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Divination by the Book of Proverbs

October 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments

One of my insomnia books recently has been The Queer, the Quaint, and the Quizzical: A Cabinet for the Curious, by Frank H. Stauffer.  It’s a compendium of odd facts, superstitions, linguistic curiosities, and folklore, published by David McKay in 1882.  Stauffer, according to what I could find, was a journalist and children’s author; with […]

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Tags: Books · Education

Black Scat Review 8

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

The eighth issue of Black Scat Review is now out!  It contains my short but unpleasant story “Hardwood Mulch,” as well as seductive works by Suzanne Burns, Doug Rice, Steven Teref, Kurt Cline, Charles Holdefer, Paulo Brito, Jhaki M.S. Landgrebe,Tara Stillions Whitehead, Maria Morisot, Fox Harvard, Charlie Griggs, Monika Mori, and Tom Whalen.  You can find […]

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Tags: Education · Literature

How I Became an Idiot

May 9th, 2013 · No Comments

Francisque Sarcey (1827-1899) was, for much of his career, the most powerful theatrical critic in Paris. He was the perfect model of the blunt bourgeois, championing common sense, anti-intellectualism, and traditional values. He favored light, commercial fare, and railed against Ibsen and Jarry. He was, predictably, a prime target for young artists. Alphonse Allais took […]

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Tags: Alphonse Allais · Education · Literature

The Refractory Element

August 12th, 2012 · No Comments

There’s one in every crowd.  (Please click to enlarge.) (Posted by Doug Skinner.  The photo is from Master Course in Hypnotism, by Harry Abons, Power Publishers, 1948.)

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An Ullage Dozen (46): In the Hat

August 1st, 2012 · No Comments

If you leave the house without your pants, where will you put your keys? golf without clubs Salt is best enjoyed at room temperature. The beauty of the little lamb Is that it doesn’t give a damn. Nobody ever lost money by finding money. Science still can’t create an ineffective placebo. a globe with Mercator […]

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An Ullage Dozen (45): Tolon! Tolon! Tolon! Tolon!

May 31st, 2012 · No Comments

I just heard a politician on the radio, saying that the election is not about fundraising, but about the heart and soul of the party. Those aren’t really dioramas They’re just holes in your pajamas ouija scrabble: messages from spirits are awarded points by letter The American diet: Yesterday I saw a man walking down […]

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Fretted Instrument Ensembles of the 1940s

May 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

The following pictures are taken from the Fretted Instrument News, 1945-1949.  It was the “Official Organ of the American Guild of Banjoists, Mandolinists, and Guitarists,” “An Independent Bi-Monthly Devoted to the Advancement and Culture of the Romantic Instruments.”  It was particularly devoted to promoting “Fret Clubs,” amateur or school groups that played light classical selections […]

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Tags: Clubs and Associations · Education · Ephemera · Music

An Ullage Dozen (44): The Owl’s Nest

February 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Ask me no questions, I’ll punch you no mouth. the caregiver and the caretaker a musket that shoots musk Not the courage of our convictions, but the courage of our doubts. Minicheckers: the opposite of Charles Fort’s “Supercheckers” — each player has four game pieces a radio flub: the marriage was “uncomplicated,” for “unconsummated” the […]

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Théophile Gautier on Ideology

December 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Théophile Gautier’s 1865 novel, La Belle-Jenny, is a boisterous, Romantic tale of conspiracy and intrigue, all of which fails.  Couples are parted; lives are ruined.  Near the end, Arthur Sidney, the character most to blame for all of this, sums up what he’s learned: Aimez quelqu’un ou quelque chose, un homme, un enfant, un chien, […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Education · Literature

An Ullage Dozen (43): Cortège

December 13th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Don’t sing from the heart; use your lungs. splilt Maybe your snap judgment Was just a crap judgment. Asemic acrostics: Many enthusiasts have found acrostics in Shakespeare and other writers; we can also find acrostics that do not spell out words, giving us a hidden message without linguistic significance. a pen that forms a line […]

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