Omnium Gatherum: 2dec2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for December 2, 2020

This is the first Omnium Gatherum in December, so hello again to all ongoing Patrons! Thank you for your continued support and I hope you are all staying safe and sane out there, and you and yours are well and weal through the season and into next year!

The big news this month is that I’ll be releasing Magick, Music and Ritual 15 in a few days. Now, here’s a thing, and I hope you’ll indulge me a bit on this, but I’m going to delay the release by 1 day. Technically Dec 3rd would be the day I’d normally release the anthology, as that’s the anniversary of the library’s birth, but this year Bandcamp has been doing “Bandcamp Fridays” where they waive their cut of the proceeds that day. So, I’m going to release MMR15 on Friday to coincide with that. Every little bit helps!

Meanwhile, as a reminder, I released the Subscriber and Patron exclusive This Is Not An Hermetic Library Album -2 a short time ago, and if you haven’t already gotten in contact with me about getting your gratis download of that, as thanks for all ongoing Patrons this last month, do get in touch with a private note.

I’ve been talking off and on about mailing lists, and one list that I’ve come to realize I needed was about the anthology project. I don’t know for sure, of course, if last year’s hiatus was due to not being able to reach people that were interested through social media channels that have become increasingly difficult, but a mailing list would help avoid having the signal drowned out in other noise or suppressed by algorithms. And, as I was getting TINAHLAA -2 ready and then released, I realized that some improvements to Bandcamp had provided me with a good-enough tool for this purpose. It’s not ideal because it’s yet another hosted tool that I don’t directly control, but Bandcamp now offers an unmoderated way to reach people that are following the Hermetic Library’s profile. So, I’m going to start using that, and encouraging people interested in the anthologies, either as fans or participants (or both!), to join by following the library’s profile there. Huzzah!

I’m still figuring out other things, of course, but those are some of the things that have been most on my mind this last period. After a hiatus, I’m not sure why I thought it was a good idea to release two albums so close together, but I sure did forget how much effort goes into getting those finally ready: all the communication with participants and getting things set up on both Bandcamp and the library site! But, I’ve got to be honest and say that I sure did miss it, and I’m happy to have a full release, as well as a bonus exclusive, this year.

Moreover, I’ve already had one submission for next year!

Okay, so, I’ll post separately when MMR15 releases, so look forward to that this Friday. I know I am! How about you?

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

  • The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford: Dilettante’s Guide to What You Do and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist, an audio CD, by Lon Milo DuQuette, read by Patrick Lawlor, due Dec 15. Also from Lon: “Recordings of my 4-Episode Workshop on Enochian Magick (which includes a ceremony to create and magically ‘charge’ an Enochian Talisman for Health) are now available for purchase and viewing. If you missed these four live presentations (each running nearly 90 mins) and would like to experience these workshops please and create this talisman please. Paypal $30 (to Lon Duquette) and please put ‘Enochian Classes’ in the subject/comments of your Paypal message.”
  • The Light Extended: A Journal of the Golden Dawn (Volume 2) [Apparently not yet listed on Bookshop, and the publisher’s site is borked; so, I can only link to Amazon] by a variety of authors, including Hermetic Library Figure John Michael Greer—”Taking its name from the rituals of the Order of the Golden Dawn, this journal aims to extend the light through information, offering a combination of unpublished original order documents and new material from prominent voices in the esoteric world today. With a unique mix of scholarly articles and practical advice, this book provides an essential resource for those interested in the Golden Dawn system of magic. Topics include the Evil Triangle, the Equilibration of the Four Winds, the Vibration of the Divine Name, the Lunar Occultation of Venus, Greek Gods in the Golden Dawn, the Four Elements and Their Implements, a Jewish Treatise on the Heavens, Earths, and Hells, A Golden Dawn Perspective on the Relationship Between Divinity and Humanity, the Golden Dawn Temple, Astrological Dignities, and the Rose and Cross. With contributions from: Tony Fuller, Frater Yechidah, Samuel Scarborough, John Michael Greer, Soror DPF, Jayne Gibson, J.P. Feliciano, Chic Cicero and S. Tabatha Cicero, Frater D, Frater Manu Forti, and Frater A.R.O.” Also, consider The Light Extended: A Journal of the Golden Dawn (Volume 1) [Bookshop, Amazon]
  • Yakṣiṇī Magic [Amazon, Publisher] by Mike Magee, illustrated by Maria Strutz and Jan Magee, forword by Phil Hine—”Yakṣiṇī Magic is the first extensive treatment of Tantric texts dealing with practices that relate to the Yakṣiṇīs, an ancient class of female spirit beings often described as “fertility deities” and said to inhabit wild places, plants, and trees. Drawing on a wide range of tantric textual sources, many of which are presented here for the first time summarised in English, Mike Magee examines the various practices through which a tantric practitioner could propitiate these powerful, fierce and sometimes jealous female spirits. Yakṣiṇī Magic affords us a fascinating glimpse into this hitherto unexplored aspect of the tantric world.With a frontispiece by Jan Magee, internal artwork by Maria Strutz and a foreword by Phil Hine, Yakṣiṇī Magic includes an extensive appendix giving the Yakṣiṇī-related text of eleven tantric texts in Sanskrit and Romanized Devenagari.”
  • Aeonology Book and Cards, limited first edition of 300. “AEON cards re-discover the ancient practice of Aeonology. This gorgeous first edition of the book is both a guide and explanation of the origin Aeons. Only 300 books were published in foiled, linen covered, hardback book with incredible images of each of the Aeon cards and guidance for how to do your own aeonology readings. Each numbered book comes with a beautiful set of Aeon cards. This beautiful numbered set of book, cards and a poster of the 2nd Century poem ‘Thunder, the perfect mind’.” “The AEON book is beautifully printed, hard back, foiled and linen cover. Each of these first edition books is numbered and a record will be kept of the 300 people who are lucky enough to order these books. The book describes the origins of the Aeons and the meaning of each of the cards. At the back of the book are a number of different methods for conducting readings. The cards are high quality, playing cards designed for regular use. They are specifically made for heavy use so they will keep their colorful design through the most rigorous of daily reflections or rituals. These 300 books also come with a poster sized representation of the 2nd Century poem ‘Thunder, the perfect mind’. This poem a beautiful piece has been transformed into a circular mandala representing wholeness of being. It’s an amazing tool for reflection and focus.”
  • From 2018, watch: “The Gospel of Mary.” “This film is an imaginative interpretation of The Gospel of Mary. Watch as the text becomes art through the animation of Elizabeth Honer and the storytelling of Dr. Althea Spencer Miller. Hear anew of the inter-connectedness of life, the ascent of the soul, and the call to face fears through this early Christian scripture.”
  • Theory of Women in Religions [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Catherine Wessinger, part of the Women in Religions series—”An introduction to the study of women in diverse religious cultures.” “While women have made gains in equality over the past two centuries, equality for women in many religious traditions remains contested throughout the world. In the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints women are not ordained as priests. In areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan under Taliban occupation girls and women students and their teachers risk their lives to go to school. And in Sri Lanka, fully ordained Buddhist nuns are denied the government identity cards that recognize them as citizens. Is it possible to create families, societies, and religions in which women and men are equal? And if so, what are the factors that promote equality? Theory of Women in Religions offers an economic model to shed light on the forces that have impacted the respective statuses of women and men from the earliest developmental stages of society through the present day. Catherine Wessinger integrates data and theories from anthropology, archaeology, sociology, history, gender studies, and psychology into a concise history of religions introduction to the complex relationships between gender and religion. She argues that socio-economic factors that support specific gender roles, in conjunction with religious norms and ideals, have created a gendered division of labor that both directly and indirectly reinforces gender inequality. Yet she also highlights how as the socio-economic situation is changing religion is being utilized to support the transition toward women’s equality, noting the ways in which many religious representations of gender change over time.”
  • Sources of Slavic Pre-Christian Religion [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] edited by Juan Antonio Álvarez-Pedrosa, volume 169 of the Numen Book Series: Studies in the History of Religions—”In Sources of Slavic Pre-Christian Religion Juan Antonio Álvarez-Pedrosa presents the original texts as well as English translations of all known medieval sources that inform us about the religion practiced by the Slavs before their Christianization. Since the Slavs did not have a written culture before their conversion to Christianity, all the texts were authored by people who were involved in this long process or in contact with the Slavs. For this reason, the texts come from a lengthy period from the ninth to the fifteenth century. Since the texts were originally written in seven different ancient languages, the present book is the result of the work of a large team of specialists.”
  • Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] edited by Liana Saif, Francesca Leoni, Matthew Melvin-Koushki, and Farouk Yahya, volume 140 of the Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1 The Near and Middle East series—”Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice brings together the latest research on Islamic occult sciences from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, namely intellectual history, manuscript studies and material culture. Its aim is not only to showcase the range of pioneering work that is currently being done in these areas, but also to provide a model for closer interaction amongst the disciplines constituting this burgeoning field of study. Furthermore, the book provides the rare opportunity to bridge the gap on an institutional level by bringing the academic and curatorial spheres into dialogue. Contributors include: Charles Burnett, Jean-Charles Coulon, Maryam Ekhtiar, Noah Gardiner, Christiane Gruber, Bink Hallum, Francesca Leoni, Matthew Melvin-Koushki, Michael Noble, Rachel Parikh, Liana Saif, Maria Subtelny, Farouk Yahya, and Travis Zadeh.”
  • New Approaches to the Study of Esotericism [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] edited by Egil Asprem and Julian Strube, volume 17 of the Supplements to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion series, due April 2021—”This volume offers new approaches to some of the biggest persistent challenges in the study of esotericism and beyond. Commonly understood as a particularly ‘Western’ undertaking consisting of religious, philosophical, and ritual traditions that go back to Mediterranean antiquity, this book argues for a global approach that significantly expands the scope of esotericism and highlights its relevance for broader theoretical and methodological debates in the humanities and social sciences. The contributors offer critical interventions on aspects related to colonialism, race, gender and sexuality, economy, and marginality. Equipped with a substantial introduction and conclusion, the book offers textbook-style discussions of the state of research and makes concrete proposals for how esotericism can be rethought through broader engagement with neighboring fields.”
  • The Long Awakening of Adrienne Rich. Some called her coarse, extreme, too quick to change. In fact, she was always one step ahead.” About The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Hilary Holladay—”The first comprehensive biography of Adrienne Rich, feminist and queer icon and internationally revered National Book Award winning poet.”
  • All the World’s a Cage. Franz Kafka’s fictional entrapments.” About The Lost Writings [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] edited by Reiner Stach, translated by Michael Hofmann—”A windfall for every reader: a trove of marvelous impossible-to-find Kafka stories in a masterful new translation by Michael Hofmann.” “Selected by the preeminent Kafka biographer and scholar Reiner Stach and newly translated by the peerless Michael Hofmann, the seventy-four pieces gathered here have been lost to sight for decades and two of them have never been translated into English before. Some stories are several pages long; some run about a page; a handful are only a few lines long: all are marvels. Even the most fragmentary texts are revelations. These pieces were drawn from two large volumes of the S. Fischer Verlag edition Nachgelassene Schriften und Fragmente (totaling some 1100 pages).”
  • The Moral Contortions of the New University. Intellectual curiosity has been replaced by pro forma attention to representation.” By Justin E.H. Smith, author of 2019’s Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]—”A fascinating history that reveals the ways in which the pursuit of rationality often leads to an explosion of irrationality.” “It’s a story we can’t stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment enshrined rationality as the supreme value. Discovering that reason is the defining feature of our species, we named ourselves the “rational animal.” But is this flattering story itself rational? In this sweeping account of irrationality from antiquity to today–from the fifth-century BC murder of Hippasus for revealing the existence of irrational numbers to the rise of Twitter mobs and the election of Donald Trump–Justin Smith says the evidence suggests the opposite. From sex and music to religion and war, irrationality makes up the greater part of human life and history. Rich and ambitious, Irrationality ranges across philosophy, politics, and current events. Challenging conventional thinking about logic, natural reason, dreams, art and science, pseudoscience, the Enlightenment, the internet, jokes and lies, and death, the book shows how history reveals that any triumph of reason is temporary and reversible, and that rational schemes, notably including many from Silicon Valley, often result in their polar opposite. The problem is that the rational gives birth to the irrational and vice versa in an endless cycle, and any effort to permanently set things in order sooner or later ends in an explosion of unreason. Because of this, it is irrational to try to eliminate irrationality. For better or worse, it is an ineradicable feature of life. Illuminating unreason at a moment when the world appears to have gone mad again, Irrationality is fascinating, provocative, and timely.”
  • Antique Tears.” About The Age of Undress: Art, fashion and the classical ideal in the 1790s [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Amelia Rauser—”Neoclassicism recast as a feminine, progressive movement through the lens of empire-style fashion, as well as related art and literature.” “The Age of Undress explores the emergence and meaning of neoclassical dress in the 1790s, tracing its evolution from Naples to London and Paris over the course of a single decade. The neoclassical style of clothing—often referred to as robe à la grecque, empire style, or “undress”—is marked by a sheer, white, high-waisted muslin dress worn with minimal undergarments, often accessorized with a cashmere shawl. This style represented a dramatic departure from that of previous decades and was short lived: by the 1820s, corsets, silks, and hoop skirts were back in fashion. Amelia Rauser investigates this sudden transformation and argues that women styled themselves as living statues, artworks come to life, an aesthetic and philosophical choice intertwined with the experiments and innovations of artists working in other media during the same period. Although neoclassicism is often considered a cold, rational, and masculine movement, Rauser’s analysis shows that it was actually deeply passionate, with women at its core—as ideals and allegories, as artistic agents, and as important patrons.”
  • Why Can’t Women Be Serial Killers, Too?” About A Certain Hunger [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Chelsea G Summers, due in a few days—”A satire of early foodieism, a critique of how gender is defined, and a showcase of virtuoso storytelling, Chelsea G. Summers’s A Certain Hunger introduces us to the food world’s most charming psychopath and an exciting new voice in fiction.”
  • The Undying Half-Life of Yiddish.” About How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] edited by Ilan Stavans, Josh Lambert—”A momentous and diverse anthology of the influences and inspirations of Yiddish voices in America—radical, dangerous, and seductive, but also sweet, generous, and full of life—edited by award-winning authors and scholars Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert.” “Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? These and other questions are explored in this stunning and rich anthology of the interplay of Yiddish and American culture, edited by award-winning authors and scholars Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert. It starts with the arrival of Ashkenazi immigrants to New York City’s Lower East Side and follows Yiddish as it moves into Hollywood, Broadway, literature, politics, and resistance. We take deep dives into cuisine, language, popular culture, and even Yiddish in the other Americas, including Canada, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, and Colombia. The book presents a bountiful menu of genres: essays, memoir, song, letters, poems, recipes, cartoons, conversations, and much more. Authors include Nobel Prize-winner Isaac Bashevis Singer and luminaries such as Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, Chaim Grade, Michael Chabon, Abraham Cahan, Sophie Tucker, Blume Lempel, Irving Howe, Art Spiegelman, Alfred Kazin, Harvey Pekar, Ben Katchor, Paula Vogel, and Liana Finck. Readers will laugh and cry as they delve into personal stories of assimilation and learn about people from a diverse variety of backgrounds, Jewish and not, who have made the language their own. The Yiddish saying states: Der mentsh trakht un got lakht. Man plans and God laughs. How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish illustrates how those plans are full of zest, dignity, and tremendous humanity.”
  • Machiavelli: On Politics and Power [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Niccolò Machiavelli, introduction by Jon Lee Anderson, illustrations by Eko, due March, 2021—”Restless Classics presents a trenchant new edition of Machiavelli’s most powerful works of political philosophy, including The Prince and selections from Discourses on Livy, introduced by New Yorker writer and biographer of Che Guevara, Jon Lee Anderson.”
  • ‘Veblen’ Review: Scourge of the Elites His critique of wealth struck a chord in a progressive era, and to some still does.”
  • Inventing the authority of a modern self.” A review of Montaigne: Life without Law [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Pierre Manent, translated by Paul Seaton, part of the Catholic Ideas for a Secular World series—”In Montaigne: Life without Law, originally published in French in 2014 and now translated for the first time into English by Paul Seaton, Pierre Manent provides a careful reading of Montaigne’s three-volume work Essays. Although Montaigne’s writings resist easy analysis, Manent finds in them a subtle unity, and demonstrates the philosophical depth of Montaigne’s reflections and the distinctive, even radical, character of his central ideas. To show Montaigne’s unique contribution to modern philosophy, Manent compares his work to other modern thinkers, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Pascal, and Rousseau. What does human life look like without the imposing presence of the state? asks Manent. In raising this question about Montaigne’s Essays, Manent poses a question of great relevance to our contemporary situation. He argues that Montaigne’s philosophical reflections focused on what he famously called la condition humaine, the human condition. Manent tracks Montaigne’s development of this fundamental concept, focusing especially on his reworking of pagan and Christian understandings of virtue and pleasure, disputation and death. Bringing new form and content together, a new form of thinking and living is presented by Montaigne’s Essays, a new model of a thoughtful life from one of the unsung founders of modernity. Throughout, Manent suggests alternatives and criticisms, some by way of contrasts with other thinkers, some in his own name. This is philosophical engagement at a very high level. In showing the unity of Montaigne’s work, Manent’s study will appeal especially to students and scholars of political theory, the history of modern philosophy, modern literature, and the origins of modernity.”
  • Empire of fantasy. By conquering young minds, the writing of J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis worked to recapture a world that was swiftly ebbing away.”
  • Henrietta Lacks: science must right a historical wrong. In Henrietta Lacks’s centennial year, researchers must do more to ensure that human cells cannot be taken without consent.”
  • Pasco’s sheriff uses grades and abuse histories to label schoolchildren potential criminals. The kids and their parents don’t know.”
  • Meteor ‘as bright as the full moon’ caught on camera in Japan.”
  • I asked GPT-3 for the question to ’42’. I didn’t like its answer and neither will you. Can GPT-3 compute the ultimate question about life, the Universe and everything?”—”After all, we know from quantum mechanics that things are indeterminate unless an observer ‘asks the question’. Was reality an open-ended question, asking itself?”
  • Galaxy Brain Is Real. Looking at the long views from the Hubble space telescope might be good for you.”
  • The Navy Is Firing a Mysterious Weapon Today. It Sure Sounds Like a Railgun. Whatever it is, we know it’s going to be insanely loud.”
  • Iconic Arecibo Observatory radio telescope collapses after cable broke.”
  • ‘Sistine Chapel of the ancients’ rock art discovered in remote Amazon forest. Tens of thousands of ice age paintings across a cliff face shed light on people and animals from 12,500 years ago.”
  • This is where the next pandemic is likely to emerge. COVID-19 won’t be the last time a virus jumps from animals to humans and threatens humanity. Now scientists are trying to determine what factors are most likely to incubate the next deadly virus.”
  • Ex-Goop Contributor Kelly Brogan Brings Her COVID Denialism to Alt-Right Haven Telegram. After finding support from both Goop and psychiatry skeptics, Kelly Brogan has gone full conspiracy theorist, taking to ‘censorship-free’ Telegram to spew COVID denialism.”
  • The Pandemic Is Allowing Economic Abuse To Flourish.”
  • Watch “How QAnon Is Taking Over The GOP.”—”Are Trump’s typos secret messages? Are Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks, and Oprah eating children to live longer? Here’s what you need to know about QAnon.”
  • What hunting Bigfoot taught a Republican congressman about politics. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) doesn’t believe in Bigfoot. But he learned a lot by immersing himself in the world of those who do.”
  • This Jungian Life: Episode 137 – QAnon: Ancient Lies & Sexual Slanders—”When existing social structures break down, psychological splitting ensues in an effort to counteract fear and re-establish certainty. Collective projections demonize a selected ‘other’ and tend toward lurid attributions of badness: pedophilia, blood drinking, and devil worship. At the same time collectives project their need for leadership and unity onto a leader, investing the person with larger-than-life qualities. ”
  • 1918 Germany Has a Warning for America. Donald Trump’s ‘Stop the Steal’ campaign recalls one of the most disastrous political lies of the 20th century.”
  • How a Terror Group Recruited Budding Neo-Nazis. Members of groups like Patriot Front and the Green Brigade told members of the Base they felt like the neo-Nazi terror cell was the next step.”
  • Tweet—”Why is the Trump White House suddenly a very polite place to work? Everyone’s going around saying ‘pardon me.'”
  • ‘Look At What We Love. It’s on Fire’: Stephen Colbert on Trump Trauma, Leadership, and Loss. The late-night host is ready for a little less excitement: ‘If Joe Biden is a pair of khaki pants inside a manila envelope, that would be great.'”
  • Watch “Mass protests in Poland against law banning almost all abortions.”
  • Recent Dáil vote in Ireland about Magdalene Laundries &c:”Government Bill would seal documents on mother and baby homes.”
  • MOAR KRAKEN! “Newfound ‘Kraken merger’ may have been the biggest collision in Milky Way’s history.”
  • Preserving “The Heart of France” — Saving Notre Dame chronicles effort to rebuild France’s famous cathedral. ‘It’s the ultimate restoration and a perfect synergy between science and history.'”
  • Why Everyone’s Suddenly Hoarding Mason Jars. How the must-have hipster vessel of DIY authenticity also became a foreboding signal of the economy.”
  • The True Costs of Misinformation. Producing Moral and Technical Order in a Time of Pandemonium.”
  • Disambiguation, a Tragedy. The diminishing returns of distinction-making.”
  • More about this: “Earthlings, It Seems, Not Aliens, Removed the Utah Monolith. A photographer said four men dismantled the mysterious shiny object that has captivated the country.” Also “The mysterious silver monolith in the Utah desert has disappeared.” Also “Mystery monolith identical to one which disappeared in US desert reappears in Europe. A metal monolith identical to one which reportedly disappeared from a desert in Utah, US, after appearing there in mid-November has mysteriously been spotted on a Romanian hillside.” Also “Mysterious Monolith Update: Romanian Monolith Disappears in Middle of Night. Romania’s monolith disappeared on St. Andrew’s Day, a night associated with supernatural superstition.”
  • Hold up. Wait. If phallic symbols are disappearing then it must be witches taking penises as pets to decorate their Yule tree! Mystery solved! “Grünten statue: Mystery over missing phallic landmark.” Also “German police probe mystery of missing giant phallus statue.”
  • Nine of the Weirdest Penises in the Animal Kingdom. A short list of some of nature’s most curious phalluses, from the echidna’s four-headed unit to the dolphin’s prehensile member.”
  • If you practice yoga, thank this man who came to the U.S. 100 years ago.”
  • The Extremists Knocking on Doors and Claiming People’s Homes. Homeowners in the Seattle suburbs have been getting disturbing visits from members of the Moorish sovereign citizen movement.”
  • The Porn Industry and No Nut November Are at War. As an internet fad built on misinformation gains steam, the industry it threatens is finally punching back.”
  • How the Raunch-Com Shaped Millennial Masculinity, For Better and Worse. On the complicated legacy of American Pie and other late-‘90s and early-aughts teen comedies.”
  • Goin’ to the chapel. Gonna get sloshéd. “Transformed by the holy spirit? The bar pretending to be a church to beat Covid rules. A tequila bar in Nottingham has plans to get around tier 3 by registering itself as the Church of 400 Rabbits and claiming it is a place of worship. It’s not the only establishment trying to find loopholes.” Also “Tequila bar applies to become church to beat tier 3 rules. A tequila bar has applied to be classed as a place of worship to allow it to open while it is in tier three.”
  • About orthodoxy, heresy, and a cameo by Gnostic Saint Simon Magus: “Christianity’s Most Toxic Idea [and Its Ancient Origins].”
  • Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet is as Irreplaceable as Ever.” Watch “Romeo + Juliet“—”The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy gets a stylized, modern rock update: Verona Beach is the setting for the immortal pair of star-crossed lovers and their bored, violent families and friends.”
  • Watch “How Did They Pee in Those Dresses? A Superficial History of Underwear.”
  • Watch “What Ancient Egyptian Sounded Like – and how we know.”
  • Watch “Judgement on COVID-19 goes HEAVY METAL [Kenneth Copeland Remix] [I Demand]
  • Meet the new generation of puzzle-makers bringing mystery to your door. It’s 2020: Do your museum heists, archeological digs, and alchemy tests from home.”
  • Watch, from 2016: “Celts: Secrets of the carnyx.”
  • Watch “Dark ASMR ?Demonic Travel Agent ? Dante’s Tour Company.”
  • Watch “How to See | Joan Miró.” “As an artist obsessed with vision and ‘the eye of the picture that looks at us,’ Joan Miró is a perfect subject for our series ‘How to See.’ Here, on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Joan Miró: Birth of the World,’ curator Anne Umland and the artist’s grandson, Joan Punyet Miró, examine the ways in which Miro worked to achieve a heightened state of awareness in which to paint. Hear about the monsters of the subconscious, the way that history guides the moral imperatives of his art, and why he loved New York City.”
  • Watch “Steam Powered Giraffe – Hot on the Trail (Acoustic Version).” “Hot on the trail of a real fine life / This could be what it means to be alive / Can’t be too sure but it feels the right way / Love is infinite like sun rays”

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