“But the Romantic Outlaw must have something to rebel against,” writes Camille Paglia, Sex, Art, And American Culture: Essays. As Paglia complains, though Rock music was once created by outsiders who “read poetry, studied Hinduism and drew psychedelic visions in watercolors,” today managers make sure to sanitize and repackage the music before it’s even aired.Continue reading “The Romantic Outlaw”
Aki Cederberg is the author of the recently-released Journeys In The Kali Yuga. Cederberg is an author, musician, and filmmaker from Finnland who traveled to in India. Living there and studying the spiritual traditions of that country over many years, he came to contemplate the emptiness of modernity and the problems of the Kali Yuga (Iron Age) that face both India and the West.
In the book, and in this interview, he discusses India, Hindu spiritual traditions and discipleship, the West, and paganism.
I recently made the mistake of purchasing a used book online, not realizing that it had a previous owner’s comments scrawled inside. Although I, like probably everyone who still has a quaint attachment to paper, have seen this before, I was struck by these comments in particular.
Though short — mostly only four or five words at most — the scribbler’s nauseating snobbish personality and sense of self-importance shined through. He had dated many of his worthless comments, addressed the publisher (Oxford University Press) in several of them — as if to psychically alert them to his overblown sense of self-importance — and had concluded the 300-plus page book with, “Interesting, but reference material.” He had, of course, signed and dated this as well, as if it were equivalent to Picasso signing Guernica. Continue reading “The Death and Rebirth of Culture”