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On the Sublime & the Numinous

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The words “sublime” and “numinous” have shifted in meaning somewhat over recent years. The word “sublime,” I presume, would now generally be interpreted to mean something of particularly great beauty, or an action particularly well executed. It would not be limited to a narrow usage but could be applied to any thing or action of particular excellence, perhaps with a slightly pretentious connotation of elegance.  Read more …

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Stewart Home:
Communism, Nihilism, Neoism, & Decadence

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b-stewart-home-jpgThe following text is a transcript by V.S. of one of Jonathan Bowden’s most entertaining lectures, which was delivered to the 25th New Right meeting in London on February 13, 2010. Although Stewart Home is the principal subject, Bowden romps through a wide field of politically correct theories, ultra-Left sects, and decadent forms of modern art.

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Elitism, British Modernism, & Wyndham Lewis

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The following text is a transcript by V. S. of Jonathan Bowden’s lecture on Wyndham Lewis which was delivered to the 8th New Right meeting in London on May 28, 2006. There are a number of passages marked unintelligible. These passages appear in the recording at 4:00, 34:21, 40:12, 41:52, and 46:28. (You can listen to the lecture using the player below or by downloading the lecture.) If you can understand these words, please post a comment below.

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God Has Become Cancer:
Damien Hirst, Religion, & Death

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Jonathan Yeo, Portrait of Damien Hirst, 2013

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For the radical Right the issue of contemporary art is something of a non-starter. The past century or so of developments in the fine arts have been dominated by American (and often Jewish) theoreticians who have fashioned a sensibility wherein anything that smacks of European tradition is automatically verboten, unless it can be refracted through a distorting lens of ironic detachment or disinheritance.  Read more …

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Home Remedies for Hitler Hysteria Prescribed by the New Right Avant-Garde

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Charles Krafft, "Von Dutch" windmills

Charles Krafft, “Von Dutch” windmills

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Here’s a stumper: if the definition of irony is typically something like “that which goes against expectations,” then how could an Avant-Garde artist—one who is expected to test the boundaries of our expectations—ever satisfy popular, mainstream, garden-variety tastes in irony? At some point, the Avant-Garde artist will, according to his nature, go against the expected means by which the unexpected is supposed to be realized; he will offer us a new unexpectednessRead more …

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Tom Sunić Interviews Jonathan Bowden (Transcript)

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The following text is a transcript by V. S. of Tomislav Sunić’s interview with Jonathan Bowden. Click here to listen to the audio. A couple of words have been marked as unintelligible. If you can make them out, please post a comment below.

Tom Sunić: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen! Good afternoon, dear friends!  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio
Tom Sunić interviews Jonathan Bowden

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The following interview of Jonathan Bowden by Tom Sunić was first released on Voice of Reason on May 25, 2010. Read more …

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Bi-Coastal Adventures in Modern Art

Charles Krafft and John Morgan appreciating art

Charles Krafft and John Morgan appreciating art

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September 29th: My friend Anastasia (not her real name) hits town. She’s staying with some friends in Brooklyn and invites me to meet her at the Participant Gallery, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Anastasia’s old friend Clytemnestra (not her real name) is going to perform what is described to me as a “cat dance.” I arrive on time to find the place quickly filling up with the most appalling collection of artsy-fartsy New York hipsters and self-conscious “individualists” that I have yet seen.  Read more …

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Bill Hopkins & the Angry Young Men

Bill Hopkins, 1928–2011

Bill Hopkins, 1928–2011

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The following text is transcript by V. S. of a lecture by Jonathan Bowden given at the 7th New Right meeting in London on April 8, 2006 entitled “Bill Hopkins: An Anti-Humanist Life.” Read more …

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Cultural Communism & the Inegalitarian Basis of All Genuine Art

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The Following is an excerpt from Blood, written between April and May 1992. It is part of a much longer discussion about art, where Bowden explores one of his favorite themes: the art of the radical Left versus the art of the radical Right. Read more …

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