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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Disinformation Company (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932857206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932857207
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Generation Hex reasserts the essential place of magic in our interaction with the universe. -- Genesis P-Orridge, cultural engineer

This book kicks major ass! -- Phil Hine, author Condensed Chaos

Your invitation to the party that might just bring the house down. -- Grant Morrison, author The Invisibles and The Filth

From the Publisher

If the modern world is crumbling, then magic is what’s growing up between the cracks. In Generation Hex, editor Jason Louv assembles a collection of dispatches from the edge—a generation of young adults who are inventing and imagining radically new directions for spirituality and human evolution.

Through critical essays and practical demonstrations of how a positive interaction with the magical and psychic undercurrents of human life can radically alter one’s existence, the young magicians collected in Generation Hex provide a collective blueprint for escaping the suicidal rut of modern life.


More About the Author

Jason Louv (b. 1981) is the author of the novel QUEEN VALENTINE (2011), the nonfiction MONSANTO VS. THE WORLD (2012) and editor of the anthologies GENERATION HEX (2005), ULTRACULTURE (2007) and THEE PSYCHICK BIBLE with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (2010). He has written for Vice, Motherboard, Esquire Online and many others, and edits the group blog Ultraculture.org.

Customer Reviews

I have felt so alone, until I read this book!
Thomas Chester
In it, Jason Louv shares with us the visceral experience of magick through the lives and stories of modern magickians.
Eddie
Some essays, I find myself stopping after almost every sentence to think about what I've just read.
Patrick Dunn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Walsh on December 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a kind of post-chaos magic text this book works well. Stephen Grasso's essays in particular are oustanding, documenting the dynamic progession of someone from within the chaos scene towards something both more pragmatically effective and personally fulfilling.

That being said, there is an equal amount of nonsense in GH. Practically every essay contains a reference to drug use as a magical tool. There's no doubt certain substances have their place in occult works, but if you read this book cold you'd tend to think they were necessary - no thanks!

Jason Louv clearly has some very noble ideals - much required in present occulture - however, there is an obvious question mark over some of the contributors in this text and their ability to inspire the next generation.

All things considered, this is a book that should be part of the contemporary magician's library, if only as a reference point to the real 'movers and shakers' in the selected reading section. Not that there isn't some vibrant magical creatures in this book - there are - but this tends to be balanced by the odd delusionary LSD tract expressing some ill-defined magical endowment.

I seriously look forward to the release of Grasso's forthcoming book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wren Jones on June 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I sat on that fence. I sat on that fence through the majority of chaos magick, I sat on that fence through feckin' silver ravenwolf's piles of fluffy crap, and slowly became disgusted with the whole business of occulture in general. I loved it, but couldn't find my place in it, couldn't find my belief in it, despite the fact that I did and do have a huge faith and belief in magick. It's so easy to get bogged down by Lewellyn's joke of a publishing company and just figure that magick really is nothing but make believe. It's terribly easy to remember the "witches" in highschool who had their vapid little witchy wars, binding and hexing eachother like they were starring in "The Craft" pretending to be possessed by whichever demon du jour. I tired of it, didn't know what was real and what was fake, and just let it go.

I'd come back again, and become disgusted... again. Over and over, and I'm only in my 20s. I picked up this book, because if anyone was going to do it right, Disinfo would. They didn't let me down. No small press books written by snotty prats with bad grammar, no fluffy ish, just experience, and truth. I don't agree with every essay, and didn't *like* EVERY essay, but they all had truth to them in some way. You don't have to like or agree with everyone to take something away from this book. I've found myself within the occult *finally*. I knew it was there somewhere, but the avenues presented to me in the past only lead me to dead ends, presented me with uncertainty in myself and within the validity of the whole experience. This book presented me with everything I needed, tossed my uncertainty out the window and helped me grow in my practice.

From Christian Sedman, to Crucio to Louv (whom I've developed a ridiculous girly crush on) there is so much to think about and digest, it just leaves you completely satisfied, like after a really good Thanks giving dinner, all fat and happy.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. mckay on November 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
if you don't know anything about magic, read this book. if you do know a thing or two, read this book. if the whole idea makes you laugh, or freaks you out, please read this book! i have been around these ideas for awhile but reading this actually was the catalyst that inspired me to pick up this path on my own. i like some essays more than others, but all in all, it is a profound, exciting, beautiful collection, that leaves me feeling very hopeful about this generation.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Curcio on November 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you read this book, chances are you'll pick up an idea of what Magick is, and how you can apply it to your life.

But from my perspective, as a contributor to the project, it's not really a "how to" book. This is instead a snapshot, a cultural tapestry that spotlights what it is to come into awareness outside a commonly accepted domain. In other words, this is what happens when a generation goes "what the f***?" and isn't satisfied by any of the answers provided. So they plumb deeper, and deeper. Magick is simply a system of looking at and working with reality both open and skeptical enough to allow this process to take place.

I can't say what the end of this story is, as I said this is a snapshot and it's unclear at this point whether "we" are converging or travelling off in various interesting configurations.

However for anyone that is interested in picking up the pen, wand, or guitar to change their world (and through that, THE world), this book is a must read.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Odette de Crecy on October 12, 2005
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I've only ever had a passing interest in Magick with a k, since most of the literature--until now--has seemed esoteric and cliquey. But I guess that the Disinformation Company has made it its mission to make the underground accessible to people like me... Because, from the first few lines of editor Jason Louv's intro, I felt drawn into this world, welcomed and warmed by these adventures. Part bildungsroman, part how-to manual, this book reveals magick's playful and self-actualizing substance. At the risk of sounding pun-ish: I'm charmed...
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on November 14, 2005
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There are fourteen different authors that present very personal, high velocity attitudes to the subject they all have in common, magic. The sheer adventure, integration, and innovation of the the paradiagms and individuals that are presented and expanded upon is mind blowing. What is presented is a lucid, breakneck exposition of ideas and concepts that destroys the myths our culture so adamantly feeds on while presenting an alternative that seems almost to amazing to be real. The usual suspects of greed, ignorance, and the ten thousand heads of their related demons of gross culture are gunned down with sincerity and wit, and frequently enough self effacing humor. What struck me about the author's texts is the openness they have to sharing their experiences and successes, but also their discouragements. In short, you get the impression of reading an adventure story of a diverse network of individuals exploring to the extreme edge of consciousness in every dimension and country possible on space ship earth and coming back to share with the rest of us what they found. --rune logix
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