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Entries from March 2015

Anomalous Music

March 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I will be presenting three programs of “Anomalous Music” at the Morbid Anatomy Museum. They will be in the form of informal talks, with musical examples on keyboard. Wednesday, March 25: Music from the Ultraterrestrials; music attributed to fairies, banshees, trowies, gnomes, ghosts, aliens, and other supposedly nonhuman creatures. Selections include fairy tunes from Norway […]

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A Frog Fall in Fludd

March 9th, 2015 · Comments Off on A Frog Fall in Fludd

Falling frogs are particularly associated with Charles Fort, who collected many reports in his 1919 book The Book of the Damned. Frog falls, however, have been reported for centuries, and I always enjoy spotting a reference. I was, therefore, gratified to find a frog fall depicted by the curious 17th century philosopher and nonpareil, Robert […]

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The Squadron’s Umbrella

March 4th, 2015 · Comments Off on The Squadron’s Umbrella

 The Squadron’s Umbrella is now out from Black Scat Books! I quote the publisher: Authored by Alphonse Allais Translated by Doug Skinner Alphonse Allais (1854-1905) was France’s greatest humorist. His elegance, scientific curiosity, preoccupation with language and logic, wordplay and flashes of cruelty inspired Alfred Jarry, as well as succeeding generations of Surrealists, Pataphysicians, and […]

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