Posts Tagged ‘writing’

New Publishing Opportunity in Euro-Paganism

Headline: “Genetic analysis reveals present-day Europeans descended from at least 3, not 2, groups of ancient humans.” So how before someone writes a book on “Ancient North Eurasian” shamanic Paganism?  Campfire, drum, bears . . . take it away.

What Does the New AP Stylebook Say?

Last December I reported on an effort spearheaded by Oberon Zell to get Pagan (in the religious sense) capitalized in both the Associated Press Stylebook and the University of Chicago Press’s Manual of Style. The first is used mainly by journalists (when they remember), the second by writers and editors for university presses and other […]

The Zells’ Biographer on “Living Your Myth”

John Sulak, who co-wrote Modern Pagans for RE/Search and worked for a decade on The Wizard and the Witch, the new biography of Oberon and Morning Glory Zell, gives interviewer Anne Hill his own take on the Zells, the writing process, the Church of All Worlds, and others in their circle. (Was Gwydion Pendderwen really […]

A New History of the Craft in America

When I wrote Her Hidden Children, I definitely was not trying to tell the history of different groups, except in broad strokes and as that history helped the discussion of the larger questions that interested me, chiefly, “What do we mean by the term ‘nature religion’?” Thanks to his earlier experiences with reference books on […]

Journalistic Cliches and Their Academic Cousins

My least-favorite journalistic cliche is “time will tell.” Despite the president’s charm offensive, some pundits say that the world will end next Tuesday. Time will tell. Read the whole list of 150 here. As a journal editor, I could make my own list, particularly those stupid bits of wordiness that get between the reader and […]

Quick Review: The Wizard and the Witch

One of my earliest entries on this blog, clear back in 2003, was a complaint about the lack of biographical and autobiographical writing in American Wicca — and I would extend that to all types of new Paganism generally. That entry did mention Margot Adler’s Heretic’s Heart (1997), but I did not care for Whispers […]

Colin Wilson 1951–2013

A prolific writer on mysticism and the paranormal, among other things, the English author Colin Wilson has passed on. In the video (audio recording, really) he discusses some of his work and personal experiences.

Orthography and the Modern Pagan

One thing I did at the recent American Academy of Religion annual meeting was stop by the University of Chicago Press booth and get the name of the managing editor of the press’s Manual of Style, which is the holy book, all 1,028 pages of it, for editors of academic books and journals—plus many publishers […]

Vampires and the Big Blue Marble

I shared a cabin with Margot Adler and some other presenters at the Florida Pagan Gathering four years ago. At that point she had read about seventy vampire novels and was still going strong, looking for the answer to the question, “Why do literary vampires fascinate us?” Now she thinks she knows: Every age embraces […]

Pentagram Pizza: It’s Revived Again

¶ At Pagan Square, Rebecca Buchanan rounds up children’s books featuring Norse gods and heroes. ¶ Bright Spiral is an online comic about occult initiation. Trippy and complex. ¶ “Chilled-out multitasking hipster psychics don’t seem so eccentric anymore” and “We are in the middle of an occult revival.” Again. ¶ Green Egg is back as […]