February 23rd, 2016 – No time for introductions this week. There’s a wealth of news and information contained in the newsletter below.
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– SMiles Lewis / Founder
Book of the Week:
Hot Corn – Life Scenes in New York Illustrated
by Solon Robinson (1854)
This is one of the rare old books from our Robert C. Girard Collection. To my knowledge, it has nothing to do with anomalies research and is just an example of his rare book collecting. The book is one of the oldest in our collection and appears to be a first edition. While it may not contain any paranormal folk tales it seems that it was a notable literary contribution in its day, despite much criticism…
“The book is a collection of stories set in New York City’s impoverished Five Points neighborhood, and first appeared in the New York Tribune in 1853.
One of stories was that of Little Katy, a hot corn seller on the street, who is beaten to death by her alcoholic mother who needs Katy’s income to support her drinking, after Katy’s corn supply is stolen.
Though it garnered some positive press for promoting morality, especially in religious newspapers (for example, the Christian Secretary of Hartford, Connecticut said “The Hot Corn stories are eloquent appeals in favor of temperance and virtue”), the book (and stage adaptations) were also the subject of much scorn by critics. The New York Herald faulted the book for “giving minute descriptions of life in fashionable houses of ill-fame, and entering into the details of seduction, licentiousness and debauchery, with a gusto, ill concealed by the pretence of morality.” The Southern Literary Messenger excoriated the book, proclaiming that “to say that the man who deliberately writes and prints such perilous and damnable stuff deserves a place in the penitentiary, is feebly to express our notion of the enormity of his offence.”
Author Henry James wrote in his autobiography he was prevented from reading Hot Corn as a child; a copy was given to his father with the admonishment that it wasn’t proper for children to read. James wrote that “so great became from that moment the mystery of the tabooed book, of whatever identity; the question, in my breast, of why, if it was to be so right for others, it was only to be wrong for me….. Neither then nor afterwards was the secret of “Hot Corn” revealed to me …” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took his sons to see one of the plays in April 1854 and called it “wretched stuff.” – Wikipedia.org
Check out some more links about this book, or read digital copies of it at the links below:
[Illustration above is of a “Hot Corn girl” from the book Hot Corn
by John McLenan, engraved by Nathaniel Orr]
As we mentioned in last week’s newsletter, much of our efforts at preserving the legacies of various Anomalist / Fortean seekers is necessarily the result of their passage from the world of the living into the great beyond. Some contributors to the eternal search for knowledge and truth aren’t necessarily considered “researchers” per se, but they have made significant contributions through their writing nonetheless. Therefore, in honor of such visionaries and writers on the human condition and the philosophy of existence, we remember two recently departed souls for your consideration…
Umberto Eco – (5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016)
“…was an Italian novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher and semiotician. He is best known for his groundbreaking 1980 historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory. He later wrote other novels, including Il pendolo di Foucault (Foucault’s Pendulum) and L’isola del giorno prima (The Island of the Day Before). His novel Il cimitero di Praga (The Prague Cemetery), released in 2010, was a best-seller. – Wikipedia.org
Excerpt below from Down the Rabbit Hole: Curiouser and Curiouser – EsoterX.com
“A passage from Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum succinctly captures the warp and the weave, the want and the wish, the way in which we work towards belief and understanding. The wise occultist Dr. Agliè, commenting on a fictional work called The Secret Language of the Pyramids, explains how the author measured the Great Pyramid of Cheops and determined that esoteric knowledge was encoded in its dimensions, proceeding to do the same with a newspaper kiosk in downtown Paris. Eco’s conspiracy enthusiasts are disconcerted, assuming that Agliè consequently rejects all numerologies out of hand. Agliè protests, “On the contrary, I believe firmly. I believe the universe is a great symphony of numerical correspondences, I believe that numbers and their symbolism provide a path to special knowledge. But if the world, below and above, is a system of correspondences where tout se tient, it’s natural for the kiosk and pyramid, both works of man, to reproduce in their structure, unconsciously, the harmonies of the cosmos. The so-called pyramidologists discover with their incredibly torturous methods a straightforward truth, a truth far more ancient, and one already known. It is the logic of research and discovery that is tortuous, because it is the logic of science. Whereas the logic of knowledge needs no discovery, because it knows already. Why must it demonstrate that which could not be otherwise? If there is a secret, it is much more profound. These authors of yours simply remain on the surface”.“
- Umberto Eco, 1932-2016, BoingBoing.net
- The Dan Brown phenomenon: Foucault’s Pendulum – PhilipCoppens.com
- Down the Rabbit Hole: Curiouser and Curiouser – EsoterX.com
Harper Lee – (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016)
“…was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. Though Lee had only published this single book, in 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Additionally, Lee received numerous honorary degrees, though she declined to speak on those occasions. She was also known for assisting her close friend Truman Capote in his research for the book In Cold Blood (1966). Capote was the basis for the character Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird.
The plot and characters of To Kill a Mockingbird are loosely based on Lee’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The novel deals with the irrationality of adult attitudes towards race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s, as depicted through the eyes of two children. The novel was inspired by racist attitudes in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
Another novel, Go Set a Watchman, was written in the mid-1950s and controversially published in July 2015 as a “sequel”, though it was later confirmed to be To Kill a Mockingbird’s first draft.” – Wikipedia.org
- Go Set a Watchman review – more complex than Harper Lee’s original classic, but less compelling – TheGuardian.com
- Harper Lee: the ‘great lie’ she didn’t write Mockingbird rears its head again – TheGuardian.com
- What if ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is fantasy and ‘Go Set a Watchman’ is reality? Mashable.com
Here are a some other headlines of note for this week:
Inside the Artificial Universe That Creates Itself – TheAtlantic.com
- Unidentified Scholarly Subject – Texas Monthly on Whitley Strieber
- S.A.’s Strieber explores unexplained occurences: Strieber makes case for study of ‘super natural’ by Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News. Ed Conroy (author of Report on Communion) will be interviewing Whitley Strieber live-on-stage at this year’s San Antonio Book Festival, April 2nd
- Vintage variety in space travelers, male and female! – YankeeSkeptic.com (Circa 2013)
- Flashback: Jasun Horsley’s series on Whitley Strieber: Prisoner of Infinity and more… AutiCulture.com – A Journal of Extra-Consensual Perceptions
- The Lost Cities of UFO Reports by Cheryl Costa, SyracuseNewTimes.com
- Underground city comes to surface – HurriyetDailyNews.com
- HoaxMap.org – This brilliant map is debunking myths about the refugee crisis – Independent.co.uk
- Study challenges widely accepted theory of Yellowstone formation – HeritageDaily.com
- Memory Hackers: Scientists are learning how we can edit memories—and delete our worst fears. (Aired February 10, 2016 on PBS)
- All in the mind? How research is proving the true healing power of the placebo – TheGuardian.com
- ‘Scientist of the Year’ Claims Proof for Sound Healing – HumansAreFree.com
- The F-117 Stealth Fighter Program Actually Had A ‘Klingon Cloaking Device’ – FoxTrotAlpha / Jalopnik.com
- The “Recollections ” of Sonora Aero Club. The Intriguing collages of a retired butcher and a self taught artist from the 1920s – TheVintageNews.com
- Monkey of the Dead by Nick Redfern – Mysterious Universe
- Shape Shifting Black Cats by Nick Redfern – JimHarold.com
- Mystery ‘hobbits’ not humans like us: study – Phys.org
- Natural History Museums Are Teeming With Undiscovered Species – TheAtlantic.com
- New North Georgia museum explores legend of ‘Bigfoot’ – Fox5Atlant.com
- Saskatchewan named after sasquatch? Fox Sports announcer thinks so, Ken Gousseau, CTV Regina
- Saskatchewan not named after sasquatches, residents insist – CTVAnews.ca (Featuring Chris Rutkowski)
- With rumors flying, scientists are set to make a big announcement on gravitational waves – WashingtonPost.com
- To investigate or not to investigate? Researchers’ views on unexplored atmospheric light phenomena by Etienne Caron and Pouya Faridi, Frontiers in Earth Science / Atmospheric Science
- Timothy Green Beckley – Mr. UFO The King of All Unpaid Media Reveals the Truth about Paranormal Radio by Sean Casteel, Spectral Vision
- Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs – TheWeek.com
- Masonic and Odd Fellow Exhibition: Esoteric Secret Societies in America – BrutForce.com
- How the World’s Oldest Secret Society Is Becoming More Transparent – Vice.com
- Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About ‘Ghostwriter’ – AtlasObscura.com
- Welcome to the World of Library Bars – PastMagazine.com
- Lost Tapes Reveal Apollo Astronauts Heard Unexplained ‘Music’ On Far Side Of The Moon – HuffingtonPost.com
- UFOs, mutilated cows and Oregon: What’s the link? (photos) The Oregonian / OregonLive.com
- International UFO Congress is not just for believers (Video) AzFamily.com
Featured Audio / Video Podcasts –
- Gray Barker: The Man Who Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers featuring Allen Greenfield, Steve Ward and David Houchin (head of the Gray Barker Collection located in the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library) YouTube
- Exploring-The-Bizarre: Whitley Strieber and Peter Robbins audio interview with special appearance by Lee Spiegel (MP3) – KCORradio.com
- G & Coletti Podcast Ep. 1: Graham Hancock – Collective-Evolution.com
- Conspirinormal Episode 106 with guest Walter Bosley (Origin of the Breakaway Civilization)
- Documentary looks at old and new models of human consciousness (Episode 305) – Skeptiko.com
- UFO contactee Howard Menger plays ‘Authentic Music from Another Planet’ – DangerousMinds.net
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Source: Anomaly Archives eNews 2/23/2016