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Saturday, August 09, 2003

Goseck site

7000 year-old German "Stonehenge" discovered[newsmakingnews]
Compared to the approximately 200 other similar prehistoric mound sites strewn throughout Europe, the Goseck site has striking deviations. Instead of the usual four gates leading into the circular compounds, the Goseck monument has just three. The walled-compound also consists of an unusual formation of concentric rings of man-high wooden palisades. The rings and the gates into the inner circles become narrower as one progresses to the center, indicating perhaps that only a few people could enter the inner-most ring.


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Jenny Davidson's Heredity: publisher's page
A refreshingly taut, deadpan take on the old intertwining-narrative, hands-across-the-centuries thing, Jenny Davidson's Heredity reads like the novel of which A.S. Byatt's Possession was the baggy and sentimental first draft. It's also as dark as your hat: sex-and-death with a side-order of extra death. A masterful and outrageously readable first novel.

--Bruno Maddox, author of My Little Blue Dress


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Butterfly Kid

Some links I found tracking the google results for "arthur machen tarot white people", through which someone found this site

Jay Kinney's Clinic of Cultural Collision - the co-founder of Gnostic magazine shares links.

The Absolute Elsewhere:
Fantastic, Visionary, and Esoteric Literature in the 1960s and 1970s
- R T Gault's site is fun to wade through, with some classic book covers.

"The Sorceries of Zos" from Cults of the Shadow by Kenneth Grant - Nurse with Wound occult swag.

Enochian Aliens? Agents of Cosmic COINTELPRO and The Stargate Conspiracy? - Excerpt from The Morning of the Magicians on Hitler at one of my favorite channeling sites, though it's gone through some transmutation recently, and the channeled stuff is buried. They have a page on the creepy Denver Airport murals.

The Invisible Library - "The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library's catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound."

Hermetic Imagination: The Effect of the Golden Dawn on Fantasy Literature - A paper read at a Tolkien conference in the 90s.

Esoteric, Fraternal and Magical Orders and Organizations - links to them.

There's pages more, if you like.

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Richard Hell on the new anthology of Lester Bangs' work
Lester was large and he was interested in doing what was right -- which sometimes entailed willfully offending those whose values he opposed -- not merely being right in his taste and musical standards. He wanted to learn. What's appealing about him is the same thing that he valued in the music he wrote about: the life in it -- engagement with and responsiveness to the world. To put a positive spin on the spew-and-rant factor, he didn't care about beauty except as flow. He wanted everything included. He was confrontational but it came from goodwill, from his belief that feelings -- sensitivity to what's going on -- are what matter and that if you're going to really notice things, really perceive, there's going to be a lot of sadness and horror and filth as well, so to some extent they're a necessary part of beauty. Basically, Lester always wanted people to care more.
If you haven't read Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung or Jim Derogatis' fine bio Let It Blurt, you should.

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Friday, August 08, 2003

How much does studied indolence cost ya these days, anyway?

Wearing John Malkovich
Bella Freud, the British designer and a friend of Malkovich for the past five years, says: "It has to do with the 1910 moment, when you see photos of men looking very well-dressed, but as though everything could come off at any time; it's sensual with layers of formality on top. The subtext is: since you're so well-dressed, you can become as irreverent and indolent as you want."

Malkovich himself says, in a kind of mission statement: "Uncle Kimono is a men's wear collection which has resonance of late 1950s California beach boys, some Palm Springs rat-pack, a touch of lounge lizards and a recollection of a Swiss banker who's been let go." Sound like the description of an art-house movie? It's being treated that way.

Distribution is small, and carefully targeted: Jeffrey is the only store in New York that will carry the clothes. As one of the first colonisers of the now fashion-heavy meat-packing district, it has a certain avant-garde chic reputation - ditto Browns, the only store in London with the line, and L'Eclaireur, the only store in Paris.

[...]

Indeed, all the pieces in the Uncle Kimono line are titled, and come equipped with their own story: "Jazz Sideman Prison Wife Sweater" (the jumper a jazz sideman "would give his new cellmate when he starts a 90-day term for drug possession", which is to say a cardigan with a zip front, pockets, and a three-tone waistband); "Uncle Ho Shirt" ("a shirt perfect for people who love socialist super heroes", or a button-down with medium-width stripes and two front flap pockets plus a chest pocket); "Mini Mullah Raincoat" (a raincoat "dedicated to the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, who Mullah Omar accused of wearing his turban in a topsy-turvy fashion", which is actually made of treated English check with a 1940s-esque collar).


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Key-logging software used to steal info from surfers at 13 New York Kinko's

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The New Republic review of Debra Hamel's Trying Neaira: A Courtesan's Life on Trial in Ancient Athens is an interesting discussion of the Classical Greek Age's cultural attitudes about women -- and Hamel's book looks like an excellent introduction to 4th century Greece, with special attention to how women were viewed
Hamel's treatment of this complicated story is outstanding not only for its comprehensive (yet remarkably concise) presentation of the social and historical context of fourth-century Athens, but also, perhaps supremely, for its tact. By presenting sex and the ancient Greek sex trade forthrightly, she puts to shame the ponderous cuteness and leering euphemism that writing about Neaira's case has aroused in many classicists over the centuries. She brings out both the sordid exploitation of Neaira's circumstances and the genuine strength of the bond that linked this former prostitute with Stephanos and his family, piecing together a plausible account from what is often minimal evidence, managing to explore her human characters without idealizing them, and judiciously staying just shy of a historical novel. Her description of court procedure, and the differences that separate ancient Athenian standards for legal procedure and basic justice from our own ideas of democracy and the rule of law, show how much has changed in the definition of these powerful words over the millennia. It is easier, after reading her account, to see how the full imperfection of the Athenian political and legal system could have driven Plato to such savage fury against "the school of Hellas" that he established an academy of his own and gave up a literary form, tragedy, sponsored by the Athenian state, for a new dramatic genre of his own, the philosophical dialogue, in which he would insist on the pursuit of pure good and pure justice.


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Sandra Newman's The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done: review
Newman is extremely adept at complex characterizations, and particularly excels at showing, in her narrator Chrysalis, a brain on the verge of breakdown: "Two particular women laughed in shrill spikes of sound that made me think of spear flowers." As in any great novel, the characters here grow richer, and more mysterious, as more is revealed about them. This is a witty, imaginative debut from a young novelist with dazzling intellectual resources.


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Nervous about saving your data in case of Armageddon? Save it on the moon

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Zoe Heller's What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal: review

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Tech issues

A few days ago I posted about the Slimp3 media hub for mp3s. Here's PC Magazine's comparison of digital media hubs, mp3 and otherwise. Ratings are compiled here. Make sure you check the user reviews too, there seem to be many opinions on what's best.

A short piece on anti-RIAA scanning Kazaa derivatives.

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Thursday, August 07, 2003

City Lights at 50
Fifty years after co-founding City Lights as the first paperback bookstore in the country, only to revolutionize poetry in 1956 by publishing Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," Ferlinghetti remains a leading light in San Francisco's cultural community. He is still organizing and giving readings, still painting and holding art exhibits, still publishing his work and still putting in time in the cramped offices of the City Lights press, on the bookstore's second floor. That leaves precious little time for reminiscences about the days when the Beats ruled the literary world.


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First aid myths
--CHOKING Don't slap someone who is choking on the back. You could force the offending object farther down the windpipe. As long as a person is coughing (or talking), he or she is still breathing, and coughing forcefully is usually the best way to dislodge a piece of food. Use abdominal thrusts, also known as the Heimlich maneuver, only if the choking victim stops breathing.


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KeepMedia is a subscription service with archives of magazines and newpapers you can view for $4.95/month [Undernews]

Unfortunately, most of them are trade pubs, which are of little interest to anyone not in the profession.

But if the list were customizable, 140 of the mags I'd like access to, this would be dandy.

Anyway, there's a 7-day free trial, if any of the pubs involved appeal to you (Book, Esquire, Business Week, Mother Jones, US News are some of the non-trade pubs).

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Wednesday, August 06, 2003

A Full Moon take some of the fun out of the upcoming Perseid meteor shower, but it's worth a look anyway, since it's the best time of year to be outside for a major shower

Peak: Wednesday August 13, before dawn, in the northeast.

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In 2001, 2 Norwegians completed the longest unsupported trek across Antarctica (2360 miles) after enduring polar winter at a summer base on the coast of Queen Maud Land
Over the long winter, they studied the effects of UVB radiation on the immune system, they were the subjects in a psychology study with Martian implications, and they tested a new system for processing shit at Antarctic bases. After eleven months, after a dark winter on a frigid coast at the end of the world, two of these deranged mutations then skied across the continent, claiming the longest (3800km) unsupported trek in Antarctic history. Not only did Eirik S√łnneland and Rolf Bae seem to snag their prize with a shrug, but they did so after an Antarctic winter, an unnerving event that alone drives the typical American to New Zealand gasping for sushi and whores. The goals for their Trans-Antarctic trek were to set a world record, remain friends, and stay alive. They achieved their goals quietly and modestly, so their expedition was largely ignored by all but Norwegian media.
Their book, which details ridiculous bureaucratic obstacles as well as their more obvious challenges, is yet to be published in English.

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Article in Scientific American confirms parallel universes as "a direct implication of cosmological observations" [philipkdick.com]
The parallel universes of your alter egos constitute the Level I multiverse. It is the least controversial type. We all accept the existence of things that we cannot see but could see if we moved to a different vantage point or merely waited, like people watching for ships to come over the horizon. Objects beyond the cosmic horizon have a similar status. The observable universe grows by a light-year every year as light from farther away has time to reach us. An infinity lies out there, waiting to be seen. You will probably die long before your alter egos come into view, but in principle, and if cosmic expansion cooperates, your descendants could observe them through a sufficiently powerful telescope.
I love these guys.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Father knows best

French tennis father arrested for drugging opponents of his kids, after a schoolteacher dies in an auto crash


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Monday, August 04, 2003

The new "fit 30 people in a phone booth"

Flash mobs are new fad in Northern Europe


Perhaps political action versions are down the road.

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Necessary evolution or invitation to corporate model takeover?

Deep blogging politics behind frozen RSS core and those seeking alternatives, standards


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Problems of re-doing email protocols to stem spam

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Massive lawsuit threatened against Spanish file-sharers, probably bluff

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Universities may add fee or absorb cost of opening "legal" file-sharing networks to students

Still playing catch-up, and this will probably take a year to implement.

And probably still not match what's already available without the gangsters getting a cut.

Thoug a fee to compensate for bandwidth usage might not be a bad idea.

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Good piece on the suppression of the movie Buffalo Soldiers after 9/11 because it portrays a dark, mercenary view of the military [Chicago Tribune username: ridgewood password: callow]
It was the best of timing, it was the worst of timing.

Gregor Jordan's military satire "Buffalo Soldiers" had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8, 2001, and it was so well received that Miramax Films snatched it up, completing the purchase on the night of Sept. 10.

The world changed the following morning.

The industry gab -- what there was of it as festivalgoers made alternate travel plans and speculated about the apocalypse -- was that that the sellers of "Buffalo Soldiers" had lucked out: If the movie had debuted a few days later, it might never have landed a deal.

But Jordan also wanted his film to be seen, and that's been the rub for the past 23 months. Miramax has rescheduled "Buffalo Soldiers" at least four times as the bombing of Afghanistan and the war in Iraq made the release of a military-lampooning black comedy unpalatable.


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Sunday, August 03, 2003

The Slimp3 is one of the new family of devices which can send PC music to your stereo

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Theresa Maggio's The Stone Boudoir: Travels through the Hidden Village of Sicily: review
To the list of attractive-but-not-easily-accessible, might be added the industry-choked but splendidly Baroque Catania, the mystical Norman subtleties of Monreale, villages nearly prehistoric, where some of the population still inhabit bronze-age caves, the antique charm of Syracuse, or the splendor that was classical Greece at Selinunte.
Also check out Longitude, a site listing travel maps and books which seems to have its shit together.

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