You Don’t “Lose” Virginity, You Gain Experience…and Pleasure, if done right

A good long while ago, I read author Peggy Orenstein’s wonderful book Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape all about the weird hangups and pathologies surrounding female sexuality from which we suffer signally in this country. An important moment in the book for me came when the author was discussing the concept of [...]

The Abundant Nonsense of Liberal Moral Scarcity

I’ve written about this subject before, but I want to revisit it here for the sake of this month of posts on the theme of abundance. I especially wanted to publish this post today, as people are once again taking to the polls to vote in Midterm elections.  Moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt is famous for [...]

The Problem with Satanists: A Problem of Meaning

“Our apparitions, the things you know us by, are simply childish. Beneath it is all dark, it is all spreading, it is unfathomably deep; but now and again we rise to the surface and that is what you see us by.” Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse So now The Satanic Temple (TST) is contemplating taking [...]

Brahma Kumaris: The Relatively New BK Religious Movement Peddling the Same Old BS Religious Mindfucks, a Personal Reflection

On a bright summer Sunday morning a few months ago, the First Baptists of the Texas suburb where I make my home streamed into three different parking lots flanking their soaring modernist Church. Off-duty cops directing traffic stopped us for a white-haired, white-skinned couple to cross the street from overflow parking in the high school [...]

Between Resistance and Happiness: The Good Life of Simple Contentment

To continue the thinking about Satan and resistance developed in recent posts: A dirty little secret of mine is that I really enjoy electronic dance music (EDM). My wife doesn’t get my love for the style and tends to mock me for it somewhat, so I usually keep my appreciation of Kaskade, deadmou5, Zedd, and [...]

A Satanic 12 Step…in 13 Steps!

Preamble An article yesterday on the site Medium put me in mind yet again of the idea of Satan as the embodiment of a principle of Resistance or maybe just inertia in the sense of the tendency of the world to continue blithely on as it is, absent—indeed in spite of—the urgent guidance of your [...]

Atomized and Reconstituted

I’m devoted to audiobooks. Years ago, when I first took up the habit, I thought it would never stick so well, that I couldn’t really pay attention while driving or cooking or doing the laundry. But boy can I ever! I’ve been able to treble my information intake with these things.  Recently, I finished up [...]

Communication as Imposition: The Satanics of so-called Free Speech

The purpose of this post is to stake out some particularly Satanic religious ground in the problematic struggle over so-called “free speech” in a liberal democracy. I will argue that communication—understood to minimally comprise the two acts of signaling intent to communicate, followed by relaying a message—is a form of imposition on the sovereign attention, [...]

Strangers at the Crossroads

I was in high school when I first read English writer Bruce Chatwin’s 1987 offering The Songlines. The book is many things, a complicated pastiche of a work, traversing territory as broad and varied as the customs of Australian Aborigines, the eccentricities of European expats set up in the Australian Outback, and evolutionary anthropology and [...]

Children, but not Siblings

Oh they’re a motley, problem crew, these Children of Erlik. And how not? Darkness, Courage & Bravery, Chaos, Evil, Disaster, Defeat, Iron & Mining, Informants, Discord: that’s a cohort worthy of Pandora’s fateful box. The leadership are alternately unpredictable, acting under cover of darkness, courageous but given to bravado. The apologist is on the warpath, [...]