Category: Essay

Aleks McHugh: The Golem Returns

In the wake of the attemp­ted QAn­on putsch, and in the run-up to the inaug­ur­a­tion of Joe Biden, when Trump’s sup­port­ers are expec­ted to take to the streets again, Aleks McHugh con­siders QAn­on hys­teria and social media gen­er­ally as incarn­a­tions of Meyrink’s Golem, as por­trayed in the 1920 film by Paul Wegener.

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Link’s Strategy Guide for Ghosts

Haunto­logy is a dying art. Haha. I’m not famil­i­ar with the social the­ory of the haunto­lo­gist. I just like the atmo­sphere. I won­der if to study haunt­ing, really study it, one has to be a ghost one­self. Study haunt­ing first-hand. Like
see­ing from the future. A ghost in the cob­web-filled cor­ridors. Play on the old piano, rattle some armor. Know all the
secret pas­sage­ways, where lost treas­ures are waiting

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Theo: The Straight Balance: Islamic Alchemy and Moorish Science

We are told that alchemy arrived in ‘Lat­in Europe’ on Fri­day, the 11th Feb­ru­ary 1144, when Robert of Chester com­pleted his trans­la­tion of De Com­posi­tione Alchemi­ae. This manu­script allegedly con­sists of the teach­ings of the monk ‘Morienus’, as giv­en to the Umayy­id Prince Khal­id ibn Yazid. Accord­ing to legend, this shad­owy fig­ure assists Khal­id in deci­pher­ing a cryptic manu­script describ­ing the mak­ing of the philosopher’s stone, and then dis­ap­pears into the desert.

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