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Entries from October 2013

A Musical Cipher

October 28th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Thanks to this musical cipher, you can encode your secret messages as a rather rangy tune.  Word breaks are indicated by accidentals.  I found this in a box of prints; it came from an old encyclopedia, but I don’t know which. Of course, you could also just use the wonderful musical language Solrésol.  It’s nice […]

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Tags: Music

Fortune Telling Cards (7)

October 25th, 2013 · 2 Comments

This elaborate pictorial deck was published by the venerable firm Piatnik, from Vienna and Budapest.  There’s a lot of drama in this depiction of Falseness, but it doesn’t look like beneficial drama. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Card Games

Little Blue Books by Forteans (6): Scott Nearing

October 23rd, 2013 · 2 Comments

Scott Nearing became an Honorary Founder of the Fortean Society, replacing Alexander Woollcott.  Woollcott had left early in 1942, presumably because he liked Fort, but didn’t get along with Thayer.  Thayer’s attacks on Roosevelt may have nettled him too, as he was an FDR fan.  Nearing was a very different kind of character, a life-long […]

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Tags: Forteana

Happy Birthday, Alphonse Allais!

October 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Alphonse Allais was born on October 20, 1854.  We celebrate his birthday here by posting my drawings of him with his curious colleague, Captain Cap, from Captain Cap: His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks, available in my illustrated translation from Black Scat Books. And one picture from the fourth chapbook, which didn’t make it into […]

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Tags: Alphonse Allais · Books · Literature

Captain Cap: The Trade Edition

October 11th, 2013 · 2 Comments

  The trade edition of Captain Cap is now available!  Alphonse Allais’s hard-drinking, proto-pataphysical antihero, based on his friend Albert Caperon, bullies bartenders, swindles prostitutes, travels the world, and offers such useful inventions as the smell-buoy, the kangacycle, volatile ink, the bacteria motor, and much more.  This edition collects the four installments previously published by […]

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Tags: 'pataphysics · Alphonse Allais · Literature


October 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Richard Toronto worked for years on a biography of Richard Shaver, the curious writer whose stories about caverns, ancient machines, and the notorious dero had such an impact on early ufology and on science fiction.  The result, War Over Lemuria, has now been published by McFarland, and is racking up good reviews.  So much material […]

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Tags: Books