Bloom

Possessed by Memory — In Praise of Harold Bloom

Possessed by Memory — In Praise of Harold Bloom

I pre-ordered Harold Bloom's latest book, Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism, months ago and had completely forgotten it was coming out today. Thanks to a quick email, I realized it was now waiting for me on my Kindle bookshelf. I can't overstate how excited I am to finally read this.

Nested — Toward a Mormon Mysticism

Nested — Toward a Mormon Mysticism

A somewhat more personal piece, this post amounts to a series of notes briefly exploring Mormon thought and its history, in an attempt to establish a tentative mysticism or contemplative worldview within the tradition founded by Joseph Smith.

The gnosticism of Harold Bloom — or, What Does the Daemon Know?

The gnosticism of Harold Bloom — or, What Does the Daemon Know?

I’ve known about Harold Bloom since I first read The American Religion (1992, 2013) in 2015, but about two months ago I discovered for the first time what may be called (despite Bloom’s own wishes) the spiritual successor to that previous book: Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection (1997). In reading Omens, I was captivated afresh with a topic that I had known about since I was a teenager, but which Bloom himself seemed to capture and articulate in ways I never could: namely, the ancient spiritual traditions collectively known as Gnosticism. Instantly intrigued, I devoured Omens, reread American Religion, and set out for more books by Bloom (I’ve attached a list of suggested reading to the end of this post, in fact).