rival for the pulp mantle of exotic adventure accorded to Edgar Rice Burroughs, and was for some years interested to read his Martian sword-and-planet contributions. I expected them to seem derivative from […]

…tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past

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