Since February 13th of 2014, I have been reposting all of the online works of John J. Reilly, who died unexpectedly in 2012.
Now, I am happy to announce the next phase, republishing John’s four books, which have become very hard to come by. My plan is to make the books available both in ebook and physical formats, as the amount of interest in John’s work is surprising nine years after he left us.
I also plan to offer ebook compilations of his more notable essays and reviews once the initial phase of restoring his own books is complete. Here is the list of books, along with John’s own descriptions of his work.
This projection of the future into the 27th century uses a simple computer program and even simpler interpretations of the Oswald Spengler's Decline of the West and Arnold Toynbee's Study of History. No, this is not a serious exercise, but it does suggest what the future would look like if the modern age really is analogous to the Hellenistic Age. Important years include 2080, 2309, and 2603
Would you believe that this formula describes the structure of history?
CIR + t1h + p/f/t2 + (!1/o/!2/0)
If you would, maybe you shouldn't. However, this formula is helpful in describing many of the meta-narratives of history found around the world. The Perennial Apocalypse is a cross-cultural and cross-temporal study of models of history considered as a class of story. The book tries to do for doomsday what The Hero with a Thousand Faces did for the myth of the hero.
This paperback collection of "Notes on the Cultural History of the 21st Century" shows the millennial imagination at work at every level of late-modern civilization. Though providing important background on the apocalyptic ideologies of the radical Right, the anthology is chiefly concerned to show how the future is being shaped by "normal" millennialism. The book provides a unique perspective on "the Clash of Civilizations" and on environmental ideology.
Oswald Spengler once said that The Decline of the West could have been given this title, because he was really talking about the coming of the "final forms" of Western Civilization. This paperback anthology of items from John Reilly's Homepage takes Spengler at his word by looking at his ideas from the perspective of the early 21st century. The topics covered include the necessity and ethics of global empire, the exhaustion of modernism, and the contest between Americanism and Tradition for the definition of the final forms.
Anyone with an interest in John’s work, or any one willing to offer advice on restoring books to print, feel free to contact me here, or via email, or through social media.