I’m incredibly thankful for this playlist (particularly the Bing!!!)
Losing my shit a little bc I am going to edit a piece by Clive Thompson. He’s been a hero of mine forever / never thought this would happen. EEEEK!!!
No intelligent person thinks that art should be seen exclusively through a binary gender lens or bracketed in a category of “women’s art.” So how does all this continue?
I mean, does it seem strange or maybe pointless that the “witches of Bushwick” write the “burden they had wanted to release on a slip of paper and placed it into the caldron, symbolically letting it fly into the night sky”? Sure, maybe. But it also might seem strange that people in Jerusalem write prayers on pieces of paper and stick them into a wall, and yet the Times probably won’t go out of its way to observe that practice as if it was a bizarre ritual that makes no sense to outsiders.
Kristin Iversen gets it right: Witches As the New Hipsters
Ann Friedman and I were talking about witch-adjacent things a few weeks ago: how we, as non-religious women, struggle to express spiritual matters in non-religious (especially non-Christian) ways. We seek a language that, to date, has only existed in “alternative” religious cultures, like astrology or the occult. And so many young people find themselves identifying with, and appropriating, pagan spiritual rites and words in order to talk about the metaphysical. (This summer in Maine, my group of friends rated everything, like the decor in our AirBnb house, from “so pagan” to “not really pagan.”)
It could also be said that this loss of (Christian, American) spiritual vocabulary and culture is what has driven the rise and proliferation of witchy/pagan music—like 80s goth and 00s witch house—and maybe even witchy/pagan mass culture, like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the teen vampire obsession, etc., all of which target a younger generation of non-Christian Americans.
(hitting peak shibe/doge today)