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New edition of Richard Kaczynski’s Perdurabo, reviews and site design

By Psyche | September 14, 2010 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | 2 Comments

First up: a revised and expanded version of Richard Kaczynski‘s Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley has been released by North Atlantic Books with more than a hundred pages of new material.

This new release is good news, especially as the previous edition published by New Falcon currently fetches upwards of 100$US.

Yes, Perdurabo came out in August. This post has actually been in draft mode for ten months, but somehow I managed to miss the actual release date. On the plus side, this means I have additional content to share, such as two podcasts and a lecture!

In episode 8 of the Thelemic podcast Speech in the Silence Richard Kaczynski gives two readings from the new material in Perdurabo.

In the most recent episode of Thelema Now from the OTO’s US Grand Lodge, Frater Puck interviews Kaczynski. They discuss the history of the book and its research, and talk about who Crowley was, offering new stories.

Additionally, Kaczynski will be presenting a lecture and book signing at the Sekhet-Maat Lodge in Portland on September 16th, 2010. Check out John Griogair Bell’s blog for more information about the event.

I missed this book when it first came out, and I’m looking forward to reading it now.

Reviews on our sister site

I’ve already mentioned the interview with John Crow published on, but recently a few new reviews have been published as well which I thought I’d highlight: turns 10 years old this October. It seems incredible, it’s evolved so much from its origins and now contains more than 550 pages of essays, reviews, interviews and rituals – and it’s still going! Larger plans for the site in the coming year will be announced next month.’s site design

Meanwhile, on October 31st turns 3!1

As hinted at on Facebook,2 this site will be receiving a makeover (it’s been just over a year since our last one), and the plan is to simplify the design – it seems a bit busy. Web design is like fashion, what’s hot changes so quickly, and needs a new suit.

Are there things you like about this design that you’d like to see remain, things which should be added or removed? I’ve only just begun tinkering with it in the back end, but I’d love your thoughts on it.


  1. I tend to launch sites on Samhain. It’s been a kind of tradition for almost every site I’ve ever launched. [back]
  2. Ok, I said it outright. [back]

Psyche is the editor of and the curator for the occult resource, Psyche also operates a tarot consultation business, Psyche Tarot. She has been published in The Cauldron, Konton, Tarot World Magazine, among other magazines, and her essay “Strategic Magick” appeared in Manifesting Prosperity (Megalithica, 2008).

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  1. Gordon says:

    I never thought of it as being busy before… But now that you mention it I can kinda see what you mean.

    I LOVE the early stages of site re-designs. Before the implementation when everything goes wrong and you have to make endless compromises because this widget won’t work with that column width and blah blah blah.

    Still… Exciting!

    Current score: 0
    • Psyche says:

      As I’m designing it myself from scratch, my biggest concern will be what to include and what not to bother with.

      Are tags useful anymore? Does anyone click on them? Should I expand the recent comments links? What bullets should I use? Get rid of the background tiles and go with a solid colour, or keep them? Keep the posts justified – which looks better, or not, which is supposed to be easier to read?

      I’ll have to decide about the rotating quotes as well. I like them, but if no-one reads them or cares, I might as well do away with them.

      Current score: 0