Friday, September 16, 2005

More Crazy Season

The Crazy Season: the weeks leading up to Hallowe'en when the news media rediscover Witchcraft.

Witchcraft and Magic: North America, edited by Helen Berger and mentioned here earlier, has arrived.

One contributor, the sociologist Tanice Foltz, writes on "The Commodification of Witchcraft" (a favorite academic topic, also addressed by other scholars, as here and here). To her credit, Foltz states, "I submit that Pagans' exchange of money for spirituality services such as Wiccan festivals, retreats, and educational programs does not portend a change in the main focus of the religion." Elsewhere in her introduction she speaks of the new media image of Witches as "attractive, youthful, strong, and independent females who openly use their magical powers to fight against evil for the common good."

Fully in the commodified Crazy Season spirit, then, we have Australian media-witch Fiona Horne, using her powers in Playboy, which has a long history of interest in sexy Witches, dating back to at least 1974 when they sent frequent contributor Mordecai Richler to cover one of Llewellyn Publications' "Gnosticon" gatherings.



Anonymous rhondda said...

Not to be too picky, but your link to Mordecai Richler has him still alive. Maybe he is somewhere, but offically, he died July 3 2001. Being a canadian, I remember this--- not the date persay, but the fact he died. Since we are such a dull people, when one of our lettered ones go, it tends to make headlines.
By the way, this is the first time, I have commented on your site which I visit fairly often for useful information. thanks.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...


You are right, and if you know a better site about Richler, let me know, and I will link to it. It just seemd odd to describe him as the "late Canadian novelist" in this instance, since I was talking about 1974.


7:34 AM  
Anonymous Rhondda said...

Wikipedia has an entry. Not to worry though, we can pretend the old "goat" is still alive. He was often quoted as he had alot to say about Quebec and English Canada.

1:22 PM  

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