Ishmael Reed's 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo is a conspiracy thriller, a postmodern experiment, a revolutionary tract, a celebration, and a magical working. It is a novel that, over and above prophetically describing the world we live in, creates a whole new world and invites us to move in. For Phil and JF, Mumbo Jumbo exemplifies art's creative power to generate new possibilities for life. It is also the perfect occasion for pinpointing the difference between the kind of magical thinking that fuels virulent conspiricism, and the more profound magical thinking which alone can save us from it.
**Image: **Albrecht Dürer, Two Pairs of Hands with Book
Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo
Harold Bloom, The Western Canon
For more on Colin Wilson's concept of lunar religion, see The Occult
Weird Studies, episode 36: "On Hyperstition"
William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch
Carl Van Vechten, American writer
Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea, Illuminatus!
MC5, "Kick Out the Jams"
Karl Pfeiffer (dir.), Hellier, webseries
Jasun Horsley, 16 Maps of Hell
Ramsey Dukes (Lionel Snell), SSOTBME
Anonymous, Meditations on the Tarot
Fats Waller, American jazz musician
Owen Barfield, Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry
Weird Studies, episode 57 - "Box of Gods: On Raiders of the Lost Ark"
Hans Jonas, The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature