Essential Viewing
2006-11-07 14:16:17 ET

I stumbled upon a videotaped lecture by Grant Morrison (Comic book writer and Chaos Magician):

Somehow this man managed to significantly alter my world view in under forty five minutes. If you have time to sit through it, I highly recommend it.

2006-11-07 14:40:40 ET

you ever read ? I really enjoy that site thats what this conference is from. Thanks for the link.

2006-11-07 14:45:25 ET

yep. I'm pretty well rounded in all that stuff. The subject matter that they explore is kind of the arena that I involve myself in, namely magick. I became interested in Morrison by way of disinfo's Book of Lies (after Crowley), which is about 20th/21st century magickal technique. It's a good read.

2006-11-07 16:42:51 ET

watching now, seems pretty interesting.

wait theres a longer version

2006-11-07 18:56:11 ET

Probably more feedback than you were expecting:
i did see the longer version, but was somewhat disappointed in it. i was hoping it included the talk given by genesis p-orridge, of whom i understand spoke at the conference. douglas rushkoff's talk (the first guy after the host) was somewhat informative, but i think his public address skills were mediocre. he was clearly nervous, and could have maybe explained his concepts better if he slowed down and relaxed. I don't know who that guy was that talked for five minutes about the red heiffer. Kenneth Anger is a douche. Honestly, I skipped over his talk. I'll go back to it later but for the moment, I'm just going to call him a douche. I don't want to say anything more about him :) Mark Pesce (the last guy) served up a steaming pile of sensational crap. There was no content whatsoever in the five minutes he had at the podium. I don't know what he was trying to achieve. He has written some decent essays in the past but this was just a turd.
Morrison's talk was incredible, in my opinion anyway. It was the only part that i got anything out of during that two hours. I could go on about my thoughts of him, maybe later. He amazes me.
If you are interested in what is essentially an expanded version of everything discussed at the conference, pick up Book of Lies published by disinfo.

2006-11-08 20:12:05 ET

good stuff, thanks for the link. i can relate to quite a bit of his talk personally, and his style of presenting seemed to me to be quite engaging, even though i wish he could have served up some of the specific examples a bit better. i want to hear more about his alien abduction experience!

2006-11-09 22:36:54 ET

in the past, his description of the event has ranged from an "alien abduction", to just plainly a "vision". it seems to be dependant on the audience he is addressing and their comfort level. most of his fans come from the comic book world. i'd imagine it'd be hard to talk to a kid about really heavy reality (or at least the one that morrison describes), when all that he or she wants is just a momentary escape from reality via comic books. as far as any questions left unanswered, i might be able to provide an answer for you, or at least point you in the direction of an answer; that is if i may be so bold as to assume that i am familiar with what morrison is on about.

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