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OCCULTURE: 67. Carl Abrahamsson & Mitch Horowitz in “Occulture (Meta)” // Anton LaVey, Real Magic & the Nature of the Mind
"Look, I’m not gonna lie to you - we have a pretty badass show this time around. Carl Abrahamsson and Mitch Horowitz are in the house.

Carl Abrahamsson is a Swedish freelance writer, lecturer, filmmaker and photographer specializing in material about the arts & entertainment, esoteric history and occulture. Carl is the author of several books, including a forthcoming title from Inner Traditions called Occulture: The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward.

Mitch Horowitz is the author of One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life; Occult America, which received the 2010 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for literary excellence; and Mind As Builder: The Positive-Mind Metaphysics of Edgar Cayce. Mitch has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Salon,, and Politico. Mitch is currently in the midst of publishing a series of articles on Medium called "Real Magic".

And it is that series paired with Carl’s book that lays the foundation for our conversation here."
carlabrahamsson  mitchhorowitz  occult  culture  occulture  magic  belief  mind  ouijaboard  astrology  mindfulness  buddhism  religion  academia  antonlavey  materialism  mainstream  intellectualism  elitism  mindbodyspirit  2018  esotericism  authority  norms  nuance  change  enlightenment  popculture  science  humanities  socialsciences  medicine  conservatism  churches  newage  cosmology  migration  california  hippies  meaning  psychology  siliconvalley  ingenuity  human  humans  humannature  spirituality  openmindedness  nature  urbanization  urban  nyc  us  society  santería  vodou  voodoo  voudoun  climate  light  davidlynch  innovation  population  environment  meaningmaking  mikenesmith  californianideology  thought  thinking  philosophy  hoodoo  blackmetal  norway  beauty  survival  wholeperson  churchofsatan  satanism  agency  ambition  mysticism  self  stories  storytelling  mythology  humanism  beinghuman  surrealism  cv  repetition  radicalism  myths  history  renaissance  fiction  fantasy  reenchantment  counterculture  consciousness  highered  highereducation  cynicism  inquiry  realitytele 
february 2018 by robertogreco
"As magic is easily seen as an allegory for money - magic means prestige, social capital, access to an entire *literal* world, as well as transport, enjoyment, learning - the use of the the same room in the Ministry of Magic as the setting for muggle-born hearings in OoTP clearly correlates to the hearings and judgments and approvals for benefits (the receipt of which often made the difference between ones’ ability to continue to be a part of society) in Muggle Britain. 

TL;DR - Voldemorts’ rise, and the accompanying social conservatism in the wizarding world - class hatred, allusions to racism, recession, a small but powerful government - actually tallies really well with what actually happened in Muggle Britain in the nineties."
jkrowling  uk  1990s  britain  class  economics  politics  via:tealtan  harrypotter  2015 
january 2015 by robertogreco
"Question: i was wondering if you had any thoughts on the hogwarts houses/ the way jk rowling wrote them?

Answer: apriki: lmao literally HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE, ANON

And this is something that happens in schools, workplaces, social groups all across the world. Stereotypes and assumptions based on choice of friends or being a member of a group are universal problems that have affected almost everyone at one point or another. And if you’re going to create a social stratification system in your society and write SEVEN BOOKS about a teenager attempting to navigate through them, you’d think you could take the time to deconstruct this phenomenon, or detail how it affects the hero or any of the characters, or at least even mention how messed up it is, right?

But jkr does not do this. Bar Dumbledore’s pondering on ‘perhaps we sort too early’ (which he says, by the by, to twist the knife into Snape a little deeper and thus make him easier to manipulate, so), the negative connotations and medieval nature of house sorting is rarely ever touched upon. There are no main, non villanous Slytherin characters. There are no main Hufflepuff characters. There are no main Ravenclaw characters - bar Luna, who becomes a part of Harry’s friend group because she is ostracised from her own house and peer group. There are seven Weasley children and every single one is sorted into Gryffindor - is this realistic? Are they choosing Gryffindor because they don’t want to feel isolated from their own families? Ron and Draco both grew up in the wizarding world and their concepts of the houses are already very much formed before they even get to Hogwarts. It’s a self-fufilling prophecy and it’s been happening in this society for A THOUSAND YEARS."
via:tealtan  2015  harrypotter  prophecy  sterotypes  class  socialsystems  jkrowling 
january 2015 by robertogreco
Kenneth Goldsmith - Talks | Frieze Projects NY
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"‘I Look to Theory Only When I Realize That Somebody Has Dedicated Their Entire Life to a Question I Have Only Fleetingly Considered’

A keynote lecture by the poet Kenneth Goldsmith, whose writing has been described as ‘some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry’ (Publishers Weekly). Goldsmith is the author of eleven books of poetry and founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb. In 2013, he was named as the inaugural Poet Laureate of MoMA."
kennethgoldsmith  copying  uncreativewriting  mercecunningham  writing  internet  web  online  remixing  culture  art  poetry  originality  appropriation  quantity  quality  curiosity  harrypotter  poetics  digital  reproduction  translation  displacement  disjunction  corydoctorow  change  howwewrite  pointing  data  metadata  choice  authorship  versioning  misfiling  language  difference  meaning  ethics  morality  literature  twitter  artworld  marshallmcluhan  christianbök  plagiarism  charleseames  rules  notknowing  archiving  improvisation  text  bricolage  assemblage  cv  painting  technology  photography  readerships  thinkerships  thoughtobjects  reassembly  ubuweb  freeculture  moma  outreach  communityoutreach  nyc  copyright  ip  intellectualproperty  ideas  information  sfpc  vitoacconci  audience  accessibility  situationist  museums  markets  criticism  artcriticism  economics  money  browsers  citation  sampling  jonathanfranzen  internetasliterature  getrudestein  internetasfavoritebook  namjunepaik  johncage  misbehaving  andywarhol  bobdylan  barbarakruger  jkrowling  china  creati 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Ira Glass - By the Book -
"People who call reading detective fiction or eating dessert a guilty pleasure make me want to puke."

"Do you have a favorite character or hero from children’s literature?

Hermione. Harry Potter to me is a bore. His talent arrives as a gift; he’s chosen. Who can identify with that? But Hermione — she’s working harder than anyone, she’s half outsider, right? Half Muggle. She shouldn’t be there at all. It’s so unfair that Harry’s the star of the books, given how hard she worked to get her powers."

"You studied semiotics at Brown. How has that informed the way you read novels?

I don’t read novels, but my semiotics study influenced everything about the way I read and edit and write.

But the fact is, I don’t read many books. I’m in production year round. I work long hours, I have a dog and a wife. There’s not a lot of available time for consuming any culture: TV, movies, books. When I read, it’s generally magazines, newspapers and Web sites."
edgarallanpoe  storytelling  howwework  howweread  outsiders  harrypotter  pleasure  reading  books  iraglass  outsider  from delicious
august 2012 by robertogreco
Harry Potter and the Comment of Wonders « Snarkmarket
"This comment from Robinson Meyer…kinda blows my mind…chatting about fandoms and Harry Potter, and Robinson says:

"But the best part of Harry Potter, for me, came in the reading of the first few chapters of each new book. It was like meeting old friends. I’d discover every time that Harry and I had both grown up a little, had emotionally become more sophisticated, and that we also had that same old warm rapport and that same old love for each other…"

“[R]eading the first few chapters of Books 5, 6, and 7 are among my happiest memories.” That kinda blows my mind.

It also makes me realize that I had no comparable experience as a young reader. There was no fantasy epic being released/revealed as I grew up…

Seriously, I can’t even fully articulate why—but I am sorta obsessed with the last few lines of Robinson’s comment. It’s almost a recipe. Engineer that, somehow, and you win."

[Some great comments here too. Also, check out the Google+ plus that served as the source for the conversation: ]
harrypotter  snarkmarket  robinsloan  sahelidatta  timcarmody  franchises  books  children  formulas  literature  serials  expectation  anticipation  childrenliterature  2011  robinsonmeyer  fandom  compulsoryfandom  sharedexperience  culture  classideas  from delicious
july 2011 by robertogreco
In praise of Joanne Rowling’s Hermione Granger series
"And there we have it: The defining hero of our age is a girl who saves the day with her egalitarianism, love of learning, hard work, and refusal to give way to peer pressure. It’s hard to think of the Hermione Granger series as anything other than flawless. And yet — as fans constantly point out — there is a very big flaw in the series. You know who I’m talking about; it’s He Who Must Not Be Named, but we spell it H-A-R-R-Y.<br />
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The character of Harry Potter is an obnoxious error in the Hermione Granger universe, made more obnoxious by his constant presence. It’s tempting to just write Harry off as a love interest who didn’t quite work out; the popular-yet-brooding jock is hardly an unfamiliar type. And, given that Hermione is constantly having to rescue Harry, he does come across as a sort of male damsel-in-distress.<br />
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But, if we look closely, we can see that Harry is a parody of every cliche Rowling avoided with Hermione…"
feminism  satire  literature  harrypotter  jkrowling  hermionegranger  from delicious
july 2011 by robertogreco
Why Harry Potter Is Making Our Kids Miserable
"Every kid thinks he or she is different at some point. Every kid wishes he could have power -- the power to move objects with your mind, or travel through time, or whatever. Because when you're a kid, you have no power. You're physically small and weak, and adults are constantly telling you what to do. So it's incredibly compelling to imagine yourself not only as someone to whom exciting things happen but as someone who is more than those around you.

The problem is that then you begin to grow up and realize you're just a lowly muggle."
harrypotter  emotions  power  control  children  childhood  literature  2011  from delicious
july 2011 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Contributor - Taking the Magic Out of College -
"What really matters to me as I prepare to make my decision? Well, I loved hearing about Williams College’s two-student classes called tutorials, and how Swarthmore lets students weigh in on almost every big decision made by its administration. I was really impressed by Middlebury’s student-driven campaign to save energy on campus. I care about diversity and need-blind financial aid — and, of course, the social life. But I don’t care about what percentage of the student body runs around on broomsticks.
admissions  harrypotter  education  marketing  schools  colleges  universities  oped 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Telling stories about stories « Snarkmarket
"Increas­ingly, I’m con­vinced that no media is suc­cess­ful or even com­plete until it’s been trans­formed or extended. I know this is not super-controversial—it’s sort of the Cre­ative Com­mons party line—but it turns out things don’t trans­form them­selves! A lot of media gets CC-licensed and then just sits there.
robinsloan  annabelscheme  platforms  creativecommons  remixing  fanfiction  storytelling  media  henryjenkins  cocreation  participatoryculture  participatory  snarkmarket  newmedia  starwars  harrypotter  narrative  engagement  remixculture 
december 2009 by robertogreco
If children's stories aren't scary, they're failing their audience | Sam Leith | Books | The Guardian
"Art for children...needs to be scary. A children's story often starts & ends in the comfort of home, sure. But nothing's at stake if the story never leaves it. Rattle your memory. What are the books and films that are deepest rooted in your imagination, the memories with the strongest flavours? Do you remember laughing merrily at the pantomime dame? Or do you remember, rather, being scared of King Rat? The young generation will, 30 years on, remember what it felt like to be scared of one of the soul-sucking dementors from the Harry Potter stories. I can still remember what it was like to be scared almost to death by Nicholas Fisk's heart-stoppingly horrible book Grinny. Imagine if an evil alien disguised as an elderly relative hypnotised your parents and moved into the spare room. (Pipe down at the back, Les Dawson.)...And what about the long red legg'd scissor-man from Struwwelpeter? Thumb amputation – that's the stuff to throw at kids."
children  stories  literature  writing  fear  scary  mauricesendak  harrypotter  wherethewildthingsare  tcsnmy  via:crystaltips 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Robin writes a book (and you get a copy) » Going full-time with a sack full of gold coins — Kickstarter
"tip articulated by writing coach Don Fry...Roy [Peter Clark] says it like this: "Place gold coins along the path. Don't load all your best stuff high in the story. Space special effects throughout the story, encouraging readers to find them and be delighted by them."...look at Harry Potter books...J.K. Rowling is, like, world's leading manufacturer of gold coins. Every one of her pages has some weird detail, some delightful aside about a fire-breathing candy bar or a painting that talks. They're not central to the narrative, but they provide pops & flashes of novelty that keep you reading. They're addictive, like potato chips...I'm a big believer in their power...think they might do more to keep people reading than the narrative itself. At the very least, gold coins are an equal [they] all have to be words? Could some of them be images, photos, scraps from this fictional world? I think of the sketch of Mr. Tyndall in Mr. Penumbra; it seems like it worked really well."
writing  goldcoins  attention  jkrowling  harrypotter  robinsloan  howto  tips  narrative 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: The Radical Idea that Children are People
"I couldn't tell you about almost anything I did in high school; a few fantastic teachers are easy to recall, but even the details of what I learned in their classes is fuzzy and dim. Yet I can remember the experience of getting feedback on my fanfiction as if it were much I struggled to write my first fanfiction novel...reading Strunk and White's The Elements of Style because I translated it into Harry Potter terms...I was driven to write, read, found a non-profit company...all before I reached the age of 16. In comparison, my time in high school seems empty, void, a place-holder that let me get that precious diploma & hightail it to college...My internet connection gave me the opportunity to try on a new role: the role of an fan author & editor. That role wasn't one that was tied to my "kid" status. Anyone could be a fan author...[or] fan editor & if I could do those things as well as anyone, I could earn the right to be just as important and respected as an adult."
education  fanfiction  harrypotter  children  identity  society  unschooling  deschooling  tcsnmy  writing  passion  learning  youth  teens  respect  communities  schools  schooling  engagement 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Young Adult Fiction: Six Astounding Young Adult Novels of the Pre-Potter Era
"Harry Potter has established that the young adult market in fiction can be insanely lucrative, as have Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy & Scott Westerfeld's Uglies...six more great, old-school YA books for you to rediscover or read for the first time
books  scifi  sciencefiction  harrypotter  reading  classideas  students  youth  teens  youngadult 
june 2008 by robertogreco
J.K. Rowling Commencement : Harvard Magazine - "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not...
"...and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared."
jkrowling  failure  risk  empathy  blogosphere  human  innovation  gamechanging  invention  inspiration  education  learning  activism  success  poverty  harvard  harrypotter  philosophy  classics  society  relationships  psychology  wisdom  imagination  creativity  identity  life  motivation  commencementspeeches  commencementaddresses 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Photo Essay: Unlikely Places Where 'Wired' Pioneers Had Their Eureka! Moments
"irony is almost always have pen & paper; I write all time...on this occasion when I had idea of my life, I didn't have pen. For 4 hours my head was buzzing...probably the best thing, because I ended up working whole thing out before I got off train."
writing  inspiration  invention  creativity  place  thinking  ideas  circumstance  postits  napster  richardfeynman  music  harrypotter  jkrowling  post-its 
march 2008 by robertogreco - Fanáticos tradujeron al español el último libro de Harry Potter y lo subieron a internet
"La traducción, que comenzó dos días después de que fue lanzado a nivel mundial el libro en inglés, se terminó ayer, cuando se postearon en el blog los ocho últimos capítulos y el epílogo."
chile  translation  books  fanaticism  harrypotter  spanish  español 
august 2007 by robertogreco

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