Russian Imperial Stout

“Bosom buddies aren’t born overnight,” declares the label of North Coast Brewing’s Russian imperial stout, Old Rasputin. I don’t know whether that sentiment is true, but the beer is excellent. Scan of the carton by the Russian Reader

Fans of anti-thalassocrat and accomplished obscurantist Alexander Dugin will appreciate this portrait of the man by journalist Andrey Loshak, which I translated the other day for e-flux Notes. Here’s a sneak preview:

I remember accidentally attending a lecture by Dugin on “angelic entities” in the late nineties. It was an absolutely unbearable exercise in transcendental sophistry, dealing mainly with the image of Lucifer (the Fallen Angel) and featuring extensive quotations from Aleister Crowley. There were about twenty people of indeterminate age and gender in the auditorium. I thought at the time that perhaps they, too, were fallen angelic entities who had come to listen to a lecture about themselves. In the mid-noughties, I ran into Dugin at a Current 93 gig at the Ikra Club. He dearly loved English apocalyptic folk music for its commitment to Nazi Satanism.

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