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Note to visitors: I have over the years accumulated a number of small units of prose for which I cna find no use, and also ideas that I have no particular [i.e. profitable] reason to put into words but which I feel a parental obligation to bring into being. These are the things that will be found here. Some allow comments and some don’t. I hope you enjoy one or two.  In addition things of interest (podcasts, etc.) will also appear irregularly.

A YEAR’S DREAMS (PART 2)

May 30: I came home after a week away to find that the the extensive addition to my house had progressed astonishingly. A large, blockish addition was up and already clad in siding. A neighbor (in actual fact a splendid carpenter) had built it, and he...

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury died in 2012 at 91, as full of years as his writing life was of words typed and seen into print. It’s impossible to mourn such a death, or such a life, as seemingly fulfilled as any mortal could aspire to.  What remains...

A YEAR’S DREAMS

In the period from early 2009 to sometime late in 2010 I had a number of often lengthy and sometimes highly weird dreams that I remembered in detail on waking.  I, or my brain, lately seem to have lost much of the knack of remembering...

The Tiepolo Effect

The Tiepolo Effect There is a critical concept I have long been trying to put in a form that will do work, or illuminate art when applied, like Eliot’s “objective correlative” or Harold Bloom’s “anxiety of influence” (which it sort of resembles, or disputes). For now...

A Note on Alchemy

   A Note on Alchemy Long ago my friend Ioan Culianu, the most deepy learned man I've ever known well, and one of the most open and generous of that tribe, was tapped to upgrade a huge encyclopedia of magic and religion that his older colleague ...