Posts Tagged ‘culture’

The War on Halloween

It’s that time of year, time for the Russians to take their turn at complaining that Halloween is an evil Western import. Segei Aksyonov, who has been placed in charge of the Crimean peninsula, which Russia recently snatched from Ukraine, called the holiday “cultural colonisation.” Meanwhile, a spokes-priest for the Russian Orthodox Church suggests that […]

Renn Faire: “Disneyland for Rednecks”

“Wiccan, as well as satanic, symbolism was in nearly every gift shop.” — from a Yelp.com review of the Georgia Rennaisance Faire, quoted in Well Met (237). Rachel Lee Rubin’s Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture is, obviously, not about contemporary Paganism, but the two topics cross paths occasionally, as the quote above […]

Polyamory and the Secret History of Wonder Woman

Snow is falling, and I am elbow deep in putting together the next Bulletin for the Study of Religion, which among other things carries an article called “What is a Superhero? How Myth Can Be a Metacode,” by Kenneth MacKendrick of the University of Manitoba. So, with comics on the mind, here is “The Surprising […]

The Greatest “Occult” Movies

From Ultraculture, a list of nine great movies about the occult and magick — and nine more. But since there are “honorable mentions” as well, you get more! Obvious choices (Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist), as well as films that present the subject in an exploitative manner (such as those of Dario Argento) have been left out… as […]

Queen Nefertiti Goes Cuckoo

“It’s kind of fascinating but it’s kind of horrifying,” I said to M. across the breakfast table when I saw an ad for “the only cuckoo clock inspired by the Wonders of Ancient Egypt.” “‘Queen Nefertiti’s regal procession rotates,‘ it says,” I added. “Horrifying, completely horrifying,” she replied. She detests noise-making clocks and barely tolerates […]

Pentagram Pizza: Not a Lie

¶ An insightful interview with Pagan musician Sharon Knight. ¶ Why TED talks are lying to you. ¶ This is what a dolmen should look like — “This enormous structure is the Soto dolmen in Trigueros, Spain, which has been returned to its prehistoric glory after a nine-year restoration. The mound is 60 metres across […]

Circles and Rectangles: Does Your House Shape You?

My first year as an undergraduate, I lived a in four-person dormitory suit. One day I entered the (rectangular) room of my suite-mate Bill and found that he had placed his bed, desk, etc. at diagonal angles to the walls. “I got tired of everything being so rectilinear,” he said. It was funny how Bill’s […]

OK, It’s Their Holiday, But Really, the ATM Too?

Went to town with M. today—it’s our secular Sunday routine of coffeehouse brunch, newspapers (v. trad, that’s us), and then the laundromat and the grocery store. The coffeehouse is owned by (extremely low-key) Christian ex-missionaries. I had checked the Facebook page to see if they were closing today for Easter — nothing posted there one […]

A Techo-Prophet Who Says the Web Has Harmed Us

Back when I was subscribing to Stewart Brand’s CoEvolution Quarterly in the 1980s, Jaron Lanier made frequent appearances in its pages as techno-prophet extraordinaire. He was the guy who was helping to invent virtual reality. He was presented as being miles ahead of the rest of us. He was, as this Smithsonian article, “What Turned […]

When Are You a Grown-up?

It’s a typical lifestyle piece on when men, in particular, become “adults,” but notice the sixth paragraph. Once again, Wicca shows up as the (or a) default Other Religion. I am seeing this more and more.