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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 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...

Tigers in Lavender 1

1. Long Long Ago Some years ago I was watching the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home, produced by Martin Scorsese. There was a scene of Dylan on stage in London 1n 1965, possibly 1966 (I haven’t re-watched the film), that had been shot from a...

My First Thriller

My First Thriller By that I mean the first book officially so designated that I remember reading (I may have read one years before that didn't stay in my memory).  I read it for review;  I can't remember now what journal assigned the book to me...