“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fun Take on ESSAYS IN SATANISM

I'm not sure yet, but this may be my favorite thing anyone has written about my book. "Merry Merry" compares her MA Qualifying Exam Reading List to the "Project Faust" reading list given in the "Deep Satanism" introductory chapter to my book - I've added comments below: ____________________________________________________

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Reading List
The MA Qualifying Exam Reading List was recently given to me so I might prepare for the next few years of study leading up to my MA exam and thesis in comparative literature. I am told that the list is only a part of the fundamentals I should be reading, especially since everyone has a different area of emphasis (mine is early American Literature, but I have also been deeply drawn to the modern period). I thought I might make a quick comparison of the MA Reading List to that given by Sass in his book, Essays in Satanism. There is yet more valuable information in that chapter, and it certainly exemplifies the type of extensive study I admire of Satanists.
Sass is much broader in his demands for ancient cultures. English degrees tend to shy away from translated works in favor of close reading at the word and punctuation level. Language demands on students are becoming increasingly tenuous as more of them choose to ignore the intellectual rigor of Latin and Greek. (Unlike some, I don't demand a regular return, but some pressure to understand a little for anyone studying the classics is essential to keep good scholarship alive).
The MA list demands works that directly address the question of how to read literature. No surprise there since authors can be a bit masturbatory without uncovering any truth behind creativity, which is largely subjective.
Sass is light on Anglophone writers (not from Britain or America) though I wouldn't call this a flaw per se. It is more like a less imperialist conscious view of the English cannon. Its inclusion on the MA list reflects the general emphasis on "diversity of literature." Though I dislike the reason there is an anglophone section, I would not object to reading any of the books listed.
Sass pounds government and historically relevant documents into the ground. I applaud it. Since the rise of the "new historical reading" in literature, history has taken a back seat to old theories such as Marxism or Freud, who are not unworthy of study by any means, but do not replace a sense of time, political and socio-economic historical fact that influences writing. In part it is the influence of New Criticism (Formalism) that has short-sightedly insisted that the great works stand alone.
The biggest common denominator is that they both appreciate the logical grouping of great works and don't shy away from the classics.
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MY COMMENTS:
It is interesting to read this comparison. I imagine the MA req. reading is much more limited and focused than my list, because 1) If I'm not mistaken, the MA is a 2-year degree, my list is intended to be an outline for a lifetime reading plan, and 2) the MA list seems (by inference) to be focused on English Lit., whereas my intention was to give a broad interdisciplinary background in world classics, history, philosophy, science, literature, politics, economics, etc.

Also, as someone who dropped out of high-school, it was particularly amusing to read comments like "Sass pounds government and historically relevant documents into the ground", as if I were another professor!

Thank You Merry Merry for the kind words and interesting take on my curriculum!
JDS

3 comments:

Kevin I. Slaughter said...

To a few people, like it or not, you are now a defacto professor!

"teacher of highest rank"

MR. OBSIDIAN said...

"Professor Sass" does have a nice ring to it!

Merry said...

Well, professor, now you just need some grad students willing to kiss your ass for a letter of recommendation.

The big joke is that English majors are really supposed to be everything majors. It is rarely that case.