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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

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 ...

Tigers in Lavender: 3

Tigers in Lavender: 3 In 1951 Indiana University took over from Kenyon College a famed but underfunded institute, the School of English, which IU renamed the School of Letters. For years the Summer Institute of the School of Letters drew pre-eminent writers and scholars to give...

Tigers in Lavender: 2

TIGERS IN LAVENDER: 2 Continuing the story of the making of a student film in Indiana in 1964, begun in the previous post: The Bolex camera that the photography department had – and which Lance Bird and I hogged for the remaining year and more of college...