Issue Nine of non + x is up. The contents are:

  1. Gone with the Wind of Tarot: John Starr Cooke and the Esoteric Tradition in the West, by Camelia Elias
  2. The Truth of Anatman, by Tom Pepper
  3. How to Xplode X-buddhism, by Matthias Steingass
  4. Thinking as Spiritual Practice, by Patrick Jennings
  5. Žižek v. Buddhism: Who’s the Subject?, by Adrian J. Ivakhiv

non + x will serve two purposes. Our main goal for the e-journal remains to foster original and creative non-buddhist-oriented critical writing. We will also use it to consolidate some of the writing that is happening in various venues, both web-based and otherwise.

We know a lot of you out there are thinking creatively about the contours of a decimated Buddhism. We’ve heard many innovative ideas. Some of you have submitted essays. Many exciting and vital lines of exploration have been discussed in comments on ours blogs. We’d like to encourage you to throw the dice. Take a chance. Stand atop the Katahdin of your thought and, like Thoreau, make “Contact!, Contact! Contact!”–and tell us about it. Or take Deleuze’s advice and create something currently incomprehensible. Remember, anything from a well-argued essay to a dada poem or a wordless photograph counts. The crucial point is that it contributes to our goal of “wresting vital potentialities of humans from the artificial forms and static norms that subjugate them,” as Marjorie Gracieuse puts it. That “wresting” is the hard part. That’s the part you’ll have to think hard about. If you’re unsure what that goal entails, exactly, please ask. Remember, too, while we were originally animated by the project of wresting potentialities exclusively from x-buddhist materials, we’re now interested in any and all contemporary cultural forms.

I came across this call for submissions from a spanking new journal, called Hostis: A Journal of Incivility. I will say more about this journal, and its theme of cruelty, shortly. By way of injecting some wordblood into your deliberations on submitting to non + x, consider this:

We are looking for submissions that defend cruelty. In addition to scholarly essays, we are looking for any original work suited to the printed page: directions to dérivés or other lived projects, maps, printed code, how-to instructions, photo-essays, détournements, experimental writing, directions to word-games, illustrations, or mixed-media art. To remain consistent with the journal’s point of view, we seek material whose tone is abrasive, mood is cataclysmic, style should is gritty, and voice is impersonal. (Hostis)

A kindred spirit, indeed!

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