December 31, 2011

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Greylodge Occult Review (GLOR) Archives

Back online, the archives of the legendary Greylodge Occult Review

The Alterati Archives

The gigantic podcast archives of Alterati. The Inside Scoop on the Outside Culture.

The Conspiracy against the Human Race – Thomas Ligotti


Should the human race voluntarily put an end to its existence? Do we even know what it means to be human? And what if we are nothing like we suppose ourselves to be? In this challenging philosophical work, celebrated supernatural writer Thomas Ligotti broaches these and other issues in an unflinching and penetrating manner that […]

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U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel – Washington Times

The Navy just found a way to reduce its dependence on possible adversaries for oil — it’s converted seawater into jet fuel. Navy researchers have announced a major technological breakthrough, saying that they have been able to convert seawater into CO2 and hydrogen, Defense One reported. By successfully clearing the chemical hurdle, scientists can now […]

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Eduardo Paolozzi: As Is When (1965)

As Is When is Eduardo Paolozzi’s homage to the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein created after reading his biography written by George Vaughan Wright. Wittgenstein’s study of linguistic systems coincided with Paolozzi’s love of toys and games and influenced his approach to the “syntax” and “vocabulary” of picture-making. The work began as a series of collages whose [...]

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Peter Swirski (ed.): The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem (2006)

The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, whose works include Return from the Stars, The Cyberiad, A Perfect Vacuum, and Solaris, has been hailed as a “literary Einstein” and a science-fiction Bach. The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem provides an inter-disciplinary analysis of his influence on Western culture and the creative partnering of art [...]

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Northrop Frye: Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays (1957–) [EN, PT, ES]

Striking out at the conception of criticism as restricted to mere opinion or ritual gesture, Northrop Frye wrote this magisterial work proceeding on the assumption that criticism is a structure of thought and knowledge in its own right. In four brilliant essays on historical, ethical, archetypical, and rhetorical criticism, employing examples of world literature from [...]

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Watch the lunar eclipse ‘blood moon’ tonight, and witness the beginning of the end of the world (maybe)


  If you’re into skygazing, you really should stay up late tonight (April 14, April 15) and watch the first of a series of four “blood” moons — a sequence of lunar eclipses called a tetrad that will occur over the next two years, and which some religious types believe signifies the beginning of the apocalypse. Mars […]

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A history of the Black Bloc from the stimulator on Vimeo. This week: 1. Madrid resists austerity2. A History of the Black Bloc3. Le Peuple de l’Herbe – Parler le fracas 4. Street fighting in Montréal Download SD (108mb) • HD (545mb) • OGG (65mb) • Translate • Torrent • Vimeo Further reading Crowd Control & Riot ManualWarrior Publications – 28 pages, letter – [ read […]

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Begotten-E. Elias Merhige


Breaking New Ground And Finding the Grotesque By JANET MASLIN   At least in the abstract, E. Elias Merhige’s wordless black-and-white film “Begotten” is an imposing work. Mr. Merhige, who is a painter and performance artist (and the founder of Theater of Material, members of which appear in the film), means to re-envision primitive myths […]

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Malcolm Hayes: Anton von Webern (1995)

In this biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest composers, Malcolm Hayes sets Webern’s radical technical advances against the Romantic inheritance of nineteenth-century Austro-Germany, tracing the development of a man and his music. Born into the Imperial, musical heritage of Vienna, Webern became captivated by Renaissance vocal music, and this student passion was to [...]

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Quoz? (1975)

Two issues of a “Bay Area Dada” magazine from the mid-1970s. The first one is a collection of short poems by over 40 authors including Anna Banana, Ken Friedman, and Genesis P. Orridge. The latter issue features pen and ink drawings by Opal L. Nations divided into four sections entitled “On the Study of Genetics”, [...]

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Martin Esslin: The Theatre of the Absurd (1961–)

In 1953 Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot premiered at a tiny avant-garde theatre in Paris; within five years, it had been translated into more than twenty languages and seen by more than a million spectators. Its startling popularity marked the emergence of a new type of theatre whose proponents – Beckett, Adamov, Ionesco, Genet, Pinter, [...]

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The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic


In an era of potent concern over internet pornography, cyber-bullying, and drugs, it is hard to imagine a game being controversial. But 30 years ago Dungeons & Dragons was the subject of a full-on moral panic, writes Peter Ray Allison. At the beginning of 1982′s ET, a group of teenage boys are indulging in a […]

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The Savage Sorting: Culling the Human Herd in the 21st Century


by JOHN STANTON “There is a de facto redefinition of “the economy” when sharp contractions are gradually lost to standard measures. The unemployed who lose everything…easily fall off the edge of what is defined as “the economy” and counted as such. So do small shop and factory owners who lose everything and commit suicide. And […]

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Sally Banes: Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance (1980/87)

“Sally Banes writes criticism with a dancer’s feel for dancing, a personal acquaintance with the choreographers she writes about, a solid knowledge of critical theory, and an awareness of the many relationships of post-modernism to the contemporary cultural context. Terpsichore in Sneakers is a first-rate contribution to our post-modern dance. Banes restricts her discussion to [...]

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Alchemical Alembics & Desert Wines – An Interview with Maynard James Keenan

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Posted by David B. Metcalfe Last year I had the opportunity to speak with Maynard James Keenan for a short Q & A that ran in Alarm Magazine. Keenan’s work with the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer have penetrated deep into the cultural consciousness, but it was another passion of his that provided the […]

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So You Think You’re Smarter Than A CIA Agent : Parallels : NPR


The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria. It wasn’t the only question she was considering; there were others: Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014? Will Russian armed forces […]

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046: Experience Design, Experience Design, Experience Design!

Brian Clark has a knife

Steve chats with Brian Clark (GMD Studios) about the practice of Experience Design: What it is, the philosophy surrounding it, and examples of good and bad design. Their conversation touches on everything from ARGs to Starbucks to the movie Her to elevators. They also talk about the recent acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook, Twin …

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Shamil Jeppie, Souleymane Bachir Diagne (eds.): The Meanings of Timbuktu (2008)

In a joint project between South Africa and Mali, a library to preserve more than 200 000 Arabic and West African manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries is currently under construction. It is the first official cultural project of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), the socio-economic development plan of the [...]

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Stop Comparing the NSA to 1984 (and Start Comparing It to Philip K. Dick) – Atlantic Mobile


As any intelligence operative knows, isolated facts don’t tell you much. If some random person mentions a bomb somewhere on the Internet, is that a threat? A joke? A mistake?  To understand data you need a context and a narrative. You need to be able to put it in a story.

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Barbara Cassin (ed.): Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (2004–) [FR, EN]

This is an encyclopedic dictionary of close to 400 important philosophical, literary, and political terms and concepts that defy easy–or any–translation from one language and culture to another. Drawn from more than a dozen languages, terms such as Dasein (German), pravda (Russian), saudade (Portuguese), and stato (Italian) are thoroughly examined in all their cross-linguistic and [...]

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Roger Shattuck: The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I., Rev. ed. (1955/1968)

In this book Roger Shattuck portrays the cultural bohemia of turn-of-the-century Paris who carried the arts into a period of renewal and accomplishment, and laid the ground-work for Dada and Surrealism. “…Then came the idea–a kind of gambler’s hunch–that the trio Rousseau-Satie-Apollinaire represented several significant aspects of the period and could reveal them better than [...]

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Watch | The Crisis Of Civilization

image The Crisis Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system. Proving that ‘another world’ is not merely possible, but on its way.

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