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Brilliant Visions: Peyote among the Aesthetes

- July 25, 2019 in aesthetes, Arthur Symons, drugs, early use of mescaline, early use of peyote, early use of psychedelics, Featured Articles, Havelock ellis, mescaline, peyote, psychedelics, Science & Medicine, Silas Weir Mitchell

Used by the indigenous peoples of the Americas for millennia, it was only in the last decade of the 19th century that the powerful effects of mescaline began to be systematically explored by curious non-indigenous Americans and Europeans. Mike Jay looks at one such pioneer Havelock Ellis who, along with his small circle of fellow artists and writers, documented in wonderful detail his psychedelic experiences.

The Golfer’s Rubáiyát and other 20th-Century Parodies

- July 24, 2019 in Edward FitzGerald, golf, metaphysics, parody, The Rubáiyát, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám has inspired parodies by cat lovers and car lovers. But it seems to have found a special place in the hearts of golfers.

The Unicorn Tapestries (1495–1505)

- July 23, 2019 in allegory, hunting, medieval, middle ages, tapestries, unicorns

The enigmatic story of the Unicorn Tapestries, whose multifarious medieval symbolism still beguiles.

The Unicorn Tapestries (1495–1505)

- July 23, 2019 in allegory, hunting, medieval, middle ages, tapestries, unicorns

The enigmatic story of the Unicorn Tapestries, whose multifarious medieval symbolism still beguiles.

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Gold-Bug” (1843)

- July 18, 2019 in ciphers, Cryptography, edgar allan poe, insects, treasure

Poe’s story of a treasure hunt, revealing the fantastical writer’s hyper-rational penchant for cracking codes.

Edward Lear’s Nonsense Botany (1871–77)

- July 16, 2019 in binomial classification, botany, Carl Linnaeus, edward lear, flowers, nonsense, plants, taxonomy

The Victorian artist and writer turns his peculiar brand of verbal and visual invention to the world of plant taxonomy.

The Myth of Blubber Town, an Arctic Metropolis

- July 10, 2019 in arctic, blubber, blubber town, Culture & History, Dutch whaling, exaggeration, Featured Articles, legend, smeerenburg, whaling

Though the 17th-century whaling station of Smeerenburg was in reality, at it's height, just a few dwellings and structures for processing blubber, over the decades and centuries a more extravagant picture took hold — that there once had stood, defying its far-flung Arctic location, a bustling urban centre complete with bakeries, churches, gambling dens, and brothels. Matthew H. Birkhold explores the legend.

Optics Illustrations from the Physics Textbooks of Amédée Guillemin (1868/1882)

- July 9, 2019 in Amédée Guillemin, color, colour, crystals, light, optics, physics, René Henri Digeon

Illustrations from the 19th-century physics text books of Amédée Guillemin.

Fabre’s Book of Insects (1921)

- July 4, 2019 in animals, Entomogical Memoirs, insects, Jean-Henri Fabre

Book of Insects: An Alphabet of Floral Emblems (London; New York: T. Nelson and Sons, 1857) In the first chapter of his Book of Insects, Jean-Henri Fabre (1823–1915) introduces the reader to his workshop — which is to say his home — located on a pebbly expanse of land near the Provençal village of Sérignan […]

The False Young Man (1937)

- July 2, 2019 in Abner Boggs, alan lomax, false young man, henry lee, love, love henry, murder, young hunting

Recording by the legendary musicologist Alan Lomax of Abner Boggs singing a heartrending rendition of this popular murder ballad.