MAGIC WORDS, $1 or trade, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 10 pgs.

Mar 28, 2018

This small ten-page zine reads like someone’s senior thesis on the occult, magic, and how they relate to language. To be honest, even though it’s a small read, it was difficult for me to get through because of how dense and dry the text was. From what I can gather, the writer wants the reader to reexamine what “reality is” and how there is “no such thing,” just different ways in how we perceive it. They then go on to explain that reality is changed on a daily basis through language and communication, and that the origin of words is intertwined with magic. Then there are a lot of quotes and examples of language and the occult throughout history and ancient text; chaos versus order, how to break the “illusion of reality,” et cetera. Not sure if I should have read this after an acid trip, or maybe after reading a bunch of existentialist literature? Might have made more sense that way. –Tricia Ramos (Magic Words, PO Box 10894, Albany, NY 12201)