Richard Kaczynski: Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley & The Billionth Monkey
Published on March 10, 2017 by jefferypritchett · No Comments
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The name “Aleister Crowley” instantly conjures visions of diabolic ceremonies and orgiastic indulgences—and while the sardonic Crowley would perhaps be the last to challenge such a view, he was also much more than “the Beast,” as this authoritative biography shows. Perdurabo
(the magical name Crowley chose when inducted into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) traces Crowley’s remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as the world’s foremost authority on magick. Along the way, he rebels against his conservative religious upbringing; befriends famous artists, writers, and philosophers (and becomes a poet himself ); is attacked for his practice of “the black arts”; and teaches that science and magick can work together. While seeking to spread his infamous philosophy of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” Crowley becomes one of the most notorious figures of his day. Based on Richard Kaczynski’s twenty years of research, and including previously unpublished biographical details, Perdurabo
paints a memorable portrait of the man who inspired the counterculture and influenced generations of artists, punks, wiccans, and other denizens of the demimonde.
The Billionth Monkey
It’s like a meme come true… Professor Niels Belanger is having the week from hell. The chair of his department has quit. The cute waitress at Café du Monde won’t speak to him. And now one of his students is trying to kill him. Belanger has stumbled into the deadly fantasy world of Nicholas Young, a partying frat boy whose unhealthy obsession with acting out urban legends has gone just a teensy bit over to the dark side. Everything changes when Belanger encounters the most unusual woman he has ever met: a wildly nonconformist goth who technically shouldn’t exist. Yet the fact that she does forces him to accept that something much bigger and stranger is warping the shopworn fabric of reality. But are the two of them enough to stop a Millennial under-achiever from impossibly destroying the world?
About the Author
Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., is a writer, musician, research scientist and teacher. The Times Literary Supplement called his Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley, “the major biography to date” of this seminal figure of modern magick. Richard is also the author of Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis, The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley, Perdurabo Outtakes, and Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City. He has also appeared on television in the documentaries Secrets of the Occult and Aleister Crowley: The Beast 666. Richard earned his Ph.D. in social psychology in 1993 with a dissertation on metaphysical beliefs and experiences in New Religious Movements. He has lectured internationally, and over those years his writing has appeared in various books (Tarot in Culture, Mathematics in Popular Culture, Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism, Rebels and Devils, etc.).