The Traveller in the Evening

Reflections on William Blake, radical theology, politics and surrealism

Iain Sinclair: Blake’s Mental Traveller and The Gold Machine, a Talk to the Blake Society

Iain Sinclair: Blake’s Mental Traveller and The Gold Machine, a Talk to the Blake Society

In Sept 2021, Iain Sinclair gave an improvised talk to the Blake Society about how Blake’s poem, The Mental Traveller, became the map and model for a lifetime of journeys and pilgrimage quests. The Mental Traveller was an awakening, to be experienced but not yet understood. The poem returned at various points in the years that followed, until it was acknowledged as the secret code for Sinclair’s most recent book, The Gold Machine, a late-life expedition to one of the sources of the Amazon, in the footsteps of his great-grandfather.

The Heptones: Mystery Babylon

The Heptones: Mystery Babylon

Thy purpose & the purpose of thy Priests & of thy Churches
Is to impress on men the fear of death; to teach
Trembling & fear, terror, constriction: abject selfishness.
Mine is to teach Men to despise death & to go on
In fearless majesty annihilating Self, laughing to scorn
Thy Laws & terrors

Andy Wilson: The Brilliant New Hercules

Andy Wilson: The Brilliant New Hercules

Two years after inventing relief etching, the printing method best suited to recording late 18th century revolutionary free improv visions, William Blake & his wife Catherine moved to 13 Hercules Buildings, Lambeth, London. For the next ten years at the Hercules, according to James Joyce, “Elemental beings and spirits of dead great men often came to the poet’s room at night to speak with him about art and the imagination.”

Andy Wilson: Faust: Stretch Out Time 1970-75

Andy Wilson: Faust: Stretch Out Time 1970-75

“There is no group more mythical than Faust” (Julian Cope) “When the Germans do something, they don’t fuck around” (Jean-Hervé Péron): A book about the band Faust, the legendary krautrock group. Fully illustrated, it contains reviews all of the group’s records from the period 1970-75 as well as recounting the rise of krautrock and its relation to the social upheavals of the ’60s.

Fun with the Modern Atheists

Fun with the Modern Atheists

Dialectical Materialist: Sam Harris is a racist. I’d have God over him, and I don’t believe in God. Religious Obscurantist: Not caring isn’t evil. The universe doesn’t care about you, and it isn’t evil either. In short, God resembles the universe more than he resembles a swimming pool attendant. It’s not rocket science.

Author: Andy Wilson

Author: Andy Wilson

Andy Wilson lived in Seaham Harbour, Peterlee, Hartlepool, Kings Lynn, Coventry, Torpoint, Eastleigh, Lee-on-Solent, Portland, Weymouth, Loughborough, York and Liverpool before putting down anchor in Hackney, London. On leaving King Henry VIII school in Coventry, he served as an Engineering Artificer in the Royal Navy, then studied at the Co-operative College, and York and Middlesex Universities. He has worked as a political full-timer, a lecturer in the Workers Educational Association, as a computer programmer, and finally as an engineering manager, CEO and a Director of a number of companies. With Ben Watson / Out to Lunch, he founded the Association of Musical Marxists (AMM). He has written books on the German group Faust, the Romanian Spectral composers Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram ('Cosmic Orgasm'), and on the Syrian Revolution ('Khiyana'). He also writes poetry and created a book of lo-fi psychedelic illustrations to Blake ('The Brilliant New Hercules'). Andy has been a trustee of The Blake Society, and his main interests lie with Blake, radical theology and politics, and Surrealism.
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