When you try to pin it down as far as meaning is concerned, the term religion often seems something of a chimera or even cypher, telling you more about the proclivities and concerns of the would-be definers than about any supposedly objective state of affairs in the external world. If we adopt the traditional so-called … Continue reading What Counts as Religion and How is Satanism One?
At ten a.m. on a weekday, when the roller rink first opens and, for at least an hour and a half, I’m the only intrepid skater out on the floor, the maple boards beneath my wheels are just waking up. They creak and pop underfoot like the icy surface of a frozen lake. It’s winter … Continue reading The Satanics of Roller Skating I: Skating on Sidewalk Terms
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 … Continue reading Strangers at the Crossroads
Confession Satanists tend to be proud sinners, so they probably shouldn’t have much in the way of confessions to make. For the most part, that’s true of me as well, but I do have one small one to get off my chest. I really don’t care for death metal or extreme metal or black metal … Continue reading When Art Isn’t Just for Art’s Sake: The Uses of an Ugly Aesthetic in Satanism