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"As academics we are expected to write and publish, but we are not supposed to waste our time reading." This remark by a colleague - as absurd as it is true - inspired me to start this blog. As an academic in the field of the Humanities I spend much of my time reading, and on this blog you can see how that works. If scholarly writing has any value at all, then the reading that precedes it deserves respect as an integral part of the creative process that leads to knowledge and understanding.

2021

History is the Mystery (Justinus Kerner and the Seeress)

Nobody Wins unless Everybody Wins

Protecting the Sacred after Modernity

2020

The Real Hermetic Tradition (Lazzarelli and Correggio)

Enter: The Gods (Interview)

Yes, it is possible... (Rainer Maria Rilke)

The Third Kind (Gilles Quispel and Gnosis)

Alterius non sit, qui suus esse potest (Will-Erich Peuckert)

Living with Ambiguity (Chaim Potok)

In Search of Humanity: Reading Thomas Mann

2019

Remembering Jac. Lissenberg

2018

Esotericism and Criticism: A Platonic Response to Arthur Versluis

2017

Imaginary Homelands: Stefan Zweig, Gershom Scholem, and George Prochnik

Evola in Middle Earth

The European New Right doesn't get it right: The Danger of Manichaean Historiography

The Cure: (or: Confessions of an Anti-Neoliberal Liberal, with Recommendations)

2016

Horizon 2020: Walking the Road with Robert Musil

2015

Profile 2016

Theosophy in Secret Germany

On the Death of Khaled Asaad

2014

On Reading Email (Once a Week)

Exterminate All the Idols 

2013

Fatima's Knight 

Butchering the Corpus Hermeticum: Breaking News on Ficino's Pimander

Of Essences and Energies 

Alt & Neumann on Hermetismus

Desire for Beauty 

The Next Generation 

Superpower 

Grand Theories, Feeble Foundations 

Science in Virtual Reality 

2012

Something Rotten 

Enochiana 

Emotional Obscurity 

Academic Suicide 

Even Bigger than Aegypt?

The Paper Trail

Historical Unconsciousness 

Dreamtime is Over 

Memories of a Magician 

Pagans in Schwabing