Sailor’s Journals, Part 10: Wisdom

If you don’t read anything else, skip to the end and read the extended quotations about Heathen — and mortality and music.  These are a few of the passages from Sailor’s Journals I found particularly affecting. Some I have written about before. On Grief & Empathy: One of the very earliest entries, 9/4/1998, was posted two […]

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Psychic First Aid

When Dion Fortune reaches the last division of her book Psychic Self-Defense, she admits that all she can offer the layman are simple means of coping with the attack, “a manual of first aid rather than a treatise on treatment.” Far better is to come under the care of someone with “specially trained faculties and specially […]

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Bowie Sighting: Philip Hoare

At the end of my last post, I quoted a passage at the end of Spike Island in which Philip Hoare gives credit to Bowie for delivering Hoare’s generation from the conventions of suburban life. This was the shared Bowie experience. But there is also a personal one. Hoare’s latest book, The Sea Inside —part […]

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Are You Lithuanian?

I’d always assumed that the “Are you Lithuanian” scene in Nicolas Roeg’s film of Walter Tevis’s The Man Who Fell to Earth was an episode of Roeg-ishness, a dialog equivalent of some of the odd visuals in the film. And then I read Walter Tevis’s novel. And, yes indeed, Bryce, the chemical engineer, does ask […]

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