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

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 … Continue reading 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”

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