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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, January 11

The world mourns the loss of one of its premium entertainers, the beloved singer, actor, and icon David Bowie. Join us today as we have a special Airy Monday in tribute to the man known as Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, Jareth the Goblin King, and so much more.

We start off with a memorial to Bowie from feminist pop culture website The Mary Sue, which celebrates what was perhaps his most fantastical and mythical role: that of the Goblin King in the Jim Henson and George Lucas collaboration Labyrinth.

As inspirational as David Bowie was to many in pop culture he himself had his own favorite works he would cite as classics. Tor.com shares Bowie's personal favorite books, which he hoped would bring as much happiness and inspiration to his fans as they did him.

In this post from Dangerous Minds, another side of the legendary artist rarely perceived by the public is examined: his fascination with the occult. Read on to learn about how Bowie sought the use of occult magic to heighten his success and protect him from demonic forces as well as the tale of an exorcist who was once hired by him.

In addition to appearing in many music videos and films, David Bowie also once lent his talents to a video game, the little-known Omikron: The Nomad Soul from Quantic Dream. You can learn more about the game and Bowie's role in it as an otherworldly AI god at Kotaku.

Lastly, io9's writer and lead editor Charlie Jane Anders writes an obituary for David Bowie examining what made him such a unique and inspirational artist: not only his undeniable talent but also his ability to appeal to the alien and outside in all of us.

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