fredag 14 februari 2020

Om Eld och rörelse

In Swedish, about my 2007 debut. -- För 13 år sedan gav jag ut min debutbok. Eld och rörelse.

Eld och rörelse innehåller noveller.

Jag gav ut verket på eget förlag 2007.

Hela boken presenteras här.

Och hur du laddar ner pdf:en från Dropbox beskrivs här.

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Vad har jag att tillägga i ämnet idag då?

Inget annat än att jag nu offentliggör det som först var tänkt att bli omslaget. Se ovan.

När det kom till kritan fixade jag ett annat omslag. Ett mer återhållet. Ett med mindre känsla av "död och natt och blod".

Men nu så... nu har jag äntligen fullbordat det ursprungliga omslaget. Så pass att det kan illustrera detta inlägg.

Bilden sammanfattar bokens titelberättelse ganska bra tycker jag. Vinterkrig, smyga i skogen, en något nihilistisk känsla över det hela. Yla i natten, pansar och blod...

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I tillbakablickens karga sken är det ibland så att en författare inte längre står för sin debutbok. Särskilt om det är en egenutgiven sådan.

Men så är det inte med mig. Jag står ännu för mitt debutverk, ord för ord...!

Jag tycker till och med att det bara blir bättre med åren.

Men det är väl bara jag. Ladda ner boken och se efter själv.

"Eld och rörelse" åter tillgänglig
Mer om boken
Motpol recenserar
Min privata Operation Barbarossa
Reportage: kyrkogården
Edith Södergran: krigiskt sinnelag

tisdag 4 februari 2020

A Dream

I sometimes dream at night...

A dream. I am visiting my brother Robert in Uppsala. It’s a kind of dorm house, many people sharing it. They point down a meadow or lawn, go there they say, the door over there goes to Rob’s room. So I go down this slope, greensward in the sun and a door ahead, nice to meet your brother...

The next scene I’m in the room and there’s a complete change of atmosphere. The room is empty, it isn’t even a room, just an empty space of scaffolding. Dark, stormy skies all around. It all says “empty, nobody home” like nothing on earth. Bringing this message home: “Your brother is dead, you can’t visit him anymore. You can’t go to Uppsala and see him.”

My Portrait of Rob
Timeline Secret History
Heinlein and SF
The dreamy pic illustrating this is of course painted by Rob... and more of his fantasy art can be found in this post.

söndag 12 januari 2020

An interview with Jack Steelnack, Part II

I recently published an interview with "Jack Steelnack, the Steeler". Now for Part II of this talk with a New Age superman.

Q: Who are you anyway...?

A: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. I am the Chakravartin: the ruler of the chakras, the seven rotating energy centers of the body. I am the reborn spirit previously expressed in Plotinus, Bach, Wagner. I am conscious intent, pure intent. I am the unstoppable fire. I am devoted, faithful, zealous – sworn, old faithful – true blue, true to the end. I’m divine, angelic, spiritual, eternal, heavenly, holy – transcendent, anointed, consecrated, hallowed – exalted, sanctified, beatific, blissful, glorious – godly, omniscient, sacramental, sacrosanct, transmundane. I’m the embodiment of elation, euphoria, happiness, joy, rapture – of beatitude, blessedness, delight, ebullience – enchantment, enthusiasm, exultation – fervor, frenzy, inspiration – joyfulness, paradise, ravishment, trance, transport, seventh heaven. I’m esoteric, arcane, mystical, mystic – hermetic, hidden, inner, occult – profound, secret, sibylline. I’m the eternal golden braid of perennialism, incarnated in the 21st century. I’m here to smite evil-doers, dolts and blockheads and to strengthen the forces of light. I’m here to battle materialism and ideas of this and that, like man’s descent from apes; for, man stems from gods, not apes. At least men of my type, the Aryan type. I’m here to imbue the Western world with fanaticism and devotion. I’m here to shape up the West, put it on the road to glory, zealotry, enthusiasm – yea, verily, even to frenzy and monomania. I will make the whole Faustian world into one concentrated ray of will-thought, like a holy flame, a glorified laser beam. The whole culture will be the crucible of a spiritual alchemy mixing fire and movement, will and thought. Thus we will create the First Human Civilization, dedicated to art, science and spirituality. One of our first projects will be to terraform and colonize Mars.

Q: I see. However, there’s one thing I wonder: you speak about Will-Thought, you speak about willpower and vision – but – other gurus have spoken about this.

A: Name one.

Q: OK, I can't expressly do that. But -- others before you have spoken about Faustian grandeur, the victory of the Light etc. Like Goethe and Jünger.

A: Yes they did. And I adore those two. I base some of my thought on their thought. That’s what traditionalism is all about. That’s the gist of Perennial Thought: you adhere to an undying, eternal line of thinkers having all seen the Eternal Light. Like Plato, Plotinus, Goethe, Jünger. It’s an eternal golden braid, an eternal golden cord being weaved forever and ever.

Q. I see.

A: Good. For the other way around, a creed that would be totally original, would be incomprehensible. Whatever thought you adhere to you have to relate it to thinkers gone before you. I mean, we of the Faustian mindset tend to be prophetic, we tend to be the proclaimers of something original. That’s part of the style, the spear-driven approach of Faustian man, ever since his appearance in the 15th century earthly culture. But as for me, as a Perennialist, I also admit that I stand on the shoulders of giants. It’s just my particular mix of metaphysics, morals and politics that is unique. It’s an amalgam of the important strains of human thought, sorely needed right now to drag the West out of the quagmire it’s in.

Q: A unique mix from a unique man. You’re angelic, you’re divine; that, you said earlier in the interview. This prompts the question: are you god?

A: In a way. An old way of meditating has the mantra, ‘I am god’ in order to unify your consciousness with the all-consciousness. In this respect I am god and so are all the other spiritually conscious white me. I’m a superman, a divine being, at the same time acknowledging the Absolute, ‘the top God,’ the Creator. However, God is a merger of Will and Thought striving for the light and so is man; therefore, man is divine, he ‘is’ god. Such a man-god might not be able to create out of thin air – like God – but he can do a lot, a lot more than a dejected materialist man, a virtual ape-man, an Untermensch... a mere Elementarwesen, drugged by food, drink and sex and unable to control the storm of thoughts and emotions besetting him.

Q: Is that so...?

A: Indeed. A conscious, perennially anchored Steeler is a god because of (1) having an eternal soul (2) having specific bodily proportions, being created in god’s image; he is this, he wilfully acknowledges this. To be a god in physicality, a physical angel. ‘A man is a mortal god, a god is an immortal man.’ This is the Leitmotif of our age, of the New Age, of the age I’m ushering in – for I’m the man, I’m divinely led... I am Pure Divine, Crystal Clear, Cosmic Consciousness. I’m having the divine approach in life, I’m enchanting everything, I’m seeing the invisible, seeing Beyond the Beyond, seeing beyond the conditioned. Fathoming the unfathomable. – Man is now becoming god. Man is ‘a god in being’. ‘God-realization’ is man’s most noble goal.

Q: Mmm, I see. You have an unusual theological anchoring.

A: Oh yes, I have. Like stressing the wisdom of the saying, ‘God Helps the One Who Helps Himself’: this is applicable both to persons and nations. In the latter case it means: God helps the nation that helps itself, that is willing to summon up its will to remedy its own situation. So this is the current Western condition, we have to help ourselves before we can aspire to hegemonic status. There’s no use complaining about the wrongs we have suffered; we must help ourselves! No one will help us taking that first step toward grandeur.

Q: So you are god leading the West to greatness...?

A: God with a lower case ‘g,’ yeah, that’s me. We’re walking on a golden road led by me. It was Destiny that brought me here. I will reshape the world in my image. I’m the sun and the stars, the earth and the wind, the fire and the air, and the emptiness encapsulating them all, the shûnyatâ... I am the Aesir gods, the Olympian gods, the Celtic gods... just look at the heavens, and I’m there. Listen to the wind whispering in the woods; I’m there, I’m in it; I am that ever-present immanence. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. I am the one who was, who is and who is to come; I am that I am, from everlasting to everlasting. I am wholeness and holiness, health and healing, life and love and joy forever.

Q: I hear you.

A: I’m the hero of the new age; a myth, not a man; energy, not matter. I am total man, absolute man, responsible man, vîra, Sonnenmensch. An avatar, an expression of the Aryan collective unconscious – the personification of man, the glorious embodiment of mankind, the incorporation of an eternal archetype. A space-age spiritual superman. A numen, a power, a living god. Faustian Messiah and Palearctic Preacher, the last court of appeal of metaphysics, now and forever. A chosen one. An alchemically changed man, having gone from nothing to something, from lead to gold by wanting it, transfiguring himself with willpower and vision.

Q: Interesting. We will now move to more tangible subjects. So I say: what’s your societal ideal? How will a Steeler society look like?

A: I’m the inaugurator of a holistic society – a traditionally footed society having initiation and division of labor; not like a materialistic society, like the current one, having class struggle as a lodestar. Initiation means to be led by masters, magicians and psychics in contact with extraterrestrial and cosmic forces. We’re creating a new man, we’re helping him to be realized: Homo Noeticus, the spiritual, holistic man of the future, a man possessing paranormal abilities. Magician Man, Total Man. -- We're spiritualism fighting materialism. And I guess the final battle is soon about to be fought.

Q: How will the war be fought then?

A: With intuition. With instinct, clairvoyance, divination; with ESP, feeling, foreknowledge, inspiration, premonition. With presentiment, innate knowledge, second sight, sixth sense. It will be fought with divine madness and possession; with inebriation and inspiration. It will be a spirit war, a magic war. The essence of the war will be psychic – for this, the coming war, is but an aspect of the ever ongoing frequency war we’re already in.

Q: They call you arrogant.

A: That I am. I’m unleashing a storm of energy, arrogance, self-pride, ardor, zest and vigor over the lands.

Q: Who are you, actually?

A: I am spirit, not matter... a shaman, not a clerk...

Q: You speak about tradition and the need for it – traditional patterns, traditional values et cetera. But isn’t change the defining character of the universe?

A: No. Things change, but according to eternal patterns. ‘Omnia mutantur, nihil interit’: everything changes, nothing perishes...

Q. What number can the universe be summed up in?

A. One. In line with the perennial strain of oneness, unanimity, wholeness, accord, concord – of harmony, identity, integrity, sameness, singularity – of uniformity, union, unity. In one word: Unus Mundus.

Q: What’s the ideal for 21st century man?

A: To be pious, saintly, devout, sanctimonious... to be devoted, reverent, sacred, priestly.

Q: On what grounds do you state that?

A: On the grounds of being the top Faustian preacher, revivalist and evangelist. The leading missionary, evangelizer, seer, auspex, augur, clairvoyant – the leading diviner, forecaster, magus, medium, oracle, predictor – the leading prophesier, reader, soothsayer... I see things in my dreams, I see them in my waking hours. I reveal; my word is divination, revelation, manifestation... I’m a perfected master, an accomplished soul, free from samsâra. I’m a Superman, a Man-God, Total-Man, Magician-Man. I’m in contact with Being, with Sein; I’m not just something something Seiendes. I see the eidos unmediated, direct, without the encumbrance of the material objects.

Q: Then you are god...!

A: I told you so... I’m spiritual, divine, sacred, devotional, holy – asomatous, nonphysical, rarefied, refined, supernal; I’m coming from on high, I’m ethereal, I’m celestial... I’m out of this world, having come to affect this world.

Q: OK.

A: So I say: believe in God: spera in deo. Have no fear, just believe. If you believe, anything is possible. – ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind, and your neighbor as thyself.’ – And, ‘Help yourself, then God will also help you; believe in yourself, then God will also believe in you.’ – Men who are created by God should live in accordance with the will of the Almighty. You can’t do anything unless your will and vision are in harmony with the nature of God.

Q: OK.

A: As the poet said: “I am the Holy Flame, burning all materialism to ashes..." I'm melting the glacier of nihilism...

Q: OK. Do you have any parting words for my readers?

A: I do... It’s about matters of the heart, which I haven’t mentioned yet. But I’d say, listen to your heart – the heart chakra is a stargate, a portal of compassion leading to astral realms. So stay in your heart. As they said in Metropolis: ‘the mediator between head and hand must be heart’...

Part I of the Interview
Target: Mars
Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait (2014)
We've Seen the Same Horizon (2019)
Painting by Robert Svensson

tisdag 7 januari 2020

An Interview with Jack Steelnack, aka. "the Steeler," aka. "superman in a sidecap"

We all know Jack Steelnack: "The Steeler," "superman in a sidecap"... that's how we know him, that's some of the nicknames he goes by. And we've all seen him drive around town in his red limo, and we've all seen him standning in his red mansion looking out over the urban vistas; see the pic above...! That's him alright. So, we know him that much. But -- for a deeper probing of him and his worldview, hereby an interview with this living legend. -- Part Two of the interview is here.

We've had the honor of interviewing Jack Steelnack, superman of the new age and an upcoming politician with his Steely ideology. The text will be reproduced below in Q/A form; needless to say, "Q" means our question, "A" means Mr. Steelnack's answer.

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Q: We'll start at the beginning, at the Source... so, what’s your opinion of God?

A: I’ve always believed in God. From my very youth. From when I was very young, as a kid strolling in the wilds of the outback, as "Outback Jack," God was in the skies, the rivers, the whispering of the wind in the trees... I live with God, he’s always there. I can’t understand how atheists function. I mean, you can’t get around the concept of God. To deny him on this or that formal ground is nonsense. God is a holistic phenomenon. Feel it... live it...

Q: So, you believe in a ‘divine being’?

A: I believe something like that, yeah. Divine grace, divine presence... atheists just don’t get the fullness of the divine worldview.

Q: Divine and godly... but in politics, shouldn’t the focus be on rational programs, analysis and a scientific approach to problems?

A: It goes hand in hand. I mean, we Steelers use rational problem solving and analysis. But in the final instant the decision has to be divinely led. He who doesn’t carry divine seeds within him will never give birth to a new world.

Q: So faith in God is a centerpiece of Steelism?

A: It is. I here think of the wise man saying, ‘When religion and politics travel in the same cart, nothing can stand in their way.’

Q: So, is Steelism a religion?

A: Call it what you will. It incorporates many strands that have been labeled as religion. Ultraism is about faith and devotion. It’s about dedication, charisma, zest and pizzazz.

Q: Do you believe in fate?

A: I must since I'm the fate of the world... I’m an instrument of providence. And I have a mission to fulfill.

Q: They call you a kind of shaman, a magician... what’s your comment on that?

A: I’ve been called many things in my life. Magician is one of the more polite labels stuck on me...

Q: Indeed?

A: Verily. Spiritualist, hypnotist, astrologer, exorcist of the invisible, soothsayer, alchemist... I won’t protest at being called these things.

Q: There is much whispering about the coming of a Savior, a Faustian Kingdom to come... are you that savior?

A: Something new is needed in the miasma of materialism we’ve been living in for so long. Faith, devotion, spirit-over-matter... the youth understands it. The old generation, for its part, is comfortable in its materialist indulgence. It has become comfortably numb, as the poet said...

Q: The youth, you just mentioned the youth. What’s your basic message to the youth of the Western world?

A: Believe, fight, shine.

Q: Can you explain the Steelist philosophy in one sentence?

A: I don’t explain, I reveal.

Q: OK then... can you reveal it in one sentence?

A: Well OK... that would be like: I am. Nothing unreal exists. Willpower and vision is the answer to everything. Be either hot or cold. Shine like the sun, burn like fire. Burn, holy flame...! Conversely, to always seek the golden mean and trying to be neutral leads nowhere.

Q: Thank you –

A: ... I wasn’t finished! Steelism is dedication, rapture, reverie, daze. It’s ecstasy, transfixion, transmutation – and zest, vigor, ardor, fire-and-movement, the sky’s no limit. It’s about light and joy. It’s about overcoming the forces of defeatism, death and sterility. And after all the fighting is done, after materialism is defeated, when sterility and senility is gone from the face of the earth, I have the following vision: that we’re all sitting in a lush garden, surrounded by life and light, being at peace with creation. The whole of the Western world will be a garden – a Victory Garden, if you will.

Q: In your speeches there’s a lot of talk about Will-Thought. Can you elaborate on that?

A: Will-Thought is will and thought united. It’s the strongest force in the universe. With will-thought we can change matter, we can ‘create’. Will-thought is the marriage between will and reason. Other thinkers tend to stress the one or the other, will or intellect. I fuse them. And so I’m the long sought-after synthesis of these thinkers.

Q: What’s your take on alchemy?

A: It’s part of my creed. As a metaphor. Like, reality is about the evolution of consciousness in the alchemy of time... we all live in the alchemy of consciousness through time. – It’s like the idea that life and thought are inseparable; thought must be subsumed under the experience of life. This would mean that life, to live, to try and try again, is paramount. To develop as a person you need to be ‘alchemically transmuted’. You must integrate life and thought. You can’t just sit and read books and think that this alone will make you wise. – And as I just said, with will-thought we can change matter. And that’s transmutation, that’s alchemy.

Q: Are you an angel?

A: Indeed – I’m an angel, a cherub, a spirit, a seraph – a celestial being, divine messenger, heavenly being: all these labels pertain to me in some way. Holy being, spiritual being, supernatural being; that’s me. My soul trembles of divine desires...! I’m celestial, ethereal, heavenly, holy, otherworldly, radiant – yea, verily; I’m saintly, virtuous, adorable, archangelic, beatific, beneficent – cherubic, devout, divine, entrancing, godly – humble, innocent, pure, rapturous, righteous, self-sacrificing, seraphic...

Q: The Steely creed speaks a lot about war. Are you starting a war?

A: We are already at war. We of the Light fight against the dark since time immemorial. It’s an immaterial war, not a tangible one. It’s frequency war, psychic war, spirit war, holy war, propaganda war, media war, info war, energy war, silent war, infra war, virtual war, spectral war...

Q: In the figurative sense, which is the worst enemy of mankind?

A: Atheism. I’d say that people become atheists because of a lack of intuition, their brains suffering from a kind of ‘crossed paralysis,’ being cut off from the invisible aspect of reality, lacking the ability to sound out their inner depths.

[And that closes the talk. Maybe we'll hear more about this Jack Steelnack figure later, maybe not. We'll see.]

Part Two of the Interview
Astral War
Johnnie Holt -- First on Mars (short story)
Actionism -- the Next Big Thing

måndag 9 december 2019

Timeline: Secret History of Man

What of the history of Man, the history you don't hear at school or in MSM...? Well, hereby a suggestion for a secret history outline. It's given in the form of timeline.

6 Million Years Ago: Mankind created in the Lyra constellation of the Vega system. Mankind then evolves in the Pleiades (qv. Sheldan Nidle).

900,000 BCE: Settling of a human colony on Earth on Lemuria (qv. Nidle, Blavatsky).

500,000 BCE: Lemurians founding Atlantis (qv. Nidle).

450,000 BCE: Annunaki arrive in the Middle East, according to Sitchin. About 300,000 BCE they create a variety of man.

100,000 BCE: Hyperborea, symbol of the Golden Age, thriving. Annunaki getting friendly with earthly women (qv. Genesis 6:1-2).

50,000 BCE: Lemuria has its heyday. Atlantis evolves. Hyperborea submerged (qv. the Eddas on the submerging of Midgard).

50,000 BCE: Atlantis. Thriving of this culture as intimated by Cayce, Melchizedek, Plato. Age of Patriarchs in Bible probably set on Atlantis (= antediluvian man, long-lived according to his spiritual advancement).

30,000 BCE: last remains of Lemuria sinking beneath the waves.

10,000 BCE: the Deluge. Atlantis submerged; refugees escaping in diverse vessels, overlaying existing cultures in America, Europe, Egypt, the Middle East and India.

7893-5733 BCE: "Ancient Indian epoch" (Steiner).

5733-2970 BCE: "Ancient Persian epoch" (Steiner).

2970-747 BCE: "Egypto-Chaldeic Epoch" (Steiner), the thriving of this culture even acknowledged by exoteric history, in the form of "Dynastic Egypt".

After this we have the progress of recorded history in Greece and Rome, Europe, the (re)discovery of the New World etc., up to the present.

Cayce, Edgar: Edgar Cayce on Atlantis. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1988
Melchizedek, Drunvalo: The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life. Vol 1. Sine loco, 1998
Nidle, Sheldan: Your First Contact. Blue Lodge Press, 2000
Sitchin, Zecharia: The 12th Planet. New York: Stein and Day, 1976
-. Genesis Revisited. New York: Avon Books, 1990
Steiner, Rudolf: An Outline of Esoteric Science, 1910 (German original, Die Geheimwissenschaft im Umriss, 1910)
Wilgus, Neil: The Illuminoids. London: New English Library, 1980

The Secret History of Our Current Age
Propaganda War as Total War
[In Swedish:] Jordkrönikan, del 3: Aspekter på den äldsta jordhistorien
[In Swedish:] Jordkrönikan, del 4: Egypten
[In Swedish:] Jordkrönikan, del 5: Gudarnas återkomst
Painting by Robert Svensson

fredag 22 november 2019

Tolvårsjubileum för bloggen idag

Denna blogg startades för idag exakt tolv år sedan.

Det råkar vara så -- att denna blogg -- startades 22 november 2007.

Och idag är det 22 november 2019.

Med andra ord är det idag tolvårssjubileum för bloggen.

Så trevligt...

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Bloggen har gått genom eld och vatten under dessa tolv år. Men essensen förblir: texter som jag LS känner för att publicera.

Allt genomsippras av stilen som är jag.

Så detta är något av en egotripp.

Men det är inte bara att dra åstad och köra när man skriver inlägg.

Bloggen kräver en viss inlevelse av en viss typ. Den har sina egna villkor, sin egen form.

Dvs., till vardags är jag skribent i tidningar etc.

Men bloggen får i kontrast till det inte bara bli lek och avkoppling.

Man kan säga: "inget är gratis". Vill man ha en blogg med atmosfär att tala om, en blogg med inlägg som attraherar läsare, måste man lägga ner lite möda.

En bokrecension som citerar och granskar sitt objekt; ett resereportage; en epokgörande novell. -- Texter som dessa kräver en del ansträngning av dig som skribent. Men det betalar sig vad gäller bloggens renommé. Det är texter som går att promota långt efter det de publicerats.

Bloggens hela väsen, dess under åren uppbyggda stilvärld och atmosfär, förpliktar. Man måste som skribent matcha plattformen och nå upp till den stil som Galaxen kräver.

Men det får inte bli för hårda krav. Det måste finnas lättillgängliga inlägg jämte de tyngre posterna. Annars kan det bli trögläst.

Jag vill hävda att jag under åren lyckats balansera mixen i denna blogg rätt väl. Korta (men i sig välmotiverade) inlägg har varvats med längre och mer genomarbetade. Och ämnesområdena skiftar från sf och annan litteratur över historia och esoterism till nationalism och porträtt.

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Härmed några nedslag i bloggens arkiv av inlägg. Slumpvist valt, mer eller mindre:
. 2017: mina minnen av tiden som sf-fan på 80- och 90-talen.
. 2013: en titt på läget i utgivningen av svenska vecko- och månadstidningar.
. 2011: recension av Hassels Döden på larvfötter.
. 2010: en reflektion över att hantverk inte ska bedrivas för perfekt, perfektionismen får inte härska oinskränkt.
. 2010: en skiss över rockgruppen Judas Priest.
. 2009: en hyllning till bilföretaget Koenigsegg.
. 2008: en titt på Bertil Mårtenssons sf-kritik.
. 2008: en samling stories om typer i vårt avlånga land.
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Jag har ett gott öga till traditionella aspekter på Sverige. Nationalism helt enkelt. Härmed lite av den varan på bloggen.

Vi börjar med "Reflektioner på nationaldagen 2017". Det handlar bland annat om varför Gustav Vasa är så viktig för oss, än idag.

Och här har vi en recension av Per Engdahls Fribytare i folkhemmet. Nationalisten Engdahl (1909-1994) hade sina poänger när det gällde en alternativ, traditionellt förankrad syn på detta land (låt vara att jag inte är 100%-ig anhängare av allt han ansåg).

Här är ett referat av en recension som förekom i Nya Tider i våras. Det gällde min bok Ett rike utan like. Och recensenten tycks ha gillat den.

Och härmed en följetong, en politisk thriller. Den handlar om Melina Starr, agent i befrielsen av Sverige.

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Härmed några fler länkar till bloggens förflutna. Först fyra inlägg om mina böcker:

. Science fiction från höger.
. "Actionism" -- presentation på svenska.
. "Eld och rörelse" åter tillgänglig.
. [på engelska:] "Redeeming Lucifer".

Härmed fyra texter om svensk kulturhistoria:

. Reportage: kyrkogården här i stan.
. Edith Södergran: krigiskt sinnelag.
. Bertil Malmberg hedras i Härnösand.
. Boye: Kallocain (1940).

Slutligen dessa fyra inlägg om diverse, speciellt utvalda av mig eftersom de representerar bloggen ganska bra:

. Det blir inte storkrig: debattinlägg från 2013, ännu aktuellt i den krigsnoja som tycks råda...
. Äreminne över Starship Troopers, en radikalhögerbibel för vår tid.
. Esoterisk krönika kring det gamla Egypten.
. Ett reportage från när jag besökte Leningrad 1987.

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Mer finns att länka till på denna blogg. Men då fick jag hålla på länge.

Jag nöjer mig därför med det ovan sagda. Och hälsar er välkomna att följa bloggen även i fortsättningen.

Lindbohm: Frostens barn (1980)
Ett rike utan like
Redeeming Lucifer
Bild: Robert Svensson

söndag 17 november 2019

Botho Strauss: "Vi måste återupprätta Eros och Soldaten"...

Botho Strauss (1944-) är en tysk författare.

Det var i början av 90-talet. I Tyskland fanns det en författare vid namn Botho Strauss. Han var relativt uppburen inom facket "finkulturell, kvasireligiös författartyp". Dvs. typen som kommer ut på finförlag och recenseras i systemmedia. I bagaget hade han titlar som Tillägnan och Buller, sparsmakad men innebördsrik efterkrigsprosa av gråväderstyp.

Men så, i nådens år 1993, blev han mer än bara en erkänd författare. Han blev kontroversiell. För i och med stridsskriften Anschwellender Bockgesang tog det hus i helvete. Han sa bland annat att dagens kulturliv var urvattnat och nihilistiskt, inriktat på materialism och banalitet. Det behövde en injektion av allvar, av uppriktighet, av traditionalism.

Gott så. Men att säga det var inte lätt. Ty för vänsterismen i den tidens tyska kulturliv var detta lika med hädelse.

Så Strauss blev sedd som en paria. Men han fortsatte att ge ut en eller annan bok på finförlag. Såsom Kopistens misstag (2000), en rapportbok från hans vardag på forna östtyska landsbygden, med fortsatt kritik av Tyskland moraliska och kulturella elände.

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I sin debattskrift från 1993 sa Strauss bland annat: "Vi måste återupprätta Eros och Soldaten". I denna riktning åberopades bland annat Ernst Jüngers skrifter om striden som mental höjare och möjligen katharsis.

Och i all blygsamhet har jag själv lyft Eros och Soldaten i mina skrifter.

Eros har fått sitt i alla mina romaner, kanske mest i Antropolis, Till Smaragdeburg och Redeeming Lucifer.

Och Soldatens filosofiska innebörd ligger till grund för både Eld och rörelse och Burning Magnesium. Och den speglas en del i biografin över Ernst Jünger.

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Det finns förvisso andra skönlitterära krigsförfattare i det här landet. Jag kommer bland annat att tänka på Staffan H. Westerbergs Fågelbröstet (1995). Den skildrar en svensk som går med i Airborne Rangers och sätts in på Grenada 1983. Det är OK skildrat men något i sak nytt har han inte att komma med. Det där filosofiska djupet finns inte. Men visst, boken levererar i stort sett litterärt.

Fler svenska fictiontexter om krig kommer jag inte på. Olov Jonasons Parabellum (1947) är nog bra i sin art, i genren "stilmedveten kortprosa". Det är svensk beredskap 1939-1945. Men det är ingen soldatisk zenbuddhism vi får.

För rena krigsmemoarer, nämnvärd svensk sakprosa, har vi såklart en sådan bok som När Finlands sak var min av Orvar Nilsson (2002). Skildringen av de hårda striderna i Finland 1944 är "över medel".

Vi har även Det röda massanfallet (1951) av Gösta Borg. Borg spränger ställvis gränserna för sakprosa och ger oss östfronten i impressionistiska bilder.

Soldaten är i detta verk återupprättad, vill jag mena.

Jonason: Parabellum
Burning Magnesium recenserad på Motpol
Det röda massanfallet
Min bok om Ernst Jünger
[På engelska:] Redeeming Lucifer
[På engelska:] War as Being

tisdag 12 november 2019

Fire: Some Informal Remarks

"Fire, I'll take you to burn / fire, I'll take you to learn..."

Fire yoga... to be willfully consumed by the fire from within.

This is about burning up, leaving no trace. Like the seers of the magic ring Castaneda belonged to.

These Amerindian seers could choose the moment and the way of departure from this world. How? -- By being “consumed by a fire from within”. They mysteriously vanished from the face of the earth in this way (Castaneda, The Fire from Within, 1984, p 13).

With willpower-and-vision they evoked the interior flame, burning their bodies to ashes, freeing the soul.

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The old Hindu hero Dhritarashtra also perishes in this way, by internal fire. This we read in Bhagavata Purana, 1.13.

As a meditating recluse this king has gone through all the stages of dhyana yoga. Primarily, this means withdrawing your senses from the world. It also means meditating on the nature of God, fusing your soul spark with the eternal light.

Finally, the king burns his body to ashes by a willfully evoked magic fire – from within.

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Merge with the sacred fire! Meditate on the hidden flame in the heart!

Akin to this might be the Buddhist method of kasina tejo. Kasina means method, tejo means fire.

According to a friend this is about concentrating all one’s thought on the concept of fire. Then, a fire should arise in the body which literally could consume you.

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In other words, I guess you could say: I am the fire from within, / burning up this mortal coil... / I am the eternal golden flame, / burning all materialism to ashes – / consuming everything, leaving nothing behind, / blown away, outta sight, in one stroke... / Matter is energy, E=MC2.

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My nature is fire. Details aside, I'm kinda flaming, shiny, ardent.

Like: my debut in 2007 was entitled Eld och rörelse, meaning Fire and Movement [link to Swedish post].

Then it was Burning Magnesium (2018).

And this year, 2019, I published the poem I Am the Holy Flame (in We've Seen the Same Horizon, the Red Salon anthology of 2019):
I am the Holy Flame,
I am the Holy Fire...

I am the flash in the firepan,
fire and movement preaching man.

Burning all materialism to ashes.

I will burn it to ashes, then burn the ashes.
Fire is my favorite element.

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One of the first pop songs I remember hearing is Fire with Arthur Brown (1968):
Fire, I'll take you to burn
Fire, I'll take you to learn
I'll see you burn

You fought hard and you saved and earned
But all of it's going to burn...
This haunting song made an impression on the young me.

Or, you could say: I was already aflame. The song spoke to my latent, fiery nature. It confirmed my fiery being.

Castaneda: Words and Concepts
Burning Magnesium
We've Seen the Same Horizon
In Swedish: Eld och rörelse
Painting: Robert Svensson

söndag 3 november 2019

Intervju med mig i Nya Tider

In Swedish. -- Det finns nu en intervju. Med mig. I Nya Tider. Ämnet är Ett rike utan like. Dvs. historien om Sverige som de etniska svenskarnas land. En bok med detta upplägg är som alla förstår helt unik i dagens kulturklimat. Du finner intervjun här.

Jag minns det som igår. Tidigt 2010-tal. Svenskfientligheten grasserade. Antivita krafter härjade.

Det var dags att göra något. Säga stopp! Säga att vi svenskar existerar och har rätt till detta land.

Jag satte mig därför ner och skrev. En historia. Och inte vilken historia som helst. Nej, en SVENSK historia skulle det bli.

Med tiden var manuset klart. Och 2017 gavs boken ut av Logik.

Mer om min bok, vad den betyder och varför du som pro-aktiv svensk bör läsa den, kan du inhämta i en intervju i Nya Tider.

Ett smakprov ur intervjun:
Svensson säger att han som författare vill försöka ge liv åt historien:

– Jag vill ju att det ska vara inspirerande att läsa. Jag har ena foten i akademiska världen. All historia vilar ju i mångt och mycket på torra saker och rapporter, men man ska inte göra det för långt. Jag har skrivit från mitt hjärta. Vad är det som får mig att bli inspirerad av Sveriges historia? Det är krigshistoria, kungar, inspirerande personligheter inom litteratur och konst... Jag har gjort ett egensinnigt urval. Jag tycker att det är en bok som står sig läsmässigt. Läsvänligheten får avgöra ibland vad man fokuserar på och inte, vad man tar med och vad man utelämnar.
Du finner intervjun här.

NyT:s intervju med mig
Mer om boken
Edith Södergrans sinnelag
Gedin: Verner von Heidenstam -- ett liv (2006)

fredag 18 oktober 2019

Snart är det tolvårsjubileum

Denna blogg har varit igång ett tag.

Denna blogg startades i november 2007. 22/11 var det exakta startdatumet.

Och än är det bara oktober.

Än är det lite tid kvar till bloggens årsdag. Till vad som nu blir TOLVÅRSJUBILEET.

Men i väntan på det kan jag ge er detta inlägg. Med diverse smakprov ur bloggens innehåll.

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Denna blogg har allt. Litteratur, polemik, reportage mm.

Till polemiken hör sådant som detta debattinlägg om en svensk kulturikon, Åsa Linderborg och hennes vurm för Lenin. Det handlar om hur hon ansåg att "Lenin öppnade för en ny kultur."

Själv tar jag ställning mot vänsterism, för en progressiv nationalism. Det visas till exempel i mitt årliga nationaldagstal. Länken går såklart till 2019 års tal.

Jag är också runt och bevistar event i landet. Som denna historiekväll på Svenskarnas hus i år.

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Jag far runt och gör saker. Jag åker Botniabanan. Jag går på sf-kongress. Jag bevistar kyrkor.

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Jag recenserar även böcker. Här är till exempel mina lästips för antiken.

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Det finns bortåt tusen inlägg på bloggen. Så ni har lite att browsa runt i. Mycket nöje.

Och, som sagt, 22/11 är det tolvårsjubileum... mer rotande i bloggens förflutna blir det då.

Min bok om science fiction: presentation på svenska
Min fantasyroman Redeeming Lucifer
Länkar till noveller här på bloggen
Tolkiens verk
Lovecraft-böcker på svenska
Tidslinje: konservativ fantastik
Illustration Robert Svensson

tisdag 8 oktober 2019

Good Reads, September 2019

Hereby some short and fast reading tips. This time, we give you "four fantasies" followed by "three realities". A similar post is this one.

C. S. Lewis. The Silver Chair (1953). -- One of the best Narnia books. Superficially it's a bit flimsy and lightweight; yet, seen as a whole, it's rather well-crafted and well-paced. A comparatively serious fantasy in popular, easy-read style. -- The plot is about a quest by two kids, heading for the north of the Narnian world, a quest accompanied by a "marsh-wiggle". They meet giants, they come to a mysterious city of ruins. And they go underground. And they finally meet the man chained to "the Silver Chair"... a very telling denoument of an elegant, witty novel.

Ursula Le Guin. The Tombs of Atuan (1970). -- I had low hopes for this one; however, it was as good as its predecessor, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968). Atuan has a female hero, a priestess ruling over a certain system of caves. A lot of the action is about lurking in these caves, which "drama-wise" might sound odd but it's actually rather exciting. Le Guin has a gift for the fantastic, even for things religious; that is, this isn't exactly an apology for being a trad-style priestess, rather the contrary, but the religious life as such is well depicted.

Roger Zelazny. Nine Princes in Amber (1970). -- A "tough guy" fantasy -- or, an outing into "active nihilism," so to speak. People in fancy renaissance garb battle for power in Amber, a higher realm, the only "real" realm; our world (and other, parallel worlds) are mere shadows of it. This ontological strain gives the book its edge. You might tire of the nihilism and cynicism but the whole of it is rather alluring. -- Zelazny reads like an American Moorcock; and, beyond that, the Yank is overall rather more energetic than the often dejected Brit.

Roger Zelazny. Lord of Light (1967). -- This is an oddity: settlers from Earth create a high-tech civlization on a remote planet, a world where they can style themselves as Hindu gods. How? With the aid of machines of course... So there is no holism, no will, no astral reality in this concept; instead, it's based on the operation of serially working machines. -- To the traditional mind this sounds like an abomination. Why read of plastic gods when you can have "the real thing" in Purânas and Mahabhârata? However, from a literary point of view the story unfolds rather well. It comes to occupy a grey-area of myth and SF, a mix of the archaic and the modern. The mere stylish ability of Zelazny paints an alluring, magical world. So this is a kind of religious fantasy, having the SF basis as a mere, outer framework. -- To depict gods in latter-day fiction is hard. Wagner kind of succeeded in his Nibelungen opera, even though there was always the risk of dragging the figures down into "everydayness". Zelazny runs the same risk here but he kind of pulls it of -- at times. An odd novel, there aren't many like it.

Correlli Barnett (ed). Hitler's Generals (1989). -- Not exactly original but it was OK. It's a "polygraphy" = a collection of bios, written by several authors. On 550 pages we get to hear about cirka 20 German WWII generals. And there is some repetition and some divulging of not so sensational facts. However, some things were new even to me and I liked to read about these guys: Ludwig Beck, Franz Halder, Alfred Jodl, Walter von Reichenau, Erich von Manstein, Kurt Student.

Nick Carter. The Treason Game (1982). -- Of course the author isn't "Nick Carter". This is one of the modern Nick Carter novels, the "Killmaster" working for the fictitious US agency AXE. The author of the book is (according to this source) said to be one Joseph L. Gilmore. The book is rather unusual; it plays in the US (Washington DC; Utah; and not some in exotic outpost), and as the title intimates it's about treason. This time, Carter can't just operate and fulfill his task, no; due to infiltration of the US government Carter finds himself alone and double-crossed in his own land. But he keeps his honor clean, does some mopping up in the treacherous ranks and succeeds in saving the US in the end. Overall rather tight and comparatively credible. And, it's told in the first person; that's how Nick Carter novels should be. The third-person narrative just doesn't work so well in this series, giving a comparatively weaker and more pallid impression. -- In James Bond terms, this novel presents a philosophically interesting "license revoked" situation. Cf. the 1989 Bond film, "License to Kill," whose working title was "License Revoked". And I figure that, overall, a comparison with Bond is apt because Nick Carter was a viable American counterpart to James Bond. Carter was created with JB in mind (secret agent licensed to kill, the boss of the agency is a kind of father figure, some beautiful women are encountered during the operations, the Cold War is a constant reference etc.). Bond is British and Carter is American; Bond has his unique style, Cartes has his.

Cooper, Bryan (text) and Batchelor, John (illustrations). The Story of the Bomber 1914-1945 (1974). -- The prominent feature of this book is the illustrations. Except for a handful of photos every picture in this book is hand-drawn; profiles, perspective drawings, cut-away drawings, all done especially for this volume. In both black-and-white and color. This makes the book a good read in the realm of large format fact books. The text is also OK, telling the story of bomber aircraft from before WWI and up and until the end of WWII. The most interesting part was reading about the inter-war years, when in the 30's a great step toward modern aircraft construction was made by having all-metal monoplanes, symbolised by American designs like Lockheed Electra and Douglas DC-2. Before that the norm was (kind of) double-deckers of wood clad in doped fabric.

Good Reads, May 2019
The Faustian Era Goes Ever On

torsdag 26 september 2019

Book News: We've Seen the Same Horizon (2019)

A new poetry anthology is out. I'm in it. And so are many others. Because, as the title says, "We've Seen the Same Horizon"... A conceptual revolution is brewing in the West -- a transition from defeatism and materialism to willpower and vision.

The book is 151 pages in trade paperback. Buy it on Amazon.

The editor is Christina Finlayson Taylor.

In the foreword by Robert N. Taylor we read that the state of today's poetry is dismal: "In the academic world we have 'poets' being milled out from creative writing classes that presupposes that anyone can be a poet". Mediocrity, everyday babble, lines that doesn't sing and swing -- that's what the mainstay of Western poetry is today.

Also, it doesn't mean anything. It's a word game by tired dandies.

How different, then, with the current anthology...!

This is a clarion call for meaning and willpower, for seeking strength in your own cultural and ethnic heritage.

"We rise. And then we stand" as Juleigh Howard-Hobson says in "Per Aspera Ad Astra" [p. 12]. Truly unique words in today's poetry. Strong and arousing words.

My own poem "I Am the Holy Flame" tries to capture the same arousing feeling:
I am the Holy Flame,
I am the Holy Fire...

I am the flash in the firepan,
fire and movement preaching man.

Burning all materialism to ashes.

I will burn it to ashes, then burn the ashes.

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Arise, awake! The Northern heritage beckons you. As I say in "Palearctic Grandeur":
I awake at night in the peace of 62 degrees north.
The moon speaks in silvery runes about the
coming grandeur of the Nordic regions,
the Palearctic zone and beyond.

[p. 46]
And as for women, I say to them, "be a valkyria" -- for she might historically "be gone but her mindset lives on" [p. 126].

There is more. The book has some additional poems by me, and there are good ones by Siegfried Manteuffel (both in German and English, a fine gesture), Carolyn Emerick, Albie A. Gogel, Christina Finlayson Taylor, Jason O'Toole, David Yorkshire, etc.

In all, a very fine collection. I'd say: like the music of Bach, it's a unique mixture of strength and beauty.

Buy the book on Amazon.

Be Superman, It's Easy
Burning Magnesium