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Nowicki & Nulick:
Sex, Death, & the Other Death

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Here’s a sign that the feces-slinging partisan playpen that is the Internet is getting to you: I caught myself feeling decidedly strange as I made plans to write this tandem review of an essay collection by Andy Nowicki—a devout Catholic—and Valencia, an autobiographical novel by James Nulick, whose protagonist catches AIDS during a gay-sex-and-crack binge.

“Who’s going to want to read about both of them?” said my stupid brain. Read more …

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The Philosopher’s Moan:
Saltus on Pessimism

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“Spinoza was neither an optimist nor a pessimist. He neither laughed at life nor grieved over it. It is possible that he understood it.” —Edgar Saltus, The Anatomy of Negation

After making something of an effort to keep up with the terrific output of Vox Day’s Castalia House imprint, I’m now poking my nose into Kevin Slaughter’s doings over at his Underworld Amusements publishing venture. Read more …

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True Detective & The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

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“It is a book of great truths,” I said.

“Yes, he replied, “of ‘truths’ which send men frantic and blast their lives. I don’t care if the thing is, as they say, the very supreme essence of art. It’s a crime to have written it, and I for one shall never open its pages.”

 — The Repairer of Reputations, Robert W. Chambers

True Detective is widely considered to be one of the best TV series ever broadcast. Read more …

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The Revolutionary Conservative Critique of Oswald Spengler

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Oswald Spengler

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Oswald Spengler is by now well-known as one of the major thinkers of the German Conservative Revolution of the early 20th Century. In fact, he is frequently cited as having been one of the most determining intellectual influences on German Conservatism of the interwar period – along with Arthur Moeller van den Bruck and Ernst Jünger – to the point where his cultural pessimist philosophy is seen to be representative of Revolutionary Conservative views in general (although in reality most Revolutionary Conservatives held more optimistic views).[1]  Read more …

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“Everything is Still Possible”

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Fortunato Depero, Skyscrapers and Tunnels (Gratticieli e tunnel), 1930

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Editor’s Note:

This text continues the transcript by V. S. of Jonathan Bowden’s interview at the Union Jack Club in London on Saturday, November 21, 2009, after his lecture/performance on Punch and Judy. The title is editorial. 

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Interview with Chip Smith on Anti-Natalism, Cosmic Pessimism, & his Plans for the Future

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The conclusion of my interview with Chip Smith of Nine-Banded Books deals with anti-natalism, cosmic pessimism, H. P. Lovecraft, Hollister Kopp’s Gun Fag Manifesto, and other future 9BB publications.

Anti-natalism is the theme of two of your titles: Jim Crawford’s Confessions of an Antinatalist and the forthcoming title by Sarah Perry, Every Cradle is a Grave. What attracts you to anti-natalism?  Read more …

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The Hour of the Dragon (Conan the Conqueror), Part 2

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In my previous installment, I had brought Conan up from the pits underneath the Royal palace at Belverus in Nemedia.  Read more …

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