“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris


Sunday, July 14, 2024

Neopaganism! Timothy Snyder YES

 Oh yes oh yes oh YES. Likewise I have been reading Chesterton to think on this precise issue. 


Saturday, July 13, 2024

Abjuration

 


Hurricane Beryl gave them the cover they needed. In its aftermath, the police cars had left. Police had positioned cars during fundamentalist protests a few weeks ago. Protests of a magnificent statue by Shahzia Sikander at the University of Houston. 

They beheaded the statue and made lynching-postcard-style videos about it. 

This is what I did in response.

If You've Been Following Me for a While, You'll See at Once Why These Reviews Are So Touching

 The American Academy of Religion one, by Mark Porter, really really sees the book. 

And this one, by Chris Jerrey on Medium, is also an incredible act of seeing. 

Use CUP20 as a discount code when you buy the book from Columbia direct. 

William Blake, The Reunion of the Soul and the Body


Sunday, July 7, 2024

My New Substack Post

Mysticism and Totalitarianism by Timothy Morton

Why The Current Moment Requires You to Step It Up, in Your Head

Read on Substack

Saturday, June 29, 2024

A Dynamite Interview (very very recent)

 Blake Chastain of Exvangelical wasted no time in posting this. 


Time Is a Mist that Flows from the Mouth of the Spirit

וַֽיְהִי־ עֶ֥רֶב וַֽיְהִי־ בֹ֖קֶר י֥וֹם שֵׁנִֽי׃ פ

And the evening and the morning were the second day.



Wednesday, June 26, 2024

My First Substack Post Is about (You Guessed It?) LAWNS

 

Kicked to the Kerb: Lawn Convolute Alpha by Timothy Morton

The Silence of the Lawns (Is Deafening)

Read on Substack

Why So Much Ecological Writing Gets You Stuck in a Heat Dome

Bookplate Offer!

 

Bookplate offer! Send me a note with proof of purchase of my new new book Hell and a good address, and I will send you two bookplates, one signed. If it’s hard to get the proof of purchase into a note, just email me at tbm2@rice.edu The bookplates I made myself using the poetry and imagery of William Blake. They’ll stick nicely onto the frontispiece of your copy. I’ve used about 250 so far!

- Timothy Morton

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Cool Water for Your Burning Brain in a Burning World

 Sick of the horror yet? 

“Blake’s Songs of Innocence cry out that we don’t have to live in a world where master versus slave, human versus nonhuman, male versus female define everything. There is always a lovely, innocent excess of reality over what we think we see, our eyes dimmed by conflict and rage and fear. This is what Blake meant when he wrote, ‘To see a world in a grain of sand’ Auguries of Innocence). That grain is not defined by its place in an hourglass. ‘Satan’s watch fiends’ – the ideas, ideologies, and people that master measurement (Blake’s allegorical writing lets you be wonderfully flexible) – do not have a monopoly on that tiny crystal of silicon. You could find all kinds of sparkling facets in that grain if you looked carefully enough.”




Monday, June 24, 2024

Want a Signed Copy? It's Easy!

 Message me (tbm2@rice.edu) with proof of purchase of my book Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology, and an address...


...and I'll send you two Blake bookplates I've made, one signed! They're stickers so you can easily put one in your copy. 


Just about to mail the third batch. That means I've signed 250 so far. 




Friday, June 21, 2024

Lovely Spirit Spiritual Songs by Lovely Beings

 This Library of Congress post is incredible. You can hear them singing. 

"I’d like to honor two prodigious collectors of African American spirituals, Becky Elzy and Aberta Bradford. These two African American women, who were born into slavery in Louisiana, remembered over one hundred spirituals and shared them with people who had the institutional means to preserve them. The result is a published book in the Library’s general collections containing 120 songs, a microfilm shared by the American Folklife Center and the Library’s Music Division containing at least 6 unpublished songs, and 3 sound discs in the AFC archive containing 10 recordings of Elzy and Bradford’s singing"

Lovely Review of the New Book

 By Frank Mills, on his wonderful website

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Yeah I Have a Substack and I Said a Thing about a Post of Zizek's

 

I almost liked this a lot. But, come on—feeling sorry for what white people did and do, there’s no harm in it. A little bit (or a lot, even) of guilt and shame never hurt anyone. Just because it might spark a superego spiral is no reason not to go there. And looking stupid while you squirm well, that just comes with the territory. You can’t do this part beautifully. It’s called actual real conscience. Also, I’m not sure the “père” (of whatever kind) is implicitly pire-in-waiting. Even if it is, it’s being nice and irritating and oedipal for now, and that’s good enough for me, as a survivor of a pire of a father like you wouldn’t believe.

- Timothy Morton

Read on Substack

It's Juneteenth. It's Also My Birthday

 


Some Hell Interviews and Launches I'd Love You to See and Hear (links)

There are now loads of interviews and other events about Hell, which I would love you to listen to, so I'm aggregating all the links here. 

The one I just did for Future Fossils is a humdinger: two and a half hours of recording! Look out for the podcast. 

The one for KUHF's Houston Matters with Craig Cohen was so great. 

The dialogue I did at the Norwich launch is out and it was very moving and deep. 

I'm going to be on Sirius XM next Monday. 

Tomorrow I'll be doing the Deconstructionists podcast and next week it's Exvangelical with Blake Chastain. 

Miranda Melcher's New Books podcast was so great. 

My discussion with Paul Miller at the Yale Center for Sacred Music was very enjoyable. 

Andrew Keen's Keen On podcast was very compact and succinct. 

Hell: A User's Guide, the New York launch with Paul Miller was so awesome. 

Spotlights with Sam Mickey was wonderful. 

And The Traveler in the Evening with Andy Wilson was also wonderful. 

Eventually the launch at Washington University will be out on video. 

Talking of Andy Wilson, the Blake Society event was amazing. 

"Paradise," from the launch t Syracuse, was the original and really spontaneous. 

There are some interviews that I've recorded that haven't yet appeared: one with David Dault (Things Not Seen) and one with the Satanic Temple. 

"Dark Green Gods" was a seminar for a UK class on ecology and contemplation. 

The London launch is coming on video!