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Decadence

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, "A Favorite Poet"

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, “A Favorite Poet”

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Delivered to the H. L. Mencken Club, November 1, 2013

About two years ago, when I was still very young, I bumped into a copy of the abridged version of Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of Historywherein he tried to establish a taxonomy of civilizations, Read more …

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The Pursuit of Happiness
Self-Actualization, Part 2

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533–1592

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533–1592

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Beginning in August of 1999, I gave a series of eight lectures on “The Pursuit of Happiness: Philosophies East and West,” dealing with different conceptions of the good life. Read more …

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The Pursuit of Happiness
Self-Actualization, Part 1

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Beginning in August of 1999, I gave a series of eight lectures on “The Pursuit of Happiness: Philosophies East and West,” dealing with different conceptions of the good life. Read more …

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Anti-Life Fiction:
Ann Sterzinger’s NVSQVAM (nowhere)

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Ann Sterzinger
NVSQVAM (nowhere)
Charleston, W.V.: Nine-Banded Books, 2011

We live in a time in which all positive ideologies of the past — be they Right- or Left-wing; good, bad, or ugly — are swiftly spiraling towards the chopping block of “the end of history.” It seems impossible, in today’s post-modern climate of perpetual intellectual suspicion, to sustain a rigorous attachment to any point of view Read more …

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Thoughts on Francis Bacon

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

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The following is excerpted from Jonathan Bowden’s Skin, a book he wrote in the early 1990s. The text has been lightly edited, mainly for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

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Thoughts on Samuel Beckett

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

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The following is excerpted from Jonathan Bowden’s Skin, a book he wrote in the early 1990s. The text has been lightly edited, mainly for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

In Samuel Beckett’s work . . . , which has become emblematic of the modern condition, Read more …

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Nietzsche pro dnešní dny

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Zdá se, že byl v Itálii vzkříšen zájem o Friedricha Nietzscheho. Jedním zjevným znamením tohoto je, že nakladatelství Adelphi v Miláně vydává kritické překlady všech jeho děl; druhým, že se téměř současně objevily dvě knihy, „Nietzsche“ od Adriana Romualdia, Read more …

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Bowden on Bowden
You Can Never Be Too Right Wing!

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

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The following excerpt is from Jonathan Bowden’s Frenzy, a book he finished writing before April 3, 1994. The text has been mildly edited for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

As far as my own political views are concerned, I do not believe you can be too Right wing. Read more …

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Úvahy o estetické a kulturní postavě dandyho, část 3

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Čandalistické dekadentní figury

Existenciální krize, jež započala zhruba v polovině 18. století, vyústila v nihilismus, který Friedrich Nietzsche s odsudkem charakterizoval jako “vyčerpání života” a “znehodnocení všech hodnot”, projevující se vzrušeným neklidem a neschopností si užívat volného času. Právě tento neklid pak urychlil proces vyčerpání.  Read more …

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Cultural Communism & the Inegalitarian Basis of All Genuine Art

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Stewart Home - Demolish Serious CultureEdited by Alex Kurtagić 

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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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