Witch­body

Perzine, Sab­rina Scott, witch­body.com, Witch­body Stu­dio, $25 (plus shipping)

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One of the most won­der­ful things to wit­ness is when a per­son shares some­thing they care deeply about, in a man­ner de­void of con­de­scen­sion, im­bued with pure love for their sub­ject and a de­sire to give some of that joy to oth­ers. This ex­pe­ri­ence is what you get in witch­body by Sab­rina Scott, a beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated, heav­ily re­searched, thought­fully-writ­ten work of art on western oc­cult magic, the body, and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism.

In witch­body, Scott in­tro­duces some of the cen­tral ideas of western prac­tices of witch­craft, in­clud­ing the no­tion of un­der­stand­ing non-hu­man oth­ers as hav­ing a right to ex­ist, and hav­ing their own iden­ti­ties. She ties up these no­tions with the need to re­spect and stay in awe of our environment, whether that environment is a for­est smelling of de­cay or a cityscape

reek­ing of trash heaps. Scott shares her deep re­spect for the ob­jects in her environment, and for the crea­tures and peo­ple who oc­cupy the world around her. She af­firms that “oth­ers are worth fight­ing for, ad­vo­cat­ing for, car­ing for — re­gard­less of how know­able or un­know­able they are.” The book cel­e­brates the alien­ation we ex­pe­ri­ence at in­hab­it­ing our own bod­ies and never fully know­ing the ex­pe­ri­ences of oth­ers, in­sist­ing that this sep­a­ra­tion is a site where we can build re­spect and hu­mil­ity to­ward our fel­low be­ings.

witch­body is a man­i­festo for a modern witch, but far be­yond that, it is a guide­book for any­one who feels dis­con­nected from their sur­round­ings, and seeks to feel grounded among their fel­low hu­mans, non-hu­mans, and world. (Ni­cole Par­tyka) to ab­sorb vis­ually, men­tally and emo­tion­ally. In terms of plot, he dusts Cool New Job with all sorts of Toronto in­side jokes but they’re kinda se­condary(... kinda) be­cause the story and art should be eas­ily di­gestible to any non-na­tive. There is ac­tion and hu­mour and heart and hu­mil­ity. All good things IMO. That said, when a pow­er­ful “su­per ro­bot” comes to­gether with Casa Loma as an arm and TTC sub­ways as thighs, I sup­pose a bit of base knowl­edge couldn’t hurt. (Cam Gor­don)

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