Omnium Gatherum: 1jun2022

An irregular hodgepodge of links beyond the library curated together from @OmniumGatherum at Hrmtc I∴O∴ and more … Omnium Gatherum for June 1, 2022.

This is the first OG post of the month, so welcome all Patrons! And, in a year from now, when this is made public, hello to everyone!

I’ve gone back and made all OG posts from May 2021, a year ago, available to the public, so also check those out, and get a reminder of what was going on that month, last year.

Also, if you’re not following along already, do consider checking out the new Omnium Gatherum social account. You can follow OG in the ‘verse from any instance, just join Mastodon. (You can also follow OG by just heading to the account page on the web, or adding it to your favourite RSS reader app.) In fact, following from an instance where no one else follows help spread OG posts to more people that wouldn’t have seen them. Also, once you’re in the ‘verse, follow all of the things!

After following OG in the ‘verse, as I say in that account’s profile: “Participate by tagging this account with what you’ve found.” If you’ve something you think is particularly worth curating for others then tagged me in and if I agree it’s notable, I’ll boost and maybe feature that on the blog in a curated post. Also, if you do, please strongly consider also including at least one of the “core” topic tags I list.

Although the OG account in the ‘verse is nominally a “raw, eclectic firehose” it actually is already curated from all the stuff I see and save in other tools. What’s there is stuff from my other tools that rises to some even higher arbitrary level of noteworthiness than just one of my personal bookmarks. Way too much, even still! Which is why I do yet another round of curation from there, into OG posts, like this one!

Also, you may notice a distinct change in the character of this when compared to previous curated OG posts. I’m still trying to figure out what these look like, now that there’s a public social account people can check out, and help curate this from by being open to everyone directly participating, but that’s really why the change. I’m trying to let the interactions from the social account determine more what’s in these. So there may have been things (especially things not timely, esoteric, or book) that I might have included before that I’m not now because they didn’t get interactions on the social account. Want more of that back? Come join in helping that happen on the social account! Have stuff that I’m not sharing there, but you think would be of interest to people? Post that and mention my OG account so I see it!

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

  • Zoom Lectures in June & July at The Last Tuesday Society, including The Development of Austin Osman Spare’s Work with Michael Staley on June 5; Witchcraft, Wunderkammer and Weirdness!: Steve Patterson’s Cornish Cabinet of Magic and Folklore on June 15, Hilma af Klint & the occult milieu in turn of century Sweden by P Faxneld on June 16, City of the Beast: The London of Aleister Crowley by Phil Baker on Jun 18, and much more.
  • Watch “How Sun Mythologies Are Universal.”
  • The Return of Magic in Art“—”Throughout the modern era, ever since the Symbolists and ‘decadents’ of the late-nineteenth century, Western artists, bohemians and intellectuals have rebelled against the moral and religious orthodoxies by adopting invented or rediscovered occultism from the past, and borrowed from non-Western spiritualism of all kinds: … in Aleister Crowley’s neo-paganist ‘religion’ …”
  • Discover Which Tarot Card Represents You. Gain spiritual clarity by learning about which card best captures you.”—”However, the structure of modern-day tarot decks do have a clear line that came from the creation of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, which was released in 1909 by members of a hermetic order called the Golden Dawn.”
  • Tom Morello’s favourite guitar solos“—”But number three is interesting because he performed on a track that paid direct tribute to the occultist himself: Aleister Crowley. ‘Number one A and number one B are the solos on [Ozzy Osbourne’s] ‘Mr Crowley’ by Randy Rhoads,’ Morello said.”
  • Excavation of Holy Sepulchre May Reveal More Hidden Mysteries: Archaeologists.”
  • Prejudices that led to witch-hunts still affect women today, says historian. Lucy Worsley, whose BBC TV series focuses on powerless people, says women continue to bear brunt of men’s rage.”
  • Last Salem ‘Witch’ Pardoned 329 Years After She Was Sentenced to Death. Lawmakers agreed to reconsider the case of Elizabeth Johnson Jr. after an eighth-grade civics class took up her cause and researched the legislative steps needed to clear her name.”
  • New research shows no evidence of structural brain change with short-term mindfulness training.”
  • Scots man reveals Loch Ness monster may have a pal after spotting two creatures through his binoculars. Glenn Blevins, from Inverness, first reported the sighting of not one but two “large animate objects” in the water on Good Friday.”
  • 5 Pieces Of Bonkers History Hiding In Classic Artwork“—”The Tuscan Dick-Tree Reveals Medieval Witchcraft And Middle Ages-Propaganda”
  • Crowley’s London.” About City of the Beast: The London of Aleister Crowley [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Phil Baker, foreword by Timothy D’Arch Smith—”A work that combines biography and pyschogeography to trace Aleister Crowley’s life in London. ‘I dreamed I was paying a visit to London,’ Aleister Crowley wrote in Italy, continuing, ‘It was a vivid, long, coherent, detailed affair of several days, with so much incident that it would make a good-sized volume.’ Crowley had a love-hate relationship with London, but the city was where he spent much of his adult life, and it was the capital of the culture that created him: Crowley was a post-decadent with deviant Victorian roots in the cultural ferment of the 1890s and the magical revival of the Golden Dawn. Not a walking guide, although many routes could be pieced together from its pages, this is a biography by sites. A fusion of life-writing with psychogeography, steeped in London’s social history from Victoria to the Blitz, it draws extensively on unpublished material and offers an exceptionally intimate picture of the Great Beast. We follow Crowley as he searches for prostitutes in Hyde Park and Pimlico, drinks absinthe and eats Chinese food in Soho, and find himself down on his luck in Paddington Green—and never quite losing sight of the illumination that drove him: ‘the abiding rapture,’ he wrote in his diary, ‘which makes a ‘bus in the street sound like an angel choir!'”
  • Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books and the New Testament [Amazon, Bookshop, Local Library] eds Carol Meyers, Toni Craven, Ross S Kraemer—”Women in Scripture is a landmark one-volume reference work exploring all the women mentioned in the Bible, named and unnamed, well known and heretofore not known at all. The book comprises more than 800 articles, written by the finest scholars in the field, that examine the numerous women who have often been obscured by the androcentric nature of the biblical record and by centuries of translation and interpretation that have paid little or no attention to them. The women of scripture are remarkably varied–from prophets to prostitutes, military heroines to musicians, deacons to dancers, widows to wet nurses, rulers to slaves. Here are familiar faces, such as Eve, Judith, and Mary, seen anew with the full benefit of the most up-to-date biblical scholarship. But the most innovative aspect of the book is the section devoted to the many women who in the scriptures do not even have names. In both scope and accessibility, Women in Scripture is an exceptional work. Combining rigorous scholarship with engaging prose, these articles on women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books, and the New Testament will inform, delight, and challenge all readers interested in the Bible.”
  • The dark side of Casanova’s hedonism. By today’s standards, Leo Damrosch recounts, he was a rapist and murderer.” About Adventurer: The Life and Times of Giacomo Casanova [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Leo Damrosch—”The life of the iconic libertine Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798) has never been told in the depth it deserves. An alluring representative of the Enlightenment’s shadowy underside, Casanova was an aspiring priest, an army officer, a fortune teller, a con man, a magus, a violinist, a mathematician, a Masonic master, an entrepreneur, a diplomat, a gambler, a spy—and the first to tell his own story. In his vivid autobiography Histoire de Ma Vie, he recorded at least a hundred and twenty love affairs, as well as dramatic sagas of duels, swindles, arrests, and escapes. He knew kings and an empress, Catherine the Great, and most of the famous writers of the time, including Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin. Drawing on seldom used materials, including the original French and Italian primary sources, and probing deeply into the psychology, self-conceptions, and self-deceptions of one of the world’s most famous con men and seducers, Leo Damrosch offers a gripping, mature, and devastating account of an Enlightenment man, freed from the bounds of moral convictions.”
  • Defining Shugendo: Critical Studies on Japanese Mountain Religion [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] eds Andrea Castiglioni, Fabio Rambelli, Carina Roth—”Defining Shugendo brings together leading international experts on Japanese mountain asceticism to discuss what has been an essential component of Japanese religions for more than a thousand years. Contributors explore how mountains have been abodes of deities, a resting place for the dead, sources of natural bounty and calamities, places of religious activities, and a vast repository of symbols. The book shows that many peoples have chosen them as sites for ascetic practices, claiming the potential to attain supernatural powers there. This book discusses the history of scholarship on Shugendo, the development process of mountain worship, and the religious and philosophical features of devotion at specific sacred mountains. Moreover, it reveals the rich material and visual culture associated with Shugendo, from statues and steles, to talismans and written oaths.”
  • Hook-ups, pansexuals and holy connection: love in the time of millennials and Generation Z.” About Heartland: What is the future of modern love? [Amazon, Publisher, Local Library] by Jennifer Pinkerton—”Based on interviews across Australia, Heartland guides readers through the intimate world of love, sex, dating, and commitment among millennials and Generation Z.” “Finding love and quenching lust are desires humankind has sought for millennia. Today the internet plays a key role in how we find companionship and connection, but for writer Jennifer Pinkerton – who’s traversing her own ups and downs in love and commitment – this new era of dating apps, omnipresent porn and increasingly fluid identities begs the question: what is the future of modern love? This one-of-a-kind book blends reportage, memoir, extensive research and lyrical prose to take us on a journey into the heart-scapes of young Australians. Informed by interviews with more than 100 people under 40 – from transgender Aboriginal sistagirls in the Tiwi Islands to conservative Catholics living in Sydney – this book explores the hopes, fears and realities of romantic relationships at a time marked by great expectations and far fewer rules. Heartland is a probing and insightful exploration of how love, sex and dating are changing – for better or worse. It gives us a window into the way we live now, and what this might mean for our futures.”
  • Watch “THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING | Official Trailer | MGM Studios“—”What would you wish for? From director George Miller, watch the official trailer for 3000 Years Of Longing now. Only in theaters this Summer.” Dir George Miller, with Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton! Based on The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by A S Byatt—”The magnificent title story of this collection of fairy tales for adults describes the strange and uncanny relationship between its extravagantly intelligent heroine–a world renowned scholar of the art of story-telling–and the marvelous being that lives in a mysterious bottle, found in a dusty shop in an Istanbul bazaar. As A.S. Byatt renders this relationship with a powerful combination of erudition and passion, she makes the interaction of the natural and the supernatural seem not only convincing, but inevitable. The companion stories in this collection each display different facets of Byatt’s remarkable gift for enchantment. They range from fables of sexual obsession to allegories of political tragedy; they draw us into narratives that are as mesmerizing as dreams and as bracing as philosophical meditations; and they all us to inhabit an imaginative universe astonishing in the precision of its detail, its intellectual consistency, and its splendor.”
  • Two Professors Found What Creates a Mass Shooter. Will Politicians Pay Attention? Mass shooters overwhelmingly fit a certain profile, say Jillian Peterson and James Densley, which means it’s possible to ID and treat them before they commit violence.”—”There’s this really consistent pathway. Early childhood trauma seems to be the foundation, whether violence in the home, sexual assault, parental suicides, extreme bullying. Then you see the build toward hopelessness, despair, isolation, self-loathing, oftentimes rejection from peers. That turns into a really identifiable crisis point where they’re acting differently. Sometimes they have previous suicide attempts.” “What’s different from traditional suicide is that the self-hate turns against a group. They start asking themselves, “Whose fault is this?” Is it a racial group or women or a religious group, or is it my classmates? The hate turns outward. There’s also this quest for fame and notoriety.” “I don’t think most people realize that these are suicides, in addition to homicides. Mass shooters design these to be their final acts. When you realize this, it completely flips the idea that someone with a gun on the scene is going to deter this. If anything, that’s an incentive for these individuals.” About The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Jillian Peterson and James Densley.
  • HarperCollins snaps up memoir by le Carré’s secret muse Suleika Dawson.” About The Secret Heart: John Le Carré: An Intimate Memoir [Amazon UK, Bookshop UK, Publisher] by Suleika Dawson, due October 2022—”The astonishing new portrait of the master of spy fiction, by the woman he kept secret for almost half his life. John le Carré led a life entirely constructed of secrets – not just in his first career, as a British spy and agent runner during the height of the Cold War or in his second, as a world-renowned writer of espionage fiction, but also in his personal involvements. He guarded his private life with fierce determination, fending off all would-be biographers until his ninth decade, when he finally relented and permitted his life story to be written. But there was still one element that he insisted be excluded, even then: the women. Despite being married for virtually all of his adult life, le Carré had a number of secret affairs. Most often conducted abroad with women he met by chance on his travels, these relationships were always intense, occasionally dramatic and sometimes even tragic, yet each was destined to last no more than a few months. But there was one that was of an entirely different order; one great love affair that withstood the test of time; just one woman in all his life whom le Carré took into the innermost sanctum of both his writing and his heart. Of all le Carré’s undisclosed loves, she was the only one who was ever truly his ‘secret sharer’, the only one he ever let that far in. The Secret Heart is the account of Suleika Dawson’s enduring love affair with John le Carré. Written with fearless honesty and insight, by turns funny and sad, the book sheds a bold new light on one of the greatest British writers of the 20th Century and offers an alternative measure of the man over the literary legend.”
  • Indigenous People Have Been Here Forever. Why Won’t Archeologists Believe It? An Indigenous archeologist on how her discipline has shaped the view of the ground beneath our feet.” About The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Paulette F C Steeves—”The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere is a reclaimed history of the deep past of Indigenous people in North and South America during the Paleolithic. Paulette F. C. Steeves mines evidence from archaeology sites and Paleolithic environments, landscapes, and mammalian and human migrations to make the case that people have been in the Western Hemisphere not only just prior to Clovis sites (10,200 years ago) but for more than 60,000 years, and likely more than 100,000 years. Steeves discusses the political history of American anthropology to focus on why pre-Clovis sites have been dismissed by the field for nearly a century. She explores supporting evidence from genetics and linguistic anthropology regarding First Peoples and time frames of early migrations. Additionally, she highlights the work and struggles faced by a small yet vibrant group of American and European archaeologists who have excavated and reported on numerous pre-Clovis archaeology sites. In this first book on Paleolithic archaeology of the Americas written from an Indigenous perspective, The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere includes Indigenous oral traditions, archaeological evidence, and a critical and decolonizing discussion of the development of archaeology in the Americas.”
  • Kim Stanley Robinson’s love letter to the wilderness. The acclaimed science-fiction writer turns his hand to nature writing in a book that’s part hiking journal, part history lesson.” About The High Sierra: A Love Story [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Kim Stanley Robinson—”Kim Stanley Robinson first ventured into the Sierra Nevada mountains during the summer of 1973. He returned from that encounter a changed man, awed by a landscape that made him feel as if he were simultaneously strolling through an art museum and scrambling on a jungle gym like an energized child. He has returned to the mountains throughout his life—more than a hundred trips—and has gathered a vast store of knowledge about them. The High Sierra is his lavish celebration of this exceptional place and an exploration of what makes this span of mountains one of the most compelling places on Earth. Over the course of a vivid and dramatic narrative, Robinson describes the geological forces that shaped the Sierras and the history of its exploration, going back to the indigenous peoples who made it home and whose traces can still be found today. He celebrates the people whose ideas and actions protected the High Sierra for future generations. He describes uniquely beautiful hikes and the trails to be avoided. Robinson’s own life-altering events, defining relationships, and unforgettable adventures form the narrative’s spine. And he illuminates the human communion with the wild and with the sublime, including the personal growth that only seems to come from time spent outdoors. The High Sierra is a gorgeous, absorbing immersion in a place, born out of a desire to understand and share one of the greatest rapture-inducing experiences our planet offers. Packed with maps, gear advice, more than 100 breathtaking photos, and much more, it will inspire veteran hikers, casual walkers, and travel readers to prepare for a magnificent adventure.”
  • The Collateral Damage of Queen Elizabeth’s Glorious Reign. In Tina Brown’s ‘The Palace Papers,’ other royals stand and wait, but what purpose do they serve?” About The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor–the Truth and the Turmoil [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Tina Brown—”‘Never again’ became Queen Elizabeth II’s mantra shortly after Princess Diana’s tragic death. More specif­ically, there could never be ‘another Diana’—a mem­ber of the family whose global popularity upstaged, outshone, and posed an existential threat to the Brit­ish monarchy. Picking up where Tina Brown’s masterful The Diana Chronicles left off, The Palace Papers reveals how the royal family reinvented itself after the trau­matic years when Diana’s blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet. Brown takes readers on a tour de force journey through the scandals, love affairs, power plays, and betrayals that have buffeted the monarchy over the last twenty-five years. We see the Queen’s stoic re­solve after the passing of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother, and Prince Philip, her partner for seven decades, and how she triumphs in her Jubilee years even as family troubles rage around her. Brown explores Prince Charles’s determination to make Camilla Parker Bowles his wife, the tension between William and Harry on ‘different paths,’ the ascend­ance of Kate Middleton, the downfall of Prince An­drew, and Harry and Meghan’s stunning decision to step back as senior royals. Despite the fragile monar­chy’s best efforts, ‘never again’ seems fast approaching. Tina Brown has been observing and chronicling the British monarchy for three decades, and her sweeping account is full of powerful revelations, newly reported details, and searing insight gleaned from remarkable access to royal insiders. Stylish, witty, and erudite, The Palace Papers will irrevoca­bly change how the world perceives and under­stands the royal family.”
  • The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Ellen Meiksins Wood—”How did the dynamic economic system we know as capitalism develop among the peasants and lords of feudal Europe? In The Origin of Capitalism, a now-classic work of history, Ellen Meiksins Wood offers readers a clear and accessible introduction to the theories and debates concerning the birth of capitalism, imperialism, and the modern nation state. Capitalism is not a natural and inevitable consequence of human nature, nor simply an extension of age-old practices of trade and commerce. Rather, it is a late and localized product of very specific historical conditions, which required great transformations in social relations and in the relationship between humans and nature. This new edition is substantially revised and expanded, with extensive new material on imperialism, anti-Eurocentric history, capitalism and the nation-state, and the differences between capitalism and non-capitalist commerce. The author traces links between the origin of capitalism and contemporary conditions such as ‘globalization’, ecological degradation, and the current agricultural crisis.”
  • Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Cataline de Erauso, trans Michele Stepto and Gabriel Stepto, foreword by Marjorie Garber—”Born in 1585, Catalina de Erauso led one of the most wildly fantastic lives of any woman in history. Refusing to be regimented into the quiet habits of a nun’s life, she escaped from a Basque convent at age fourteen dressed as a man, and continuing her deception, ventured to Peru and Chile as a soldier in the Spanish army. After mistakenly killing her own brother in a duel, she roamed the Andean highlands, becoming a gambler and a killer, and always just evading the grasp of the law. Distinguished for her fighting skills and cursed with a quick temper, Catalina de Erauso spent much of her life balancing precariously between valor and villainy. One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, Lieutenant Nun offers a portrait of a bold young girl who defied her society’s gender roles, yet remained committed to its service as a participant in the conquest of the Americas. She is an adored folkloric hero of the Spanish-speaking world, and this delightful translation introduces a new audience to the audacious escapades of Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun.”
  • Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Lisa Kröger, Melanie R Anderson—”Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond. Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband’s heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of Margaret “Mad Madge” Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of Shirley Jackson, whose novel The Haunting of Hill House was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You’ll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Colter, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today’s vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales. Part biography, part reader’s guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories.” See also the Monster, She Wrote series.
  • The Challenge of Making Art in a Culture That Cheapens It. In Alexander Maksik’s “The Long Corner,” a writer leaves a dreary city for an enigmatic, possibly sinister artists’ colony.” About The Long Corner [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Alexander Maksik—”A bold novel about ambition, grief, creativity, beauty, and existential emptiness that retraces the arc of American life and culture in the first decades of the 21st century. It is early 2017 in New York City, Donald Trump is President, and Solomon Fields, a young Jewish journalist-turned-advertising hack, finds himself disillusioned by the hollowness and conformity of American life and language. Once brimming with dreams and ideals instilled in him by his eternally bohemian grandmother, a survivor of the Holocaust who has dedicated her life to passion and pleasure, Sol now finds the senseless jargon he produces at work seeping into all aspects of the world around him—and most disturbingly, into the art that his beloved grandmother taught him to revere. A personal tragedy drives Sol to leave New York and accept an invitation to The Coded Garden, an artists’ colony on a tropical island, whose mysterious patron, Sebastian Light, seems to offer the very escape Sol desperately needs. But the longer he remains in the Garden, the more Light comes to resemble Trump himself, and the games he plays with Sol become more dangerous. Slowly lines begin to blur—between reality and performance, sincerity and manipulation, art and life, beauty and emptiness—until Sol finds that he must question everything: his past, his convictions, and his very sanity.”
  • AI is changing the way people relate to other beings. James Bridle explains how in ‘Ways of Being'” About Ways of Being: Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by James Bridle—”Artist, technologist, and philosopher James Bridle’s Ways of Being is a brilliant, searching exploration of different kinds of intelligence—plant, animal, human, artificial—and how they transform our understanding of humans’ place in the cosmos. What does it mean to be intelligent? Is it something unique to humans, or shared with other beings—beings of flesh, wood, stone, and silicon? The last few years have seen rapid advances in “artificial” intelligence. But as it approaches, it also gets weirder: rather than a friend or helpmate, AI increasingly appears as something stranger than we ever imagined, an alien invention that threatens to decenter and supplant us. At the same time, we’re only just becoming aware of the other intelligences which have been with us all along, even if we’ve failed to recognize or acknowledge them. These others—the animals, plants, and natural systems that surround us are slowly revealing their complexity, agency, and knowledge, just as the technologies we’ve built to sustain ourselves are threatening to cause their extinction, and ours. What can we learn from them, and how can we change ourselves, our technologies, our societies, and our politics, to live better and more equitably with one another and the non-human world? Artist and maverick thinker James Bridle drawn on biology and physics, computation, literature, art, and philosophy, to answer these unsettling questions. Startling and bold, Ways of Being explores the fascinating, strange and multitudinous forms of knowing, doing, and being which are becoming evident in the present, and which are essential for our survival.”
  • The Anti-Vaccine Movement’s New Frontier. A wave of parents has been radicalized by Covid-era misinformation to reject ordinary childhood immunizations — with potentially lethal consequences.”
  • A Florida class president couldn’t discuss being gay in high school graduation speech — so he talked about his curly hair.”
  • I’m begging space sims to stop turning themselves into shooters. A galaxy of infinite possibilities reduced to men with guns.”
  • The Lady Afterwards—”The Lady Afterwards is a Cultist Simulator TRPG for 2-8 players, set in 1920s Alexandria. It takes place in the world of the Secret Histories, where hidden gods watch over a world of apocalypse, yearning and forbidden arts. It’s a non-linear, combat-light, story-centric tabletop RPG: an occult Egyptian noir inspired by classics like Chaosium’s Horror on the Orient Express”
  • “The 3.x DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS tabletop roleplaying line, 2003-2007. FIFTY DUNGEONS. A new MEGABUNDLE with four dozen-plus GOODMAN GAMES modules in .PDF”—”This Fifty-Dungeon Megabundle gathers more than four dozen tabletop fantasy roleplaying modules in the original d20 System Dungeon Crawl Classics line from Goodman Games.” Bundle with 12 days to go …
  • “Humble RPG Book Bundle: Starfinder Bug-Buster Bundle from Paizo.”—”Explore the stars in the beloved science-fantasy TTRPG! Navigate the stars in a universe where gods, magic, and technology intersect and become the intergalactic hero you’ve always wanted to be in Paizo’s legendary science-fantasy tabletop role-playing game, Starfinder!” Bundle with 12 days to go …
  • Deepdwn by billiam—”Explore, study, create. Markdown editor and organizer.” “A wildly feature-full markdown editor, that even have (optional) special effects. Inexpensive, plus community copies for those experiencing financial hardship.”
  • Bundle for Reproductive Rights. A bundle hosted by mishagw with content from 267 creators. Buy 454 items for $5 Regularly ~$1,895 Save 99%!” This was converted from a jam.
  • Mutant Chronicles: PDF Lover’s Definitive Collection—”All proceeds from this and the sale of other Mutant Chronicles RPG products through to the end of June 2022 will go to our RollVsEvil not-for-profit support for Ukraine front line aid.” Less than $7 for the whole PDF collection.
  • Critical Role’s newest DM changes the game. An interview with Dimension 20 star Brennan Lee Mulligan.”

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