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Book Title: Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley|
The author of the book: Richard Kaczynski
Edition: New Falcon Publications
Date of issue: December 15th 2002
ISBN 13: 9781561841707
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The life of Aleister Crowley, or how to summon the devil.
Grow up in a strict puritan environment, severely sexually oppressed.
Add a traumatic event to the hormonal imbalance of puberty.
Channel your sexual frustration into rebelliousness.
But don't be stupid. Conveniently accept a financial trust too, become a rebel with a monthly income.
Finally, channel your sexual frustration into sex.
Keep going at it, write poetry about it, get obsessed with it.
Go to Cambridge, join an association of people fascinated with the occult and esotericism (W.B. Yeats was a member too!)
But have a bigger vision for yourself, fight and leave determined to discover your own path.
Try asceticism for 6 months but fail (too difficult for your undisciplined, sex-obsessed, already half-crazed mind).
Look for an easier path, discover drugs.
Meet girl and marry her the next day.
Have honeymoon in Egypt full of sex and hedonistic pleasures.
Do everything in excess, add more stimulation to your already unbalanced state.
Spend a night inside a pyramid to impress her.
Let this scary, sensory deprivation experience trigger her psychosis as she starts mumbling that you are the one, the one chosen by the Egyptian gods.
Be bothered that she got to insanity first, but don't worry, let this reinforce your calling (your time will come later).
Go to museum, have your wife find a Horus statue with exhibition Nr. 666 on it (in retrospect Nr. 1 could have been better for your megalomania).
That's Him she says, He came to her dream she says, and that's the clue that you've been waiting for.
Have your own psychosis triggered, go back to the hotel, let a voice dictate you a holy book.
From then on have the total conviction that you are the chosen, the master of black magic.
Fulfil your role, dress up like god, act like a god.
Try to find your place among the existing ones, rage against the Bible, Koran, Buddhism, society in general.
Be delirious, narcissist, egomaniac, why wouldn't you?
Take on climbing a high mountain, and when your comrades get annoyed by you, part with them and go alone.
See your comrades die, don't help them, watch them die like a good psychopath.
Abandon wife and kid, let them become mad and dead respectively.
Find English homosexual poet, go to dessert with him, do some drugs, have some S&M sessions, hallucinate, see white lights and spirits while climaxing.
That's it! See the connection between sex and magic, have a revelation! Yes! Invent your own unique philosophy, give it a catchy name, call it: Sex-magick!
Travel to New York, experiment with prostitutes. Deepen your religious practices my friend.
Be certain. Confident.
Project self-confidence like only a fool, a crazy man or a high-level executive can.
Have gullible people magnetized by you.
Develop a following, most of them weirdos coming for the sex.
Meet submissive girl, brainwash her further, go to Sicily, start an abbey.
Add more submissive girls, excited men, drugs, let them all naked and free, make a proper commune.
Blood drinking is not so healthy, people die, your little commune unravels, Mussolini deports you.
And then, finally, the devil hears you.
And you discover hell, living hell.
Your money dries out, your followers abandon you (they get mad themselves), you are wanted, you move from country to country, you live hand to mouth.
And then, You, the Great Beast, the God of Sex, the Big Brute, who didn't have the fortune to die young as other messiahs before you, face the reality of old age. You write in your diary: weak erection.
What you leave behind is some wacky books, pornographic poetry, funny looking pics and a rather big cult following due to the media exaggeration and the hippie/rock and roll culture that followed.
That was my take on him. I'd be damned (sic!) if I wouldn't admit that while reading the book I even grew sympathy for the devil, Aleister. Victim of the rumors and hyperboles myself ("Beast", "wickedest man in the world"!?) I was expecting descriptions of satanic rituals, sacrifices, orgies, crimes...but in reality the Great Beast was presented here as a rather intelligent, well educated spiritual guru who tried to leave his mark in the world preaching what he thought was crucial: Liberation from all moral or societal restrictions and the discovery and pursuit of one's own true calling ("Do What Thou Wilt").
And to achieve that he tried as hard as he could, poor Aleister. He followed his own calling but living in conservative times he had to sacrifice everything, his family life, fortune and reputation. He was certainly dragged away by his passions, ego and delusions but in the end I don't think he was a wicked man. Eventually he tried to help his alcoholic wife, and as he grew older he longed to become a father again and raise a child properly.
Maybe that's how the author chose to portray him? Finishing the book I had second thoughts about this biography. I felt that the description of Aleister was too good to be true. He was presented as a quite sane and rational man, a fact which, when one thinks about it, is in complete contrast with the way he lived his life, his impulsive decisions or by what his rants and delirious writings (excerpts appear in the book) suggest: a manic (if not crazy), egoistic, obsessive person.
What is more, Aleister is presented in such a sympathetic way that two thirds in the book we read that his lover "was tired of his fits of anger", yet nowhere before we were given the indication of a short-tempered and aggressive Aleister in that or any of his previous relationships. Elsewhere we also read that "every student at one point or another would see Aleister as a horrible monster" yet we are equally at a loss understanding why. Was he violent? Was he abusive? Did he insist on extreme practices? The juicy details or any negative depiction of the beloved guru are nowhere to be found. The Great Beast appears more like a teddy bear in this book.
Another thing that bothered me is that the author seems eager to let one believe in Aleister's magical powers since all supernatural experiences (descriptions of demons appearing, lights, voices) are described as facts without the least questioning or suggestion that perhaps those visions were a result of mental illness or hallucinations from drugs. And for a person who regularly took heroin and other opiates for asthma attacks, that wouldn't be too surprising. Out of the blue we also read that the hallucinogen peyote was his drug of choice, a fact which implies regular use, yet there was no mention of it before nor any descriptions of Aleister's hallucinogenic experiences, and again no connection with the drug and his magical visions. I couldn't help but think what other details or events were likewise not presented or misrepresented.
In general, this lengthy book is full of details about Aleister's life and the numerous citations show that a good deal of research went into writing it. But writing a good biography is not only research and chronological descriptions of details and events, one also needs to touch on the psyche and traits of the subject. Perhaps the author didn't offer us a psychological portrait or drama on purpose in order to keep an objective distance, but for me the end result was a dry and boring description of Aleister's life with his true character still remaining unclear.
Was he a wicked man or was he not? Devil is in the details and although I read many, I felt that more were missing. Perhaps reading his diaries or autohagiography (what a title!) one could get a better feel for him and his experiences. And although I am still curious about the real nature of that strange man I decided to take his advice. To become liberated, to follow my own path and...choose to read another book.
To hell with it!
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Read information about the authorRichard Kaczynski is an American writer, musician, research scientist, and lecturer in the fields of social psychology, metaphysical beliefs and new religious movements. He is known for his biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (North Atlantic Books, 2010), acclaimed by the Times Literary Supplement as "the major biography to date" of the Edwardian enfant terrible, and regarded by the Norwegian daily Aftenposten as the best biography of Crowley.
He has lectured internationally since 1990, and over the years his writing has appeared in magazines ranging from High Times to the Lovecraftian role-playing journal Different Worlds. He has also appeared on television in the documentaries Secrets of the Occult and Aleister Crowley: The Beast 666.
Kaczynski has also played keyboards for the progressive rock bands House of Usher, Page, and Celestial Serenity.
Dr. Kaczynski earned his Ph.D. in social psychology, with a minor in measurement and statistics, in 1993 with a dissertation on metaphysical beliefs and experiences among occult practitioners in New Religious Movements. He works professionally as a research scientist and biostatistician on studies ranging from clinical trials of psychiatric medications to program evaluation of compensated work therapy.
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