A Criamon Magus Listens to the Rain

There was a virtue Lands of the Nile, called in Wisdom From Ignorance, which allowed practitioners to gain Abilities from documents which they can not understand. I was reminded of this recently by a minor essays from Aldous Huxley. He discusses a similar state of mind, but in his case he’s not meditating on heiroglyphs,…

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The Pentamerone 8

We return to the Pentamerone. I’ve not mentioned the scatological humour this time unless it illuminates a particular point. Just assume it’s there. XXVI: THE MONTHS It is a saying worthy to be written in letters as big as those on a monument, that silence never harmed any one: and let it not be imagined…

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Venice : Coral and Lace

In this little fragment of The Dogaressas of Venice, Edgecumb Staley gives the origin of Venetian lace weaving. There’s an idea I’ve had in earlier writing for the podcast, although not so much in the formal line, that the representation of a thing grants a weak material bonus related to that thing. So, if a…

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