Academic Journal Correspondences Reviews The Crescent and The Compass

Justine Bakker, of Rice University, has reviewed my book The Crescent and The Compass for the online academic journal Correspondences. Since the book was written for a broader audience — not for academia per se — I was surprised to learn that the site was interested in reviewing it at all.

The journal describes itself as an “an international, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the academic study of ‘Western Esotericism’.” It’s interests range from Gnosticism to Traditionalism. Bakker herself has focused on the Nation of Islam and African-American religious experience — subjects that appear in the my book. Here is a snippet (if I can use such a non-academic term) of the review: Continue reading “Academic Journal Correspondences Reviews The Crescent and The Compass”

Gnostic Warrior Interviews Me About Freemasonry, Initiation, and More

Moe at Gnostic Warrior dot com interviewed a couple of days ago, and the podcast is now up.

Over about an hour, we discuss Freemasonry, how the esoteric (inner) and exoteric (outer) relate to each other in spirituality, initiation, martial arts, and even contemporary European culture, and the problems it faces today. Continue reading “Gnostic Warrior Interviews Me About Freemasonry, Initiation, and More”

Understanding the Milwaukee Masonic Lodge Attempted Mass Shooting

The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force foiled a plot to attack a Masonic building today. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23 had planned to shoot and kill as many people as possible at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic building. The suspect has been charged with possessing machine guns and a silencer, but has not been remanded on terrorist charges. Continue reading “Understanding the Milwaukee Masonic Lodge Attempted Mass Shooting”

Lithuanian Site Interviews Me About Freemasonry, Europe, Russia, and More

After reviewing my latest book The Crescent and The Compass, Lithuanian culture site Radikaliai.lt recently interviewed me about how the book came about, as well as about my background, Freemasonry, Russia and Europe. It is quite a mix of subjects, but I think the interview works well, and it gave me a chance to talk about subjects that interest me, but that I’m not normally asked to discuss. I have pasted the first question below, but there is a lot more, so please check it out here.

I first read about you when I started to read Your newest book The Crescent and The Compass. Could you tell me more about yourself? Where you are from? What is Your background? Continue reading “Lithuanian Site Interviews Me About Freemasonry, Europe, Russia, and More”

Why We Write

We know, of course, that there are “keyboard warriors” and hacks. Blogs have become more sensationalist than the newspapers we believed they would replace. (How many blog headlines have you seen lately, promising that if you click to the article it will “shock you,” “move you to tears,” “leave you breathless,” and so on?) Sensationalist articles and headlines are written solely to get websites higher in Google’s search results. Continue reading “Why We Write”