Spare me the drudgery of systematic examinations and give me the lightning...– Geoff Dyer
Houses have no loyalty…. We want houses to reciprocate our feelings of...– Geoff Dyer, Out of Sheer Rage
An Extremely Short History of Diarrhea & the Holy
The Guardian is reporting this morning that a group of Franciscan monks, incensed at repeated thefts of Bibles from their library, are wishing diarrhea on the culprits: In a note, pinned up in full view of worshippers, the friars say they hope the thief sees the error of his ways. But in case he does not, they add: “We pray to God that the thief is struck by a strong bout of the ...
Walter Benjamin noted, shortly before the rise of Nazism, that “Mankind,...– Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night
Nostradamus predicts...you'll have an excellently...
I’ve got an upcoming piece on Nostradamus in the “Future” issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, and while researching him I was happy to learn that, in addition to being a prophet and a doctor, Nostradamus was also apparently an amateur chef. As a traveling apothecary he collected recipes alongside various potions and medicines, and in 1555 (the same year he published his famous...
Future readers, I warn you not to be thrown into confusion by the way this work...– Bernard of Angers, 11th century