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Apparently, the only people who have untold secrets about the occult are white dudes, or are famous because of their connection to white dudes.There tiny nuggets of interesting buried in this collection of essays, but most of the writers were self absorbed misogynist asshats whose ideas deserve to be forgotten From the essay about why Wiccans should shut up and obey the writer because he s Crowley s heir, to some very baffling essentialist messes, most of this was a waste to time to read I gav Apparently, the only people who have untold secrets about the occult are white dudes, or are famous because of their connection to white dudes.There tiny nuggets of interesting buried in this collection of essays, but most of the writers were self absorbed misogynist asshats whose ideas deserve to be forgotten From the essay about why Wiccans should shut up and obey the writer because he s Crowley s heir, to some very baffling essentialist messes, most of this was a waste to time to read I gave this two stars because I loved the Grant Morrison essay on Pop Magic that opened the book The rest of the book was about 50% terrible, though the bits on the history of the modern occult were interesting I especially found the part on Jack Parsons to be good [[ Free E-pub ]] ⇧ Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult ★ Disinformation s wicked warlock Richard Metzger gathers an unprecedented cabal of modern occultists, magicians, and forward thinkers in this large format Disinformation Guide Just as Russ Kick s Guides focusing on secrets and lies from the mainstream media, government, and other establishment institutions rethought what a political science book could look like and whom it would appeal to, Book of Lies redefines occult anthologies, packaging and presenting a huge array of magical essays for a pop culture audience Just some of the contents An introduction by comics genius Grant Morrison, who also contributes a threepart article on Pop MagickMark Pesce, author of The Playful World, compares computer programming and spellcastingGenesis POrridge, father of Industrial Music and Rave culture explains how samples in a rave song can have magical consequencesPaul Laffoley discusses his magical artistic strategies Metzger compares Laffoley to Merlin the MagicianMagical Thinking an extended excerpt from Daniel Pinchbeck s Breaking Open the HeadWilliam Burroughs and the occultNevill Drury, Australia s most noted occult writer, tells of Dion Fortune, Austin Spare, and Rosaleen NortonWhy Does Aleister Crowley Still Matter Donald Tyson s The Enochian Apocalypse Working Were the seeds of the end of the world sown in the Elizabethan eraThe first ever biographical essay on Marjorie Cameron, the fascinating character from Los Angeles occult and beatnik sceneHitler and the occult Peter Levenda interview by Tracy TwymanRobert Temple on how his book The Sirius Mystery s, controversial thesis for which he was ridiculed was proven by the Hubble telescope twentyfive years lateAn exclusive Anton LaVey interview by Michael Moynihan, author of bestselling book Lords of ChaosErik Davis, author of Techgnosis, looks at H P Lovecraft s Magick Realism The Visual Dictionary of Ships and Sailing magicians Fact and Artifact: Writing Nonfiction and forward thinkers in this large format Disinformation Guide Just as Russ Kick s Guides focusing on secrets and lies from the mainstream media The Suicide Exhibition (The Never War government The Suicide Exhibition and other establishment institutions rethought what a political science book could look like and whom it would appeal to Language, Truth, and Logic Book of Lies redefines occult anthologies Uniform Dolls packaging and presenting a huge array of magical essays for a pop culture audience Just some of the contents An introduction by comics genius Grant Morrison Short Stories by William Faulkner who also contributes a threepart article on Pop MagickMark Pesce Oliver Cromwell: England's Protector author of The Playful World E penguara: Requiem për Linda B. compares computer programming and spellcastingGenesis POrridge The Disney Princess Cookbook father of Industrial Music and Rave culture explains how samples in a rave song can have magical consequencesPaul Laffoley discusses his magical artistic strategies Metzger compares Laffoley to Merlin the MagicianMagical Thinking an extended excerpt from Daniel Pinchbeck s Breaking Open the HeadWilliam Burroughs and the occultNevill Drury Shock (Virals, Australia s most noted occult writer Roots of Yoga tells of Dion Fortune The Enlightenment Austin Spare The Accidental Giant and Rosaleen NortonWhy Does Aleister Crowley Still Matter Donald Tyson s The Enochian Apocalypse Working Were the seeds of the end of the world sown in the Elizabethan eraThe first ever biographical essay on Marjorie Cameron Magicalamity the fascinating character from Los Angeles occult and beatnik sceneHitler and the occult Peter Levenda interview by Tracy TwymanRobert Temple on how his book The Sirius Mystery s Search for the White Moon controversial thesis for which he was ridiculed was proven by the Hubble telescope twentyfive years lateAn exclusive Anton LaVey interview by Michael Moynihan Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality author of bestselling book Lords of ChaosErik Davis The Devious Duchess author of Techgnosis Geometric Dimensioning And Tolerancing: Self Study Workbook looks at H P Lovecraft s Magick Realism I was incredibly disappointed in this book There were a few essays in the beginning which I thought were excellent, but it all went downhill from there This book is everything that I despise about hanging out with most magicians and discussing magick It s mostly self masturbatory material that has little to do with magick theory, and how it can be applied to a wide range of traditions It is for the most part, writings about drugs, and some magician s favorite artist, and the regurgitation an I was incredibly disappointed in this book There were a few essays in the beginning which I thought were excellent, but it all went downhill from there This book is everything that I despise about hanging out with most magicians and discussing magick It s mostly self masturbatory material that has little to do with magick theory, and how it can be applied to a wide range of traditions It is for the most part, writings about drugs, and some magician s favorite artist, and the regurgitation and dilution of valid techniques that belong to ancient cultures A lot of appropriation, and a lot of hogwash I was hoping for Not a bad compilation of writings from disinformation, a company that otherwise seems interested in proliferating crypto Marxist ideas Hell, this book even features writings from the wise Baron Julius Evola and Occult Fascist Michael Moynihan I also enjoyed article on the influence of magic on junky hero William S Burroughs and his dream machine friend Brion Gysin An essay on H.P Lovecraft s influence on the Occult and vice versa I also found interesting Most of the other articles, essay Not a bad compilation of writings from disinformation, a company that otherwise seems interested in proliferating crypto Marxist ideas Hell, this book even features writings from the wise Baron Julius Evola and Occult Fascist Michael Moynihan I also enjoyed article on the influence of magic on junky hero William S Burroughs and his dream machine friend Brion Gysin An essay on H.P Lovecraft s influence on the Occult and vice versa I also found interesting Most of the other articles, essays, and interviews in Book of Lies are at the very least somewhat entertaining I must say this compilation far exceeded my expectations There was so much good information in this book that it will have to be read at least onetime Many of the articles were not digested as well as they should have been, because I simply wanted to finish the whole thing A good example of one of my reading shortfalls I want to finish the book that I am reading instead of completely understand the subject This must stop Damn CDO OCD, but in alphabetical order 7 12 10 Reading it again, some very good ideas practice I am on chapter 2. It has taken me months to plough through this, and for some odd reason I started reading the essays in reverse order.Anyway, it s a very well named book, because it is indeed a book of lies.Those essays that overlapped with areas of history, science and archaeology with which I was familiar, it was clear that the writers were putting forth what I can only describe as complete and utter lies.Which leads me to conclude that the whole basis for magic is the idea that we can all choose what we wan It has taken me months to plough through this, and for some odd reason I started reading the essays in reverse order.Anyway, it s a very well named book, because it is indeed a book of lies.Those essays that overlapped with areas of history, science and archaeology with which I was familiar, it was clear that the writers were putting forth what I can only describe as complete and utter lies.Which leads me to conclude that the whole basis for magic is the idea that we can all choose what we want to believe in And if we want to believe in this stuff That s fine, that s our choice But don t expect anybody else to be swayed Define yourself is a great message, but it s completely muddled in Occult circles by a whole bunch of crazy people and charlatans who either want to sell you something, or just convince you of their own pompous self importance Where to start with this one Hmmmm I rarely write long reviews and this probably deserves a longer one, but I m still keeping it short and sweet, at least for now Most likely will come back at some point to add a fewspecific details on a couple of my favorite essays Let s just say this was an interesting read that I skipped around with rather than reading in a linear fashion Occult themed essays on magick and philosophy I enjoyed this book, but not everyone will appreciate what it Where to start with this one Hmmmm I rarely write long reviews and this probably deserves a longer one, but I m still keeping it short and sweet, at least for now Most likely will come back at some point to add a fewspecific details on a couple of my favorite essays Let s just say this was an interesting read that I skipped around with rather than reading in a linear fashion Occult themed essays on magick and philosophy I enjoyed this book, but not everyone will appreciate what it has to offer Included are essays written regarding the work and philosophies of Crowley, H.P Lovecraft, Leary, LaVey, etc Also, an excerpt from Robert Anton Wilson is included from his work titled Cosmic Trigger This is a great easy to read primer on everything you need to know Well not everything, but if you ve even had an inkling of interest in the unknown, this book will help you along your path Its full of great scholoarly, biographical and wacko articles on intensley interesting people It also sheds light on an entire culture full of genius ideas and great minds that goes unnoticed and unpublized This is a must read. A Goodreads First Reads giveaway win Wow What to say about this book First impressions the printing looks bad cheap, yellowish pulp paper and poor reproductions of art It took me five months to slog my way through this collection of various essays, all supposedly connected in some way with magick and the occult I took some notes on each essay early on, but quickly stopped that I was hoping to learn something new or interesting about the occult, but that hope was dashed early on, too A Goodreads First Reads giveaway win Wow What to say about this book First impressions the printing looks bad cheap, yellowish pulp paper and poor reproductions of art It took me five months to slog my way through this collection of various essays, all supposedly connected in some way with magick and the occult I took some notes on each essay early on, but quickly stopped that I was hoping to learn something new or interesting about the occult, but that hope was dashed early on, too I love the idea of magic and such, and like to read fantasy and horror books, as well as those slightly skewed outside of the mainstream However, I realize that those things fall solely within the realm of fiction And it s pretty hard to take seriously any discussions of demonology, occult forces, angels, and mystical other worlds when one doesn t believe in the concepts of God or religion to begin with Anyway, onwards through a review of the book s various sections The first section, Magick in Theory and Practice I found very frustrating Magic seems to be defined here as anything the author wants it to be Magic can be psychological, linguistic, or artistic magic can be subconscious or conscious ideas themselves are magic In my notes, I circled the phrase lots of mumbo jumbo And there are lots of drug references Sure, drugs can put you in an altered state of consciousness That doesn t make the things you experience real or magical It just means you re fucked up.Section II, Chemognosis deals further with drugs, LSD, DMT, DPT whatever those last two are and how acid trips can reveal other worlds and enable contact with alien entities Right One of my favorite bits here dealt with the idea that hallucinogenic mushrooms are extra terrestrial and trying to communicate with us It contains sentences like this My vision of the final human future is an effort to exteriorize the soul and internalize the body, so that the exterior soul will exist as a superconducting lens of translinguistic matter generated out of the body of each of us at a critical juncture at our psychedelic bar mitzvah Convinced yet Section III, Icons has essays about in famous magicians of the past Magic here is basically psychology, enhanced bydrugs Painting and art are magic Hallucinations from flashes of light strobes and trance states induce magic Somewhere the phrase literal immortality is used Sorry.Sections IV V, The Great Beast 666 and Scarlet Women feature some biographical information I m glad I stuck with the book at this point, because some of this was actually interesting Lots about Aleister Crowleycharlatan than mage, of course I found the section on Ida Craddock especially fascinating, an early feminist who explained her lack of having a husband by explaining she was married to an angel with whom she had sex every night This story enabled her to carry on her work fighting for women s rights Did she really believe this or was it just an elaborate cover story Who knows My bet is on the latter.At this point, my notes end But Sections VI, Secret Societies and VII, Sympathy for the Devil cover witchcraft and Satanism Anton Lavey s Church of Satan, in particular in a slightlyrational and less hysteric manner than one might find in mainstream writing, especially when writing about Lavey, who I found an interesting and generally misunderstood individual Satanism is not what the media or what fundamentalists would have you believe.By Section VIII, Occult War things had devolved quite a bit, back to the nonsense and impenetrable gobbledygook that I found in the early parts of the book.Am I glad I read this book It certainly wasn t what I was expecting A lot of it frustrated and downright angered me There were bits and pieces that interested me seriously, Ida Craddock check her Wikipedia entry , but they were so few and far between that I can t recommend this collection Not necessarily everyone s cup of that proverbial tea, but if there s a part of you that s curious or drawn to it, read it Lots of short essays in a collection, some are easier to read digest than othersbut surely fascinating and inspiring, clever stuff Makes you think And that s always good.