Same as It Ever Was?: Eternal Recurrence in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
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While Friedrich Nietzsche popularised the notion of an “eternal return” — in which one’s life would occur again, forever, exactly as it did before — the concept was itself a repetition. Claire Hall explores various shades of this idea in ancient philosophy, from Pythagorean metempsychosis to Stoic predictions about a cosmological reset ..read more
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Love Spells and Deadly Shrieks: Illustrations of Mandrakes (ca. 650–1927)
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More than 70 images of the magical, hallucinogenic, and perilous mandrake ..read more
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The Gilded Gallows of Georg Honauer (1597)
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1w ago
A broadside illustration depicting the execution of an alchemist, hanged upon a gallows made from the very object of his crime ..read more
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The Little Journal of Rejects (1896)
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A literary magazine whose criterion for acceptance was simple: each piece had to have been previously rejected ..read more
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Professor Megalow’s Dinosaur Bones: Richard Owen and Victorian Literature
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2w ago
Richard Owen, the Victorian scientist who first named the “dinosaurs”, claimed that he could identify an animal, even an extinct one, from inspecting a single bone. Richard Fallon revisits other Owen-inspired fictions — by R. D. Blackmore, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Charles Kingsley — and finds literature layered with scientific, religious, and political interventions, spurred by the discovery of prehistoric life ..read more
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Mayday, Mayday: Capital and Labor (1907)
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A treatise on the challenges facing workers — and potential solutions — that advocates socialism at the turn of the 20th century ..read more
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Photographs of Palestinian Life (ca. 1896–1919)
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2w ago
Stereographs depicting daily life in Palestine before the British Mandate ..read more
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Maria Catharina Prestel’s Printed Cabinet of Drawings (ca. 1780s)
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3w ago
Aquatint engravings that were employed to reproduce the tonal subtleties of drawings ..read more
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Pseudo-Boccaccio, Yiddish Pulp Fiction, and the Man Who Ripped Off Joyce
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1M ago
In 1927, a pair of lurid “translations” appeared in English, marketed as authentic tales by Giovanni Boccaccio and illustrated with supposedly new works by Aubrey Beardsley. Jonah Lubin and Maria Laurids Lazzarotti search for the origin of these fakes, in which illicit sex begets terrible violence, and uncover a story involving pseudotranslation, Yiddish shund literature, and the piracy king of literary modernism, Samuel Roth ..read more
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Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater’s Occult Chemistry (1908)
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A chemistry treatise that weds the hard sciences with theosophical insight, making a microscope of the psychic mind ..read more
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