Here’s what Google Alerts netted for me over the past fortnight:
Queer occult vs. “alt-right” occult: a very different take on the current political turmoil in the U.S. Disclaimer: I am not a practitioner but I find the idea that memes are a kind of magic provocative, to say the least. Thoughts?
In difficult times, many readers turn to historical fiction – a psychologist suggests “exploration of the sights, sounds, and events of past eras… help[s] us to imagine how to negotiate the strains of current real-life situations.” Includes reviews of some of her favorites (full disclosure: I’ve not read any of them).
The Death of an Occult Bromance: Mr. Kelley Goes to Walton Ledale – crosses my desk just as I’m editing my necromancy scene. Though Dee and Kelley didn’t split over the incident in Walton le Dale (it happened before they met, if it happened at all), EsoterX rightly points out that partnerships based on secrecy and spiritual risk tend to magnify personal and philosophical differences.
Crowley’s Children – Aleister Crowley’s influence on rock and roll and rock and rollers. Some genuinely embraced his beliefs; others just thought “do as thou wilt” sounded cool. Relevant this week as the author lists David Bowie (RIP) as a fan.