Abundance and Ownership: Competing Claims on the Complicated Life of Words and Symbols

The Most Abundant Night of the Year Halloween is a time of such natural abundance. I launch into fits of ecstasy seeing the faces of trick or treaters as I greet them at the door; scare them a little by acting all subtle and creepy one moment and then letting rip a booming, sinister “Happy [...]

Ancient Languages are Like Loaded Weapons: Never Use Them Unless You’ve Been Trained to Do So OR “Why Google Translate is NOT Your Friend”

Dear Satanists and Left-Hand-Path (LHP) people and the groups you form and mobilize, Since Halloween is a time for scary shit, I have something I need to discuss with you that scares me silly and, furthermore, provokes my deepest fears for the continued vibrancy and vitality of our little collective bundle of against-the-grain movements. This discussion [...]

If Communication is Imposition, Missionaries are among the most Imposing of all Communicators

“Do you have the time?” “Uh, yeah. It’s half past—” “I know what time it is. I wanted to know if you knew. Have you ever considered your watch there on your wrist? Like how it had to have a maker?” Hold up there, Bill Paley.  When this conversation unfolds, I am an undergraduate at [...]