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"The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun," by William Blake

“We are more closely connected to the invisible than to the visible.”
—Novalis

Beginning in 1990, the [Eulessynian] Hot Tub Mystery Religion (HTMR) celebrated Greater and Lesser Mysteries in two sanctuaries, both on Silent Oak Drive in Euless, Texas, bounded by miles of dark woods surrounding the Trinity River. Fueled by Dionysian excess and theme park aesthetics, Epopts sought to create installation-variations on the ideal of the pleasure dome, inspired by the imaginations of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Moorish Luminary Doctor Jabir ‘abd al-Khaliq. Prince Krazie, Son of Yippie, a reformed COINTELPRO fink, artist and charter Epopt, described a typical rite as,

“A small speck of light and beauty in an unreal, sick world…receiving the most holy sacraments from the most high of the highest…black light…strange sounds, music…naked nymphs splashing in the rippling water.”

It was in this heady vat of high-minded fun that Forbidden Books, a local cafe and bookstore, rose to the surface, caked in luridly colored sargassum like some rubber-clad, hyper-saturated B-movie creature. ‘Zines, Re/Search, the Amok catalog, titles from AK Press and Autonomedia all found their way into our hearts and minds through that tavern of blameworthiness. It also served as a community center for the extraordinarily weird. HTMR pamphlets and samizdat erupted like wildflowers proclaiming “Big FUN!” and urging the reader to contemplate the koan: “How much fun can you have before someone tries to stop you?” Oh, how we’ve tested this axiom and its boundary repeatedly and under conditions both mad and sensible.

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On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending this year’s Anarchist Book Fair in NYC in search of other mystically-inspired anti-State kin. Highlights included meeting Anarchy magazine’s former editor Aragorn! for the first time, whose article “Anarchy Without Roadmaps or Adjectives” has always had a home in my heart. (Check out the works of Errico Malatesta for earlier takes on a similar subject). I also got to meet some of the people behind Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness, which is, in part, an anarchist ‘zine publishing collective hovering around steampunk aesthetics, traveling, and the occult. What a treat to finally have meaningful conversations with people comfortable talking about anarcho-mysticism and “as above, so below!”

In the end, I ended up taking home a ton of free stuff, spent more than I should have on a couple of books, and made a few new contacts. My hope, now, is that next year in 2011 we’ll be able to set up an N.O.T. table of our own.

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