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Generation Hex Paperback – September 1, 2005
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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 whats growing up between the cracks. In Generation Hex, editor Jason Louv assembles a collection of dispatches from the edgea 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 ones existence, the young magicians collected in Generation Hex provide a collective blueprint for escaping the suicidal rut of modern life.
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My most sincere thanks to the authors for their candor and randy enthusiasm!
I recommend this to EVERYONE! Especially those that are scratching their heads wondering what is happening to the world and more importantly to their friends and family as we digress from a dogmatic and shallow unified spirituality into a new era of spiritual self-discovery. This book will help you connect. Bring your guts, integrity and be ready for sincere and severe assaults on what you thought magic was and what you think the 'right' path is!
Well it is and isn't. As one of the voices of the so-called next generation of magic, I can't really say this anthology speaks for me or represents my views on magic. I can't even say I agree with the direction that some writers in this anthology feel occultism, as a culture, should go in...And while I find the personal narratives fascinating as to why some of these people got into magic, again, it's not representative of all the reasons why a person gets into magic.
All of that being said I did enjoy reading this book. It gave me some perspectives and thoughts, that while I didn't agree with, I did find invaluable for considering where magic as a culture is going. And I think people should read it, if only to see if they agree or disagree with the earnest young voices of a "new" generation. A lot of the ideas presented are intriguing and will definitely have you thinking and practicing magic in new directions. Kudos to all the writers of this anthology for promoting that.
It's also refreshing to see actual sources cited as opposed to a presentation of ideas as if the authors had never read anything about magic and had come up with it all on their own. With this anthology you know where the authors got their ideas from and that's good scholarship which is definitely needed in the occult scene.
I only have two complaints when it comes to this book. The one section of the book focuses the majority of the articles on drug use and magic, which is hardly new and seems rather old hat. I'd have liked to have seen other alternative ways of altering your reality advocated beyond just the traditional drug use. In other words, what is the new generation doing to alter reality that hasn't been done before?
And I'd have liked to have heard from more voices of the next generation that were representative of a wider diversity of views.
Regardless check out the book...because whether you agree or disagree with the views advocated in it, it will get you thinking about the direction that occultism as a cultural movement is going in.
Four stars out of five
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.