Ashé Journal #4.1

Ashé Journal is pleased to announce the release of Issue 4.1
“Occulture in the Fin De Siecle”

This special edition of Ashé Journal focuses on Occulture and the Fin de Siecle (the end of the 19th century France) and includes original articles by Alamantra, Adrian Eckersley, Eric Lerner, Sven Davisson, Mogg Morgan, Jonathan Sellers.

In addition, the issue includes original source documents from Josephin Péladan, Arthur Machen, Jules Doinel, Erik Satie and J.K. Huysmans.

The issue also contains a special tribute to Cabell McLean (1952-2004).

Keeping Faith

The new issue (13.01-13.02) of Lambda Book Report includes my review of Fenton Johnson’s Keeping Faith: A Sceptic’s Journey–about one gay Catholic’s journey to find a place within his faith.

Samuel R. Delaney is on the cover and there’s a good interview inside… which is more of a reason to check the issue out.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring

A group of friends and I went to see “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” (Kim Ki-duk, 2003) last night. I was pretty much expecting an ‘art film’–which sadly I have zero tolerance for anymore, confirmed action/sci-fi philistine that I am. The movie was actually quite sweet and I’m glad I was dragged out of my own hermitage.

The film is entirely set in tiny monestary on a raft at the center of a lake. The plot follows the life of two monks, one old at the outset and the other progressing from childhood through the viscisitudes (and tragedies) of adulthood. The imagery in the film is beautiful and the sound minimal. It’s subtitled from Korean, but there’s very little dialogue to begin with.

In the image above the older monk writes the Prajnaparamitra Sutra (Heart Sutra) on the raft’s deck with the tail of his pet cat. Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha…