During last night's talk, he offered us a series of amusing anecdotes in his own humorous and enthralling style. These revolved around such topics as his development of a mantra to the Hindu god Ganesha that he chants to the tune of well-known rhyme "Pop Goes the Weasel", and his involvement in exorcising a Roman Catholic girl's school from a demonic entity whose name was SLG-SLG. He ran quite considerably over time, but no-one seemed to mind; the audience was clearly captivated by this marvelous speaker and the entertaining tales that he was offering up for our amusement. Following the culmination of his talk, I was one of those who went over to him to congratulate him on his success, and he was kind enough to sign my old copy of his autobiography, My Life with the Spirits (1999), perhaps the best esoteric biography that it has ever been my good fortune to read. He furthermore produced a doodle of himself on the front page, a copy of which you can see below:
|DuQuette's self-portrait, inscribed in my copy of his |
It was a pleasure to meet with Mr. DuQuette and I must encourage anyone with an interest in Thelema specifically or western esotericism more generally to pick up a copy of one of his books, which are by far among of the most accessible introductions on the subject, written by a man with a great deal of simplicity, kind-heartedness and wit.