Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Paradise Lost Tarot Deck by Terrance Lindall

Terrance Lindall's Paradise Lost Tarot Deck will be available  November 15, 2020.  Contact the WAH Center.

Monday, October 26, 2020

A list of Milton's works linked to descriptive articles











Friday, October 23, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020

If you want me to post in this blog...










Buy my books. Click the cover images on the right. Thank you.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Professor Hodges on the quest for poetic justice for poets

 Jeffery reflects on his poetry in Octo-Emanations. Please click HERE.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Amy Coney Barrett knows her Octo-Emanations

Impressing the Senate today with her encyclopedic knowledge of case law, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was asked if she had brought any preparatory notes to help her with the confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to the media, Barrett held up a blank notepad and smiled.  Here is the alleged image of that moment:

This account, however, does not coincide with the facts.

Moreover, the image circulating around the media has been doctored!

An international Authors correspondent present in the Senate committee chamber has reported to me that when asked if she had brought any notes to help her with the confirmation hearing, Amy Coney Barrett actually raised a copy of Octo-Emanations. This fact is confirmed by the following un-doctored image:

Monday, October 12, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Professor Hodges reads Octo-Emanations

Here are the titles of four of Jeffery's recent blog entries, and they are linked to his remarks. The fourth on the list touches on the story that I contributed to the anthology.

: First Review

On Writing Miltonic Sonnets 

 M-A Berthier's Great Adventures

 Critiquing Capitalism?





Monday, October 5, 2020

"Saint Clare intervenes to save a child from a wolf" (Giovanni di Paolo, 1455)








Meanwhile, Professor Hodges is keeping abreast of all things Octo-Emantaions, as is his wont. Please click HERE.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

"Words and Images" -- a review of Octo-Emanations

Octo-Emanations has its first Amazon review. Please click the cover image, then scroll down to read the review:

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Cessna 310B

Cessna 310B used in the Sky King TV series














Engines: Continental: 10-520 X 2

Wingspan: 36 ft 11 inches

Height: 10 ft 8 inches

Gross Weight: 5500 lbs

Air Speed: 238 mph

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Octo-Emanations reaches Japan and Ireland

Cover artist Nobxhiro Santana has already procured three copies of the new Octo-Emanations anthology. Viewed in triplicate, the colors are very striking. Click the images for the full effect.


Nobxhiro writes that he will display the books at a group exhibition this September. Please click HERE to view his Instagram announcement for the book.

I also have this image from Belfast, where contributor C. E. Matthews has a copy. Note also the copy of Emanations: 2 + 2 = 5.




Please click the cover image to the right of this post to view the Amazon description.

Friday, August 28, 2020

But what does it do?

Lanou Model 240 by Michel Lanoie

It suggests things.

Call it, "The comfort aesthetics of a familiar but fuzzy and obscure nostalgia."

Please click HERE to learn about the artist.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Briefly, from Professor Hodges

The other day, Professor Hodges gave Octo-Emanations a mention in his blog Gypsy Scholarship. Please click HERE to read his remarks. I trust he will have more to say when he receives the book.

And please click the cover image to view the Amazon description:

In other developments, I've heard that some Amazon ordering policies have changed. Outside the United States, ordering from the various regional Amazons is necessary.  Here are links to several regions:
United Kingdom

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Get through Blake (rapidly), and study Milton

Like many young English majors, I once "championed" William Blake. With the help of some perceptive mentors, however, I grew out of the enthusiasm.  Nevertheless, when tackling Milton, knowledge of Blake provides some traction: looking at Blake provides a bit of rudimentary knowledge combined with a pleasant experience of how to learn about poets. But readers should not take Blake too seriously, and the idea is to get through and over Blake as soon as possible.

Ergo, Blake first: A Blake Dictionary by S. Foster Damon is a useful resource. It is easy to read, not bogged down in theoretical language, and so on.

(Incidentally, Richard Kostelantez, who appears regularly in Emanations, was a student of Damon's.)

Next Milton:

Readers need to look at Milton in terms of the question "What can I read that will help me to understand Milton and Paradise Lost?" or "What do I need to know in order to understand Milton and Paradise Lost?"

The Bible
Tasso (especially Il Mondo Creato, and International Authors has a translation.)
World History
History of the Reformation
History of the Good Old Cause: English Civil Wars, Cromwell, the Commonwealth period, the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution
Theology: St. Augustine, Calvin, Arminius, Socinus, Antinomianism, Gnosticism (but be careful with Gnosticism, it is a heresy that Milton did not subscribe to).
Philosophy: Plato, Aristotle, Locke (and might as well take a glance at Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson)

And look at Milton himself. In the drama Comus, there is a fascinating debate between Comus and the character called Lady, which anticipates Satan's seduction of Eve in Paradise Lost. But in Comus Lady is not deceived by the deceiver. Mmm, interesting stuff... Read The Morning of Christ's Nativity and ask yourself, "There is a lot of pagan stuff in Milton's poetry! Is this Milton guy really a Christian, or is he perhaps practicing white magic?" Hmm...

It is very easy for us Americans to get into the spirit and the world view of Milton, you simply read what we call the "Great American Novel" (and we have three of them): The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. International authors offers an edition of The Scarlet Letter with my Afterword, which brings out all the history and theology I could otherwise set forth in detail here, and Milton gets some significant mentions.

There are a number of related posts in my blog. Some are a bit "condensed" but they hit on key issues. Google the blog title Highbrow, my name, and the words "Milton" or "Paradise Lost", and many of these posts will turn up.

As for scholarship and criticism:

Have a look at Damon's book on Blake, this will give you rapid entree into the theological issues and Biblical allusions in Blake that overlap with Milton. Also, Blake was very interested in Milton and was a perceptive reader, though he was sometimes painfully wrong. Blake wrote epics--of various length and various levels of completion--and his best (in my opinion) is titled Milton and is worth reading. Look at Damon's articles in A Blake Dictionary on Milton and Blake's epic Milton.

Christopher Hill, a trendy Marxist historian of the 1970s, has a fairly good book on Milton and Paradise Lost but it has some weaknesses and I'd skip it. Nevertheless, Hill is a very readable and instructive historian, and you can easily read his short history of 17th Century England: The Century of Revolution, 1603-1714.

You can spend a lot of time plowing through the Milton scholarship. OR, once you have a sense of Milton and the academic field of Milton studies, go to William Poole's Milton and the Making of Paradise Lost. Poole has read all the scholarship and he gives the significant bits proper mentions, meanwhile presenting a very clear picture of Milton and how Milton's preparation, experiences and scholarship contribute to the poem. In other words, you get not so much biography as a picture of the intelligence that put the poem together, and this knowledge yields all sorts of insights into what a reader is really looking at when he or she reads the poem.

And of course you must read  Paradise Lost, over and over again. 

Milton by William Blake