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12/05/2010 7:45 am  

Greetings

Yes, azidonis, it seems very interesting! 🙂
Here are a couple of links from the News section:

http://www.lashtal.com/nuke/Article1305.phtml
http://www.lashtal.com/nuke/Article1272.phtml

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12/05/2010 6:20 pm  

I preordered that through Amazon months ago. What I want to know is if Weiser Antiquarian will be selling an autographed edition, as they did with the author's "Concordance of the Holy Books of Thelema" last year?


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12/05/2010 8:22 pm  

93,

Good question, Walter.

Hecate, thanks for the links. I figured I wouldn't be bringing anything new to the Site, but wanted to make a thread for it anyway. Those links are a nice addition. 🙂

Pre-ordered my copy last night... been wanting a copy of this book for years.

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12/05/2010 8:25 pm  

I'm really looking forward to this expanded edition too. Amazon US has the publishing date as 10 August, although Amazon in the UK has recently put it back to the start of September. Here's hoping it's the former!

Like Walter and Azidonis, I'd be curious to know if Weiser will have signed copies.


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12/05/2010 9:31 pm  

It's a work of great erudition and enormously impressive research - a major step forward from an already excellent first edition...

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12/05/2010 11:09 pm  

Hello all
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In answer to Walter and others, yes, thanks to the kindness of Richard Kaczynski, Weiser Antiquarian Books will be offering signed copies of the new edition of Perdurabo as soon as it is released. We don't know details yet - after all it hasn't been published - but we will offer some sort of special deal on them during the first week.
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12/05/2010 11:23 pm  
"KeithAtWeiserAntiquarian" wrote:
Hello all
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In answer to Walter and others, yes, thanks to the kindness of Richard Kaczynski, Weiser Antiquarian Books will be offering signed copies of the new edition of Perdurabo as soon as it is released. We don't know details yet - after all it hasn't been published - but we will offer some sort of special deal on them during the first week.
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Thanks for the info Keith. I was hoping Weiser Antiquarian would be getting some signed copies. I'll certainly be making an order when the time comes.


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12/05/2010 11:32 pm  

93,

Sounds to me like one to read, and one to keep wrapped in plastic... especially if it grows in value as the former edition did.

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13/06/2010 5:25 pm  

I notice that the Amazon.com page has been updated to include a number of "reviews" of this new edition, including one by your's truly:

“Richard Kaczynski’s Perdurabo: the Life of Aleister Crowley is the one biography that is absolutely necessary for anyone who wishes to know more about one of the most creative, seminal, and misunderstood figures of the last hundred years.”
—David Tibet, founder of Current 93

"A brilliant essayist, a superior poet, and an extraordinary artist, mountaineer, and explorer, the Crowley presented in these witty and erudite pages is at once shocking, wise, egocentric, petty, inspirational and, most importantly, real. Roundly rejecting the pantomime villain at the center of previous biographies and deeply suspicious of the nonsensical hero-worship of some of his modern followers, Kaczynski's portrait of Crowley is balanced and well-informed. Rare illustrations support a superbly written and meticulously researched text.”
—Paul Feazey, LAShTAL.com

“This is not only the most carefully-researched, detailed, and informative biography of Crowley yet written but also a remarkable insight into the nature of magic itself.”
—Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon and Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain

“Several recently-published biographies of Crowley do justice, for the most part, to his life and works. But their offerings now stand like skeletal frames of unfinished houses next to Kaczynski’s magnificently constructed edifice. Every brick is set in place with the mortar of meticulous research and insight. Thank you, Dr. Kaczynski. I’ve waited thirty-five years for this.”
—Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley

“At long last, the world has a balanced and readable biography that reflects how magick shaped every facet of Aleister Crowley’s life. And Dr. Kaczynski doesn’t dismiss magick as humbug or mumbo-jumbo but validates it as a legitimate method of spiritual development meriting serious study.”
—Christopher S. Hyatt, PhD, author of Undoing Yourself

“Richard Kaczynski uses a novelist’s touch to make this exceptionally well-researched book read like an adventure story. For the serious student of Ceremonial magick or anyone curious about the truth behind all those weird stories, it’s essential reading.… Perdurabo is bound to become the definitive biography on Aleister Crowley.”
—NewWitch magazine

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13/06/2010 5:54 pm  

93,

"lashtal" wrote:
I notice that the Amazon.com page has been updated to include a number of "reviews" of this new edition, including one by your's truly:

“Richard Kaczynski’s Perdurabo: the Life of Aleister Crowley is the one biography that is absolutely necessary for anyone who wishes to know more about one of the most creative, seminal, and misunderstood figures of the last hundred years.”
—David Tibet, founder of Current 93

"A brilliant essayist, a superior poet, and an extraordinary artist, mountaineer, and explorer, the Crowley presented in these witty and erudite pages is at once shocking, wise, egocentric, petty, inspirational and, most importantly, real. Roundly rejecting the pantomime villain at the center of previous biographies and deeply suspicious of the nonsensical hero-worship of some of his modern followers, Kaczynski's portrait of Crowley is balanced and well-informed. Rare illustrations support a superbly written and meticulously researched text.”
—Paul Feazey, LAShTAL.com

“This is not only the most carefully-researched, detailed, and informative biography of Crowley yet written but also a remarkable insight into the nature of magic itself.”
—Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon and Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain

“Several recently-published biographies of Crowley do justice, for the most part, to his life and works. But their offerings now stand like skeletal frames of unfinished houses next to Kaczynski’s magnificently constructed edifice. Every brick is set in place with the mortar of meticulous research and insight. Thank you, Dr. Kaczynski. I’ve waited thirty-five years for this.”
—Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley

“At long last, the world has a balanced and readable biography that reflects how magick shaped every facet of Aleister Crowley’s life. And Dr. Kaczynski doesn’t dismiss magick as humbug or mumbo-jumbo but validates it as a legitimate method of spiritual development meriting serious study.”
—Christopher S. Hyatt, PhD, author of Undoing Yourself

“Richard Kaczynski uses a novelist’s touch to make this exceptionally well-researched book read like an adventure story. For the serious student of Ceremonial magick or anyone curious about the truth behind all those weird stories, it’s essential reading.… Perdurabo is bound to become the definitive biography on Aleister Crowley.”
—NewWitch magazine

Nice! Lovely words, Paul. Very well put. 🙂

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13/06/2010 6:15 pm  

im looking forward to this. im esp. surprised at the lovely price 🙂 maybe i wont bother getting symonds Great beast , but i hear his King of the shadow realm uses diary bits so that might be a good one.
does this book perdurabo use any hard to find sources, or unique to this work?


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13/06/2010 10:03 pm  

If memory serves me right, I also believe DuQuette's quote is the same as the one appearing on the first edition. I believe this is quite common practice in the publishing industry.


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15/06/2010 2:05 pm  

It's a review "blurb". Not only is it common, but they'll often use a reviewer's review of a completely different book to plug the same author. Publicists do this all the time.


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15/06/2010 4:28 pm  

Just for the record, the quotation credited to me is accurate and was written in relation to the new edition.

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15/06/2010 9:04 pm  
"wolf354" wrote:
93,
To Walterfive and taxidermist, because it's common practice, because "they" do it all the time, it is still wrong... or to use another word, bullsh*t!

Besides the book doesn't need Hyatt's review and it could get a more interesting new Duquette's review.
Probably there is someone somewhere in the world earning money to treat buyers like fools, that is great ... or isn't it?

How naive of you to think about "right" and "wrong" in a matter of publicity-- there is only good and bad-- good if it's getting your name in print, bad only if your name is misspelled. Most people reading such a review who might know who Dr. Hyatt is/was probably don't know that he's dead.

"Probably...someone... earning money...treat(ing) buyers like fools ?" Surely you're kidding! Fortunes are being made estimating exactly how foolishly businesses should treat their customers; what level of abuse and neglect they're willing to tolerate, what degree of pre-planned obsolecense they'll accept, what level of stupidity the seller can claim to possess in they eyes of the law... every goddamned corporation you hear about in the news (with BP currently at the top of the list) does this.

Get used to it. They are Shepherds. Their customers are Sheep. Shepherds take care of Sheep for three reasons-- 1. to fleece them. 2. to fuck them. 3. to slaughter them for their skins and their meat.


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16/06/2010 10:04 am  

Well, wolf354, you're clearly rather exercised about this matter, although I'm baffled as to why.

The new edition of 'Perdurabo' is precisely that: a revised edition of an existing work. The book has been expanded to include a great deal more material but at its core it remains the same piece of work. The comments that Amazon chooses to include on its page remain relevant and accurate.

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16/06/2010 11:47 am  

Let me second Paul's comments.......Most authors have little or no control over their publishers' approach to publicity. On the other hand credit where credit is due - rather than minimising expense by bringing out a cheap reprint of the first edition, the publisher is bringing out a completely revised edition with a lot of new material and a lot of new illustrations. I for one think we should applaud, rather than berate, the publisher.


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16/06/2010 1:56 pm  

93 Paul,

"lashtal" wrote:
Well, wolf354, you're clearly rather exercised about this matter, although I'm baffled as to why.

The new edition of 'Perdurabo' is precisely that: a revised edition of an existing work. The book has been expanded to include a great deal more material...

Has it been said what this material includes? Perhaps somewhere on the site that I missed? I have the first edition in paperback, but I am considering getting the revised version.

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16/06/2010 2:50 pm  

I'm not aware of a public announcement on the additional material. All I can say is that the new material is expertly woven into the text of all chapters - the new book is substantially longer as a result and contains a lot more detail throughout.

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16/06/2010 4:48 pm  
"wolf354" wrote:
"Walterfive" wrote:
How naive of you to think about "right" and "wrong" in a matter of publicity-- there is only good and bad-- good if it's getting your name in print, bad only if your name is misspelled.
"wolf354" wrote:
Why naive? I don't want to be treated this way, should I be happy and silent?

You are *going* to be treated this way. We all already are. *Should* you be happy? Or should you trade your shoes in for sandals, take banjo lessons, and start Street Busking? Me, I do not play the game, but I can't help but observe the playing field.

"Walterfive" wrote:
Most people reading such a review who might know who Dr. Hyatt is/was probably don't know that he's dead.
"wolf354" wrote:
... and they are being fooled?

Does the Pope shit in the Schwartzwald?

"Walterfive" wrote:
"Probably...someone... earning money...treat(ing) buyers like fools ?" Surely you're kidding! Fortunes are being made estimating exactly how foolishly businesses should treat their customers; what level of abuse and neglect they're willing to tolerate, what degree of pre-planned obsolecense they'll accept, what level of stupidity the seller can claim to possess in they eyes of the law... every goddamned corporation you hear about in the news (with BP currently at the top of the list) does this.
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And that is sh*t, I don't want it and will avoid the "big comapanies" as soon as I feel I am being treated this way.

Good luck with that. I live in one of the largest Major Metropolitan areas in the United States. I can buy my electricity from a "green" energy company, and I do, but one can't avoid buying gasoline from one of the Oil Congloms-- you don't have to buy BP, but you still have to buy from Shell, or Exxon, or some other huge-ass international corporation. I buy Venezuelan Oil from CITGO as often as I can, purely because I like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But I don't kid myself-- I live in Texas. I have dozens of friends who work for the Oil Industry-- riggers, ROV Operators, Safety Inspectors, Computer Networkers, ad nauseum. Most of those guys make pretty good bucks doing what they do. I enjoy the fruits of their labors every time they buy me a drink, or invite me over for dinner.

"Walterfive" wrote:
Get used to it. They are Shepherds. Their customers are Sheep. Shepherds take care of Sheep for three reasons-- 1. to fleece them. 2. to fuck them. 3. to slaughter them for their skins and their meat.
"wolf354" wrote:
I prefer to call them dumb, I prefer to be a wild sheep and I don't want to get used to it ... some how I have the feeling that we aren't that far apart in our feelings.

Personally I prefer to be an Old Goat. 😉

I don't realistically have much of an argument with the Shepherds-- because basically I have to admit that I'm in collusion with them-- I like Lamb Chops and a Wool Sweater on a chilly day. So I'm complicit in their fleecing, and I'm complicit in their being led to the slaughterhouse, and all the lovely things they do to slice and dice them there. Those actions put those lambchops on my plate, and I eat 'em with gusto. Being sheep and shepherds is their respective Dharmas-- so even if I don't buy a plate of lambchops, or a wool blanket, others will, and the Sheep and the Shepherds will STILL play their respective rolls, with or without my complicity. I just happen to be cynical enough to find some amusement in this ongoing cycle-- the more things change, the more they stay the same. When I was younger, I hoped that some sort of "real change" was possible-- and there's certainly been "real change" in the last 30+ years; unfortunately the changes have largely had to do with technology, not in any sort of fundamental change in the egregore of humanity. These mentally constipated New Agers seem to think that it's all going magickally change in 2012. I don't see how we can get that much LSD into the water-supply.


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16/06/2010 7:20 pm  

Yawn.


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16/06/2010 7:38 pm  
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Has [sic.] for my ideas, if Dr. Richard Kaczynski demanded that Amazon removed this kind of publicity from his book he wouldn't loose [sic.] much [sic.] sales (if any) and his ethical image would certainly benfit [sic.] from it.

Oh, for heaven's sake…

Back to the topic, please.

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16/06/2010 11:09 pm  
"lashtal" wrote:
I'm not aware of a public announcement on the additional material. All I can say is that the new material is expertly woven into the text of all chapters - the new book is substantially longer as a result and contains a lot more detail throughout.

Thank you.


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17/06/2010 1:08 pm  

Hats off to Richard! I did not realise when I ordered the 1st edition that it was limited to 5000. The last time I read a post from him here, he remarked how this was far too low a # to satisfy demand, & that he was looking for a new publisher. Here it comes!- & many who have the 1st will buy the 2nd, which is not only a smart move monetarily, but also immensely satisfying for a returning reader due to the additional content.


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17/06/2010 7:38 pm  

Look forward to reading it for the first time after my copy arrives mid August


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24/07/2010 10:54 pm  

This from the Blog of 'Sabazius':

Richard Kaczynski's meticulously researched Crowley biography Perdurabo is now available in a revised and expanded edition for pre-order on Amazon.com, and is scheduled for release on August 10.

Originally published in 2002, the original edition of Perdurabo was hailed for its scholarly and balanced approach towards a subject who has too often been covered by lurid accounts bordering on either character assassination or heroic fantasy. The revised and expanded edition is built on the same firm footings, and incorporates the results of Dr. Kaczynski's most recent researches into the life of our Prophet.

If you're a collector of Crowley biographies, this is an essential addition to your collection. If you can only afford one Crowley biography, this is the one to get. If you're not interested in Crowley, then why are you reading this blog?

--- http://invisiblebasilica.blogspot.com/2010/07/perdurabo.html

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24/07/2010 11:10 pm  

Amazon's Perdurabo page has been updated to include a witty "review" by Andrew WK:

“Aleister Crowley—what a man. I've read several Crowley biographies, and this one takes the prize for most enjoyable and intimate. Mr. Kaczynski has the personal understanding and experience necessary to paint an accurate portrait of Crowley, with all the exciting context in place. Mr. Kaczynski's passion for his subject makes for an informative and potentially life-changing read. Why wade on the shores of such a vast man, when you can dive in? I think Crowley himself would have welcomed such a loving penetration."
—Andrew W.K., musician

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25/07/2010 12:45 am  

I have my pre-order to make sure I don`t miss out this time, Being Random House theres a good chance this could get wide distribution too thus introducing many new people to AC.


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27/07/2010 5:02 pm  

This from the Perdurabo Facebook page:

Two weeks until the street date for "Perdurabo"! Bibliographer and bibliophile Clive Harper writes, "This new edition is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the Great Beast."

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06/08/2010 11:14 pm  

On Saturday, September 25, at 2:00 PM, Richard Kaczynski will be reading from and signing copies of Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley at Germ Books & Gallery in Philadelphia.

http://www.germbooks.com/

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07/08/2010 1:48 pm  

My copy arrived today from Amazon.co.uk: it's an incredibly handsome book!

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"lashtal" wrote:
My copy arrived today from Amazon.co.uk: it's an incredibly handsome book!

Looking forward to getting mine from the same source, although I see Amazon.co.uk's website still says "This title has not been released" and quotes a publication date of 1 September. You're favoured, Paul!


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09/08/2010 10:28 pm  

93,

Looks like it shipped out yesterday and should be here Thursday. Woohoo!

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12/08/2010 10:08 pm  

Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley

Author Book Signing and Lecture

Saturday, August 21, 2010
3:00 pm
Blue Equinox Oasis, O.T.O. in Detroit, MI
$20 to attend
$45 includes a copy of the book

Author Richard Kaczynski will talk about Aleister Crowley's life and spiritual journey. Stay for a book signing with the author. Copies will be for sale.

Contact:
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248.613.9393
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13/08/2010 2:40 am  

93,

"lashtal" wrote:
Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley

Author Book Signing and Lecture

Saturday, August 21, 2010
3:00 pm
Blue Equinox Oasis, O.T.O. in Detroit, MI
$20 to attend
$45 includes a copy of the book

Author Richard Kaczynski will talk about Aleister Crowley's life and spiritual journey. Stay for a book signing with the author. Copies will be for sale.

Contact:
http://www.blueequinox.org/
248.613.9393
secretary@blueequinox.org

Too bad he didn't do this nine years ago when I lived in Detroit! 🙂

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13/08/2010 3:19 am  

caloo calay oh happy day my 'Perdurabo's come today!! 😀
*blows imaginary party horn* *toot*
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13/08/2010 5:39 pm  

Mine's at the Post Office to pick up tonite! Can't wait!


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14/08/2010 12:38 pm  

From Oz Fritz: http://oz-mix.blogspot.com/2010/08/perdurabo.html

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19/02/2017 8:07 pm  

Richard Kaczynsk, Perdurabo - The life of Aleister Crowley, Revised and expanded edition, 2010:

(Page 96:) "By mid-November [1901] the magicians parted ways. Bennett pursued the ascetic life of a Buddhist monk, not in Ceylon “where the sodden corruption of the Sangha sickened his sincerity, but in Akyab (today called Sitwe), the port and chief city on the western coast of Burma, where he took the yellow robe at the Lamma Sayadaw Kyoung monastery. Crowley, more interested in Hinduism, pressed on to Madura in southern mainland India, en route to the Himalayas."

(Page 123:) "In November [1903], Crowley dashed off a hasty note to Blackett, his agent at Kegan Paul: “Called suddenly away to distant lands,”67 he wrote. He was going on his honeymoon. Rose of the World deserved a better honeymoon than the obscure inn of some small Scottish town. Man of the world that he was, Crowley planned a cosmopolitan getaway, taking them to Bertolini's at Naples, on to Cairo for a short visit, to Ceylon to meet Allan Bennett, then to China."

According to the second quote above Crowley planned to meet Allan Bennett in Ceylon in 1903, does this indicate thar Allan Bennett moved back to Ceylon in 1903, or before 1903, after first leaving Ceylon for Burma (as stated in the first quote above)?


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