terça-feira, maio 12, 2009

crowley and pessoa... at the NYTIMES

Portugal Holds on to Words Few Can Grasp

Pessoa and Crowley struck up an odd-couple correspondence in 1930. Pessoa was the shy, probably celibate, at the time virtually unknown Portuguese poet who lived through a multitude of literary pseudonyms. Crowley was the larger-than-life spectacle whose recent biographer felt compelled to point out that his subject “did not — I repeat not — perform or advocate human sacrifice.” A fellow astrologer, Pessoa wrote initially to correct errors he spotted in Crowley’s calculations. Crowley responded, warmly, in letters to Pessoa that he signed “666.”

The New York Times

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