Archive for July, 2008

The Father of History

July 31, 2008

If you’ve spent more than five minutes (awake) in an undergraduate history seminar then you know this moniker refers to that wanderer of wanderers, Herodotus. There’s a lengthy and sort of interesting review of an new illustrated version of his iconic The Histories in The New Yorker (you know, the guys with the racy cartoon covers…). Mentioned the old man in connection with the post-modern bloodbath epic 300 many moons ago, a post you can find here.

Wonder if there is an illustration of him sharing “herbal remedies” with Egyptian priests in this new edition…Unlikely. Still worth a look…I guess.

Via Arts & Letters Daily.

Telegraph Hill

July 30, 2008

Bibliological Entropy

July 29, 2008

According to The Independent, there are plans afoot to break up one of the best collections of occult literature in the English speaking world, the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature, housed at the University of London. The library includes a host of wondrous works, including the famed Malleus Maleficarum (“The Hammer of Witches”), an inquisitor’s incunabula dating from the late 15th century.

Anyone doing research on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn may want to consider a London field trip fairly soon…

Signs

July 29, 2008

Medford, Oregon

July 20, 2008

That is all.

“I Kissed a Girl”

July 15, 2008

“…And I liked it. The taste of her cherry Chapstick…” Just loving the new (soon to be overplayed) song by the candy-coated, doe-eyed brunette Katy Perry. Her new album, One of the Boys, has a couple of really catchy tunes. A mix of Madonna, Kylie Minogue (now OBE!?) and Bif Naked. Chick rock on an elevated level. If that’s, you know…like, possible.

Philosophy and the Single Guy

July 10, 2008

An interesting and amusing article in the New English Review on bachelorhood and the pursuit of the life of the mind. The author suggests women in the modern world are more adaptable to being single because they form deeper relationships and are “not haunting discotheques in a vain attempt to hook up with 19-year-old bimbos”.

I think they call them clubs now. The final lines of this essay reminded me of another recent post of mine. Seems like one of the main rationales for marriage and lifetime union is so someone is there to nag you on your death bed. Important point, n’est pas?

Via Arts & Letters Daily.

In the News…

July 6, 2008

The Necromancer has been spotted. On vacation?! A cub reporter from the illustrious Langley Advance snapped a shot of yours truly while I was snapping this shot…

Not exactly sure I “had to take a picture”, but it was interesting enough. The rest of the day hanging out in Vancouver was way more inspired…As has been the last few weeks.

Now returning to radio silence for a spell.


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