Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The "Extra Pound" Limericks of Professor Hodges

I won't burden the Highbrow Commonwealth with mundane descriptions and analyses of Professor Hodges on-going "Extra Pound" limericks series, which has been running in his blog Gypsy Scholarship for some time.  Suffice it to say that these pieces are fascinating.  Please click HERE for a particularly clever installment, and click HERE for access to the blog in toto.

Horace Jeffery Hodges, PhD

Monday, March 30, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Emanations 8 editing progress (and delays)

There have been some delays in editing. Last week, I moved my classes on-line, and I have since learned that teaching on-line is time-consuming. Next week, I expect things to slow somewhat, and I'll get back to the project of reading submissions and communicating with contributors.

I've sent out a number of emails already, and several stories have gone out to illustrators, so things are moving.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

"We'll send armed police, and we'll be sending them with flamethrowers."

Please click the following image for videos of Italian mayors seeking to protect their citizens:


I sympathize with the mayors' sense of responsibility. They are trying to save people.

And you can see why Italian literature, art, architecture and design are so wonderful. The ability to connect to feelings and to convictions and to circumstances... the appropriate application of irony in a difficult situation.

Though he was working with theological materials and themes, seeking to both restore and reinvent Classical consciousness, and developing the metaphysics and anthropology of a new political philosophy, when it came to the exploration of new possibilities for the representation of new subject matter, Milton turned to Italian poetry.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


From Compendium Alchymist, 1706

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Atlas descends as we turn through the heavens

Never mind foolish superstitions and folkloric fears concerning the portents of menacing comets encroaching through the ether, the advent of comet Atlas promises to be quite a show. 

There is a Dutch website, in English, that provides ample tracking maps and data tables to facilitate a detailed over-view of the course of the visitor. The diversion should prove welcome as we sit out the latest terrestrial folly. Please click HERE to examine the information.

Meanwhile, below (click for a high-resolution image) is a cosmic map representing Atlas's grand and sweeping itinerary as it enters and departs our solar system.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Art of Description: Professor Hodges is reading My Servant the Wind by Michael Butterworth

The other day in his blog Gypsy Scholar, my international Authors colleague Horace Jeffery Hodges posted a short but nevertheless engaging description of Michael Butterworth's hybrid memoir-novel My Servant the Wind. In my response to Professor Hodges' note, I remarked, "It is an excellent work, and your selection from the text and your succinct and insightful description do the book good service."

Please click HERE to view Professor Hodges' description.

And click HERE to visit the Amazon description of My Servant the Wind.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020

HMS ships Neptune, King George V, Hercules, Colossus, Marlborough and Iron Duke

Such names evoke all the ignominy that we properly associate with imperialism, militarism, and the hegemony of state-defined identities. It might be observed, however, that we rather too automatically draw this association, and in this rapid censure we could overlook the deeper truths of our universe and our place in it. As mythical expressions of human aspirations placed in historical contexts that together express the meaning of the human condition, such names configure appropriately to the world in which we used to live; and, one wonders, the world in which we yet live; or--should we abandon an appreciation for the deeper emotional qualities of our mythologies--a world we might stumble into again?