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  • The Believer (2019/09/12 16:40)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Believer [also]. For my money, The Believer is the best mass-market magazine around. I picked up the first issue as an impulse buy on a newsstand in 2003, and I’ve kept with it ever since. Although its editorial policy seems to indicate that it’s about books, it covers all sorts […]
  • The Erotic Comedies (2019/09/10 16:40)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Erotic Comedies by Marco Vassi. A collection of profound, hilarious, and sometimes disturbing short stories. “The Land of the Sperm King” is indispensable.
  • Laws of Form (2019/09/08 16:40)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Laws of Form by G Spencer-Brown. Prior to the vogue of fractal geometry, Laws of Form was conceded by many to be the trippiest math book around. Reading a passage at random out of context might leave one wondering whether the text was political theory, aesthetics, or some other form of philosophy. In […]
  • Mason & Dixon (2019/09/06 16:40)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon. Mason & Dixon is the only Pynchon book I’ve read twice: once on my own, and once aloud with my Other Reader. It’s a downright hilarious tome, and only funnier if you’re familiar with the larger Pynchon oeuvre for the coy references that start with the parabolic […]
  • The Deeds of the Disturber (2019/09/04 16:40)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters. “Compared to London, Egypt is a veritable health resort,” remarks Amelia Peabody Emerson in this fifth of the novels which she narrates. This one is the first, though, which is set principally in England, with a mere bit of preamble beforehand in Egypt, […]
  • Batman R.I.P. (2019/09/02 16:33)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Batman R.I.P. by Grant Morrison, Tony Daniel, Lee Garbett, & al. Although published as a fancy “deluxe” hardcover graphic novel, this collection of eight Batman comics is rather dependent on plot elements developed by writer Morrison in earlier numbers. (Notably: Batman’s son Damian, a love interest Jezebel Jet, the Black Hand crime sodality, […]
  • Summary for the month of August, 2019 (2019/09/02 14:20)
    Here’s a summary of activity for the month of August, 2019. I don’t know where time has flown! It’s already been a month since my last summary, and it’s already September! I think I mentioned that I’ve been having some contractors at the library working, and that’s been going on for several months. Well, things […]
  • Gnosis (2019/08/31 16:33)
    Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism by Kurt Rudolph. This book, initially published in German in 1977, was one of the first comprehensive treatments of antique Gnosticism to take into account the evidence of the Nag Hammadi discoveries of the 1950s. The opening section of the book, on “The Sources,” […]

…tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past

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