“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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What am I reading?

One of the most frequent questions I get in person is "What are you reading?" I hate answering this, especially to people I don't know, because 1) its none of their fucking business, and 2) usually they would have no idea what it is about or why I would be interested in it. I'm also irrationally protective of my privacy, like anyone really gives a rat's ass what I'm into or why, or when. This is the reason I rarely post book reviews even though I'm a voracious reader and typically read several books a week.

So for those who are interested at all, this is the tip of the iceberg, by way of highlights from my backlog/record of dot-com orders from the past two years or so. Remember this barely scratches the surface of what I read. I own an antiquarian/second-hand bookstore and typically bring home SEVERAL BOXES of books every week for my own use. There is no way I'm going to log all that, much less everything I actually read, skim, or browse through for specific pieces of information.

These are in reverse order, most recent first:

Gregorian Chant (A Midland Book)
Willi Apel

Solving in Style
John Nunn

Chess Wizardry: The New ABC of Chess Problems (American Batsford Chess Library)
John Rice

Scratchboard for Illustration
Ruth Lozner

The Art of Scratchboard
Cecile Curtis

Bonatti on Nativities
Guido Bonatti, Benjamin N Dykes

Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq
Michael Scheuer

Rene Guenon: A Teacher for Modern Times
Julius Evola

For My Legionaries (The Iron Guard)
Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

The Prison Notes
Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, Julius Evola

The Complete Picatrix: The Occult Classic Of Astrological Magic Liber Atratus Edition
John Michael Greer, Christopher Warnock

Baroque and Rococo Pictorial Imagery: The 1758-1760 Hertel Edition of Ripa's Iconologia with 200 Engraved Illustrations
Cesare Ripa

Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism
John Gage

Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction (Color & Culture)
John Gage

Syncretism in the West : Pico's 900 Theses (1486) : The Evolution of Traditional Religious and Philosophical Systems : With a Revised Text, English Tr
Stephen A. Farmer, Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola

A Dictionary of Alchemical Imagery
Lyndy Abraham

A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne (1635).
George. Introduction by Rosemary Freeman.

The Transcendent Unity of Religions (Quest Book)
Frithjof Schuon, Huston Smith

An International Armorial: The Historical File of the House of Leopardi of Constantinople

The Greek Qabalah: Alphabetical Mysticism and Numerology in the Ancient World
Kieren Barry

Medieval Number Symbolism: Its Sources, Meaning, and Influence on Thought and Expression
Vincent Foster Hopper

An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines
Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Studies in Freemasonry and the Compagnonnage
Rene Guenon

Symbolism, the Sacred, and the Arts
Mircea Eliade, Diane Apostolos-Cappadona

Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art (2 Vol. Set)
Helene E. Roberts

Iconography of Christian art (2 Vol. Set)
Gertrud Schiller

The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future
Robert Darnton

Signs and Symbols in Christian Art: With Illustrations from Paintings from the Renaissance (Galaxy Books)
George Ferguson

Hermetic Museum, Restored and Enlarged
Arthur E. Waite

Master of Death: The Lifeless Art of Pierre Remiet, Illuminator
Michael Camille

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Tim Weiner

The Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards
Michael Dummett

Allegories of the Virtues and Vices in Mediaeval Art
Adolf Katzenellenbogen

A Theory of Semiotics (Advances in Semiotics)
Umberto Eco

The Magical Calendar: A Synthesis of Magial Symbolism from the Seventeenth-Century Renaissance of Medieval Occultism (Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourcewo)
Adam McLean

The Medieval Craft of Memory: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures (Material Texts)
Mary Carruthers, Jan M. Ziolkowski

The Search for Neofascism: The Use and Abuse of Social Science
A. James Gregor

Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance
Erwin Panofsky, Gerda S. Panofsky

A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World
Nicholas A. Basbanes

Tommaso Antongini

Fascism: An Informal Introduction to Its Theory and Practice (Issues in contemporary civilization)
Renzo De Felice

Anthony James Joes

The First Duce: D'Annunzio at Fiume
Professor Michael Arthur Ledeen

The Book Of Symbols: Reflections On Archetypal Images (The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism)
Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, ARAS

Astrology, Magic, and Alchemy in Art (A Guide to Imagery)
Matilde Battistini

"Boney" Fuller: The Intellectual General
Anthony John Trythall

Symbolic Images: Studies in the Art of the Renaissance
E.H. Gombrich

The Forty Chapters of al-Kindi
Abu Yusuf al-Kindi

Atlantis and the Cycles of Time: Prophecies, Traditions, and Occult Revelations
Joscelyn Godwin

Works of Sahl & Masha'allah
Sahl ibn Bishr, et al

Introductions to Traditional Astrology
Abu Ma'shar, et al

Grimoires: A History of Magic Books
Owen Davies

Persian Nativities I: Masha'allah and Abu 'Ali
Masha'allah, et al

Persian Nativities II: 'Umar al-Tabari and Abu Bakr
Umar al-Tabari, et al

Persian Nativities III: Abu Ma'shar on Solar Revolutions
Abu Ma'shar

Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy
Joseph Crane

The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology
Vivian E. Robson

The Judgments of Nativities
Abu Ali Al-Khayyat,

Mystical Astrology According to Ibn 'Arabi (The Fons Vitae Titus Burckhardt series)
Titus Burckhardt, et al

Ecology in the Twentieth Century: A History
Anna Bramwell

The Transformist Illusion
Douglas Dewar

The Path of Cinnabar
Julius Evola

Principles of Tantra (Parts 1 and 2 bound in One) The Tantratattva of Sriyukta Siva Candra Vidyarnava Bhattacarya Mahodaya
Arthur Avalon, John Woodroffe

On the Genre and Message of Revelation: Star Visions and Sky Journeys
Bruce J. Malina

Book of Instructions in the Elements of the Art of Astrology
et al Al Biruni

The Beginning of Wisdom (Translation From Hebrew)
Avraham Ibn Ezra, et al

Primary Directions: Astrology's Old Master Technique
Martin Gansten

Ancient Astrology Theory and Practice: Matheseos Libri VIII
Julius Firmicus Maternus

Sacred Art of Shakespeare: To Take Upon Us the Mystery of Things
Martin Lings, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales

Classical Music of North India the First Years of Study: The Music of the Baba Allauddin Gharana As Taught by Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar College
Ali Akbar Khan, George Ruckert

The Raga Guide: Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas
Various Artists

101 Raga-s for the 21st Century and Beyond: A Music Lover's Guide to Hindustani Music
Haresh Bakshi

Ragas of Northern Indian Music
Alain Danielou

Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond (Music in the Twentieth Century)
Michael Nyman

Stockhausen on Music
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Robin Maconie

Improvisation: Its Nature And Practice In Music
Derek Bailey

Homo americanus:: Child of the Postmodern Age
Tomislav Sunic

Against Democracy and Equality: The New European Right
Tomislav Sunic, et al

New Culture, New Right: Anti-Liberalism in Postmodern Europe
Michael O'Meara

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