Masons On Masons:
How to Start a Secret Society
By Liz and Joe Mason
48 pages / half-letter / $3
Recently ye olde zine reviewer has embarked upon learning about what is behind the social / political veils in our culture – particularly the role played by underground yet hidden in plain sight groups like the Freemasons. Such research could spiral into a lifetime of diversions – there are so many groups, so little time. Therefore, when I spotted Caboose #9 Masons On Masons: How to Start a Secret Society at the venerable Antiquated Future website, I ordered it without hesitation.
Written in a style that is both smart & smart-ass, this zine may give you some ideas about how to create your own nerdy group, order, lodge, happening, etc. All of the bases are covered: groundrules, membership, language, mirthful activity and even handshakes. Oh, and secrecy! Yet what I had hoped to find here was more actual substance about Freemasonry, The Illuminati (though its book-club origins were intriguing), and other elites & followers of our day that seem to wield power and influence in our bizarre and unwieldy culture. For example: who were the Oddfellows and am I related to them?
Ok, I’m off to organize the Freeman of the Mountain Lodge. I’d tell you when & where the first meeting is, but then I’d have to kill you.
Did the NSA just read this? I’m fucked.