Sundry literary matters

Or Sannion better start saving up his pennies.

Edward P. Butler has released an important contribution to the world of Pagan thought with his Essays on a Polytheistic Philosophy of Religion

The book blurb reads:

These essays lay the groundwork for a practice of philosophical inquiry adequate to polytheistic or “Pagan” religious traditions, including in particular the non-reductive hermeneutics of myth and the theory of the polycentric divine manifold.

To which Edward adds:

This book contains the two articles I previously published in The Pomegranate, “The Theological Interpretation of Myth” and “Polycentric Polytheism and the Philosophy of Religion”, plus two never-before-published essays, “Neoplatonism and Polytheism” and “A Theological Exegesis of the Iliad, Book One”.

So, so, so excited about this release!

Two projects have also just been announced that sound really interesting.

Galina Krasskova will be spearheading a devotional anthology for Odin:

To that end, I’m requesting submissions of prayers, poems, black and white art work, rituals, meditations, articles (I’d love some meaty articles), recipes (incense, bath, food, etc.) and anything else that seems appropriate.

The book will be put out through Asphodel Press and contributors will receive a copy of the finished product in payment (please include a bio with your submissions).

Interested folks should contact me at tamyris at earthlink.net.
I’d like to have this finished by summer’s end, so the deadline while loose, is sooner rather than later!

thanks!

And Ruadhán McElroy is testing the waters to see if there is sufficient interest in a collection of his writings on Boeotian and urban polytheism:

How many people would be interested if I compiled every post I could from that series (obviously, I can’t put YouTube and copyrighted images I don’t own into a book), as well as some other posts related to the various deities in the series, into book form? There are plenty of advantages to having a book, and plus, I’d clean up the grammar, spelling, and style of a bunch of the articles and revise those I feel need it.

So, some questions:

1) Would you be interested in such a book?

2) What would interest you most? Essay-esque articles? Myths retold? My shit attempts at poetry, etc…? Potentially book-exclusive content? Re-prints of public domain Baroque and Neo-Classical paintings?

3) If you bought a copy and liked it, would you tell your friends about it (in your blog, FarceBorg, in-person, etc…)?

I’m asking now so that I know how to best gear the rest of the series and other posts I can include. If you have any other suggestions, please keep in mind the following: My urban spirituality posts will be included in the Boeotian Deities anthology at a bare minimum —I have plans to eventually compile those for another book project, which will be years down from now. This project, if it comes to fruition, I may be able to finish within two years, and so the urban pagan book will absolutely be after that. This one will be more along the lines of the BA deity-anthologies, only to a whole pantheon, and I’m the only writer (presumably, this makes sense to you).

Stop by and let him know what you think. Personally, I’d love to read such a collection myself, especially since there’s next to nothing on those subjects out there.

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7 thoughts on “Sundry literary matters

  1. Apollodorosh

    That first book seems really interesting :-)

    • I’ve got mad respect for Edward and have for ages. I have never met anyone as seriously dedicated to philosophy as he is.

  2. Thanks!

    Even though I pretty much cemented the decision to do the book last night, it’s still really helpful to have people bouncing ideas on additional content at me, simply because I’ve never done a non-fiction book before, so I’m not completely sure what people might be looking for in this sort of thing. I know as well as you do that what people submit to anthologies, what gets published, and what a reader might be looking for might conflict at times. As I said in a comment on my post, I’m not going to let readers of the blog dictate book content, but I think it would be helpful to take some input at this time.

  3. henadology

    Thank you so much for featuring my book, and as always for the amazing sense of community you seem to weave around you in everything you do. Sorry to make you save up the pennies—I’ll see if I can’t even it out somehow… I wish that I could simply offer this material for free, but the contributor’s agreement with the Pomegranate ties my hands: those articles can only appear in a “printed book”.

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