Weekly Update, 22 November
The first shipment of A Beautiful Resistance arrives very shortly. On account of holiday delays, North American purchaser/subscribers should expect to receive their copies by Dec 7th, UK folks by Dec 15th, and all others by Dec 18th. A shipping confirmation email will be sent when it’s been mailed.
Thanks for your patience with the delay, and we really, really look forward to hearing what you think!
Have we “reached the day that all brands dream of, when strategic participation in capitalism is legitimized as a meaningful reflection of our authentic selves?“
We’re happy to see Humanistic Paganism has begun to address the matter of Disenchantment with this piece from ‘The Dionysian Naturalist.’ For an expanded treatment of the same subject, we recommend Finnchuill’s “Becoming Placed” in A Beautiful Resistance.
France has banned protests at the COP21, which at least on Gods&Radicals writer intended to attend. Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, writes about the effects of such a ban.
Lee Davies’ series on the The Hound and The Hunt can now be read in Italian, thanks to the good folks at Brigatadinotte.
Featured Writer: Christopher Scott Thompson
One the first–and one of the most prolific–writers on Gods&Radicals is the poet and writer Christopher Scott Thompson. He’s written six ritual poems, three book reviews, and several essays, and also has a poem included in A Beautiful Resistance–Everything We Already Are.
His poem, “Curse Tablet,” is examplary of the deep magic evoked in his poetry:
“Oh gods who dwell beneath the earth,
Arise tonight and hunt for prey
More worthy of your power. Slay
The kings of thieves, the lords of men,
And not the poor who steal their bread.”
In addition to being a fencing instructor (and wielding a mean broadsword), Christopher was also part of Occupy Minneapolis and Occupy St. Paul, and is a founding member of Clann Bhride–the Children of Brighid. His essay from 2013, “99% Brighid–A Pagan Liberation Theology”–with its discussions on Brig Ambue, Brig Briugu and Brig Brethach–significantly influenced the Pagan revolutionary current which led to the eventual founding of Gods&Radicals.
More of Christopher Scott Thompson’s work can be found here.
“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”