This Thursday, Austinites (and visitors from out of town for SXSW-2012) have an opportunity to hear one of the most famous counter-culture writers from the alternative press discuss his latest book.
From Publishers Weekly:
Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide
Adam Parfrey and Craig Heimbichner, foreword by Loren Coleman. Feral House (Consortium, dist.), $29.95 paper over board (380p) ISBN 978-1-936239-14-6
There have been hundreds of clandestine clubs in America, but as Coleman notes in the foreword, we “[do] not know much about the hidden landscape in which we live everyday.” In unmasking this “widespread covert reality”—a motley group of secret societies from Elks and Masons to the Ku Klux Klan, the Bohemian Club, and the Rosicrucians—Heimbichner, a contributor to Paranoia magazine, and Parfrey (editor of Apocalypse Culture) survey secret passwords, garments, handshakes, songs, and initiations to show how these offbeat orders and brotherhoods have shaped America. The pages are packed with unusual images, many not previously printed, in paper ephemera, postcards, cartoons, sheet music, and art by numerous illustrators, along with kooky costumes and helmets. Controversial figures such as Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard and “Masonic Pope” Albert Pike are profiled. One bizarre section has ads for items (like axes) used in hazings and sadistic initiation pranks. The military is described as “a bastion of Masonic membership,” and a dubious connection is drawn between waterboarding and “fraternal traditions.” The total effect is that of a tattered, bulging scrapbook of outré oddities on high-quality slick paper with an attractive graphic design. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/16/2012
Here are details about the event which is being hosted at the Domy Bookstore in Central East Austin:
Adam Parfrey, Jodi Wille,
Isis Aquarian & Electricity Aquarian
A reading, presentation and discussion about secret societies,
cults, Father Yod, The Source Family and YaHoWa13,
The Law of Attraction, sex magic and much more…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Domy Books – Austin
913 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702, FREE
6–7:30pm Jodi Wille, Isis Aquarian & Electricity Aquarian
7:45–9pm Adam Parfrey
From the Feral House email blast: Prepare yourself, Austin!
Austin, TX, we love you. Yes we do. Filled up the Dobie Theater to its capacity back in ’91 or ’92, and spoke in a stadium mascot uniform. Chicken Little, specifically, since the lecture was about Apocalypse Culture. Frank Kozik did the poster: a Nazi minister with red Shriner clown nose.
Twenty years later, we’re back to speak about Ritual America in a multi-media extravaganza at DOMY Books, just after Process Media puts forward a discussion and slides from Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian of your favorite cult-commune, The Source Family. Also speaking is Jodi Wille, editor of the Process Media book about The Source, and co-director of the amazing documentary about the family, which is credited as being based on the book. It’s receiving its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. I wouldn’t miss it for the world!
Check it out: HERE!
Ps. In case you missed it this week, hear Adam speak about Ritual America at length for the first time in this Expanding Mind interview with hosts Erik Davis and Process Media author Maja D’Aoust, HERE.