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No. 12, The Night (January 2009)

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Table of contents

01.   San Juan de la Cruz, Cantar de la alma (1578)

02.   Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth (1606)

03.   Sade, Justine, ou les malheurs de la vertu (1791)

04.   Goya, Sábado de las brujas (1798)

05.   Hölderlin, Brod und Wein (1800)

06.   Hegel, Jenaer Systementwürfe (1805-06)

07.   Blake, The Ghost of a Flea (1819-20)

08.   Kierkegaard, Frygt og Bæven (1843)

09.   Brontë, Warning and Reply (1843)

10.   Nietzsche, Die fröliche Wissenschaft (1882)

11.   Van Gogh, Nuit étoilée (1889)

12.   Kafka, Letter to R. Klopstock (July 1922)

13.   Eliot, Little Gidding (1942)

14.   Tarkovsky, От юности до старости (1987)

15.   Blanchot, Aminadab (1942)

16.   Bataille, Sur Nietzsche (1945)

17.   Note

Where the blue of the sky and its solar guardian have always suggested the limits of a celestial vault and a paternal authority, a night sky pierced by swirling masses of immeasurably distant stars is the very image of infinity and a chaos that surpasses human understanding. For this reason, night is also the image of the chaos within man. The night is the time in which the spirits that reside within the heart and mind of man are let loose upon the world, filling its sudden emptiness with his fears and nightmares. The last of these to appear, arriving in the dead of night, is the fear of death, without which man would live like a beast, from day to day, and not in the shadow of his own mortality.

No. 11, Sacrifice (December 2008)

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Table of contents

01.   Bronze-Age Man, Stonehenge (c. 3100-1600 B.C.)

02.   Moses, Genesis (c. 500-450 B.C.)

03.   Euripides, The Bacchae (405 B.C.)

04.   Mexico-Tenochtitlan, Codex Vaticanus (c. 1570-1595)

05.   Sahagún, Florentine Codex (1575-77)

06.   Grünewald, Christus am Kreuz (c. 1526)

07.   Huysmans, Là-Bas (1891)

08.   Nietzsche, Jenseits von Gut und Böse (1886)

09.   Roberston Smith, The Religion of the Semites (1889)

10.   Frazer, The Golden Bough (1890)

11.   Durkheim, Formes élémentaires de le vie religieuse (1912)

12.   Mauss and Hubert, Sacrifice (1899)

13.   Masson, Sacrifice de Mithra (1933)

14.   Caillois, L’Homme et le sacré (1939)

15.   Bataille, La Part maudite (1949)

16.   Graves, To Juan at the Winter Solstice (1945)

17.   Sunset, Loughton Camp (December 2008)

18.   Sacrifice of the Yule Log, Loughton Camp (December 2008)

19.   Note

As the lowest and briefest sun of the year fell below the horizon, it might be expected that now, and not at sunrise, was the moment in which the community made its sacrifice, the effects of which were felt the very next day when the sun rose slightly earlier, remained in the sky for slightly longer, and, after a few days, began its passage northwards across the sky.

No. 10, The Forest (November 2008)

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Table of contents

01.   Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

02.   Frazer, The Golden Bough (1911)

03.   Beech coppard, Blackweir Pond

04.   Directions

05.   Map of Epping Forest

06.   Walking Meditation

07.   Oak glade, Little Monk Wood

08.   Frazer, The Golden Bough (1911)

09.   Oak tree, Long Hills

10.   Graves, The Greek Myths (1955)

11.   Birch and oak bundle, Furze Ground

12.   Frazer, The Golden Bough (1911)

13.   Beech pollard and holly bush, Loughton Camp

14.   Mauss and Hubert, Sacrifice (1899)

15.   Beech coppice, Loughton Camp

Forest walking is a meditative practice proper to the physiology and psychology of man, that creature who first raised his eyes from the ground, and in doing so from the immediacy of his animal needs, to look upon the world around him with a uniquely human gaze. It is this that the contemporary walker should seek to rediscover on his journey through the forest: the heightened consciousness and long contemplation of the horizontal and continuous plane of nature through which the vertical and fleeting figure of man passes, slowly, balancing on one foot at a time, with measured pace and springy step, when he walks.

No. 9, Beauty (October 2008)

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Table of contents

01.   Blake, Proverbs of Hell (1790)

02.   Sade, Justine, ou les malheurs de la vertu (1791)

03.   Kant, Kritik der Urteilskraft (1790)

04.   Goethe, Die bildende Nachahmung des Schönen (1788)

05.   Hegel, Vorlesungen über die Ästhetik. (1823-29)

06.   Poe, The Poetic Principle (1850)

07.   Kierkegaard, Begrebet Angest (1844)

08.   Baudelaire, Fusées (c. 1857)

09.   Mallarmé, Le Phénomène futur (1864)

10.   Nietzsche, Der Wille zur Macht (1901)

11.   Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror (1869)

12.   Rimbaud, Une saison en enfer (1873)

13.   Wilde, Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

14.   Breton, L’Amour fou (1937)

15.   Leiris, Miroir de la tauromachie (1938)

16.   Bataille, L’Érotisme (1957)

17.   Graves, Her Beauty (1972)

18.   Note

In this glimpse of another, richer, more intoxicating world, always ahead of us, just out of reach, slipping through our fingers even as we grasp it, we recognise the poverty of the world in which, between its fleeing visits, we live out the days of our lives. Thus, all beauty contains within itself its opposite. This is not its negation, however, but its apotheosis: the recognition, decisive in itself, that nothing is ugly but we make it so; and that beauty, consequently, lies not in the object but in ourselves.

Special edition, Joy Division (September 2008)

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Table of Contents

01.   Curtis, Short Circuit (June 1978)

02.   Curtis, An Ideal for Living (June 1978)

03.   Curtis, A Factory Sample (January 1979)

04.   Curtis, Unknown Pleasures (June 1979)

05.   Curtis, Transmission (October 1979)

06.   Curtis, Earcom 2: Contradiction (October 1979)

07.   Curtis, Licht und Blindheit (March 1980)

08.   Curtis, Komakino (April 1980)

09.   Curtis, Love Will Tear Us Apart (June 1980)

10.   Curtis, Closer (July 1980)

11.   Curtis, Atmosphere/She’s Lost Control (Sept 1980)

12.   Curtis, Ceremony (February 1981)

13.   Curtis, Still (October 1981)

14.   Discography

No. 8, Encounter in the Forest (August 2008)

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Table of contents

01.   Dante, Inferno (1308-21)

02.   Doré, L’Enfer, Cantos I (1860)

03.   Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790)

04.   Directions

05.   Solar Meditation

06.   Map of Loughton Camp

07.   Lunar Meditation

08.   Beech coppard, Loughton Forest

09.   Celestial Meditation

10.   Lightning-struck beech tree, Loughton Camp

11.   Communion

12.   Principles of Community

The terminology of ‘encounter’ seeks to characterise not only the open and collective nature of these events, but also the passage of the individual apprentice, both physical and psychological, out of the world of isolated being in which he lives from day to day, and into the collective experience of a sacred world – which would appear, as it were, over the horizon of our desires, in the very act of their enactment.

No. 7, Notes to a Secret Society (July 2008)

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Table of contents

01.   Goya, Brujas volantes (1797)

02.   Sade, Les 120 Journées de Sodome (1785)

03.   Balzac, Histoire des Treize (1831)

04.   Baudelaire, Le Peintre de la vie moderne (1863)

05.   Kierkegaard, Tvende ethisk-religieuse Smaa-Afhandlinger (1849)

06.   Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra (1883)

07.   Simmel, Soziologie (1908)

08.   Bataille, La Conjuration sacrée (1936)

09.   Caillois, Le Vent d’hiver (1938)

10.   Sartre, Critique de la raison dialectique (1960)

11.   Godfrey, Piave di Gaiole, Chianti (31 May, 2008)

12.   Note

If, like a secret society, the community opposes itself to the society from which it emerges, it does so, in contrast, not by recreating the structure of that society, but by conceiving, creating and practicing a non-hierarchical structure of relations in which the contribution of each member of the community finds its specific place, its unique role, and its equal value.