Craig Baldwin's Mock Up and Mu Unlocks and Mocks the Mysteries of Scientology - 2009-01-13

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F243.png Craig Baldwin's Mock Up and Mu Unlocks and Mocks the Mysteries of Scientology January 13, 2009, J. Hoberman, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice

Baldwin's fantastic but "not untrue saga" references a particular cabal that came together in mid-'40s Pasadena-and also fascinated avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger, who explicitly drew on it in his 1954 Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome. Pioneer rocket scientist and would-be warlock Jack Parsons, a follower of the notorious magus Aleister Crowley, found his own protégé in the young science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, as well as a "scarlet" consort in the proto beatnik artist Marjorie Cameron. Initiated into Parsons's occult sex magic rites, Hubbard ran off with a chunk of his mentor's money as well as his mistress, and went on to found his own enormously successful religion. Parsons married Cameron; he suffered a spectacular death when his garage-laboratory exploded in 1952, while she became the godmother of New Age spiritualism.


{{cite news | author = J. Hoberman | title = Craig Baldwin's Mock Up and Mu Unlocks and Mocks the Mysteries of Scientology | url = http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-01-14/film/craig-baldwin-s-mock-up-and-mu-unlocks-and-mocks-the-mysteries-of-scientology/ | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = January 13, 2009 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}