Welcome back to the Trenchant Edges, a newsletter occasionally about biting off more than I can chew.
Yesterday I hit an important personal milestone: Walking home from the laundromat, the better part of a mile up a bigass hill. With my mobility as restricted as it’s been, this is quite a big deal.
The downside is my back is acting up worse than usual and I’m not really up to sitting to write.
So, this is gonna be a real short email.
But there’s a bigger reason to hold off on the last Cultic Milieu essay: Finally got in touch with an expert on Theosophy and want to interview him before the essay comes out.
It’ll be worth the wait.
In the meantime here’s a teaser:
How this one quack Mesmerist from 1802 made Donald Trump President in 2016.
See you soon.
P.S. Here’s Friday’s essay on the show Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, itself a prelude to an eventual essay on how neonazi Louis Beam’s concept of leaderless resistance intersects with mass shooters and why SAC is one of the few pieces of fiction trying to address stochastic terrorism. That’ll probably also have to go into Mishima, the May 15th Incident, and maybe Aum Shinrikyo.