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Why Boring Books Are Worth Reading

Boredom is a serious subject (just ask Albert Nerenberg, director of the decidedly not boring documentary Boredom). The New York Times Sunday Book Review looks at the literary uses of boredom, starting with Rivka Galchen’s views:

Boredom is a kind of meditation. To be bored is, for a spell, to not let the noise out there get in.

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Harry is a dirty dog.

Or is he?

He’s a white dog with black spots who doesn’t like to take a bath. He runs away from home! What fun he has going around town, getting covered in dirt and soot and coal, so that he becomes a black dog with white spots. Eventually Harry gets a bit hungry and tired. When he returns to his house, his family doesn’t recognize him. They watch him do his tricks, then turn their backs and walk away. Harry is so sad. Until he thinks to run upstairs, and take a bath, and is again recognized, and welcomed home with love.

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The joys of collecting thousands of vintage sleazy books

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For those of you who remember the eighties, you may have had that one friend who partook in the hobby of paperback collecting. The goal was to make a collection of one copy of every book produced by a certain publisher. Some enthusiasts still partake in this hobby.

Lance Casebeer and Bob Speray in 1984 started a collection that stood out in the book collection community. The goal was to get one copy of every book published by Greenleaf Classics. Greenleaf published under many different imprints over the years, including Adult Books, Ember Library and the reputable Corinth’s. Amassing an archive of all these books has proved challenging for these two enthusiasts. They focus on books published from 1959 through 1975, though Greenleaf continued to produce sleazy books many years after that. When you search their gallery you’re bound to come across some rather peculiar titles — The Last Orgy; Sex and the Single Gay Girl; Doubled in Lust; The Demon Dyke; and thousands more.… Read the rest

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10 of the Best Sci-Fi Art Books

51TQ776VQ7LAndrew Seel writes at OMNI Reboot:

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the case of science fiction art, no proverbial can ring to be more true. Science fiction art is truly a genre unlike any other. Each illustration, cover, or painting captures a story. Each step in the thought process of a science fiction artist is intricately purposeful and intentional. When it comes to science fiction, art should bombard your eyes with extremely sublime and striking graphic, grabbing your attention within milliseconds but that alone can’t determine its success. A great Sci-fi artwork can make you dwell into the world that is illustrated by the author, visually and emotionally experience the journey of action and adventure that have been prepared for you. These are ten of the best sci-fi art books that highlight their amazing work.

10. Sexy Robot

Sexy Robot cemented Sorayama’s legacy as an artist and brought him worldwide attention.
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Navigating the Shadow: Psilocybin Mushrooms and Transformation – Free Radical Media

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In this episode, the Free Radical Media crew is joined by fellow Disinfonaut and host of the AttMind Radio podcast, James W. Jesso. Jesso and the crew discuss the psilocybin mushroom and its potential for transformation, whether that transformation be personal, spiritual, or cultural. Jesso discusses his personal history with the “magic mushroom” and other entheogens in a candid, fun conversation. We also talk about his first book, “Decomposing the Shadow,” as well as his upcoming work ‘The True Light of Darkness.”

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The Dark Legend Of The Devil’s Bible

The Codex Gigas, or Devil’s Bible, a massive and mysterious text from the Middle Ages, is believed by many to have been conjured by the Devil himself, reports Elisabeth Tilstra at The Lineup:

Housed within the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm is a mysterious religious text with a wicked reputation.

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Maquette of the Codex Gigas, originally from Podlažice Monastery. Photo: Josef Hron (CC)

 

The Codex Gigas is believed to be the largest surviving medieval manuscript in the world. Contained within its pages are numerous Christian writings – including a complete version of the Vulgate Bible, which later became the Catholic Church’s official Latin translation.

The book’s most intriguing entry, however, is a menacing full-page color illustration of the Devil. It is this drawing that earned the text its nickname of the Devil’s Bible – and convinced many that its pages are cursed by the sinister power of the dark prince.

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Initiation and the Gnostic Revival with Gabriel D Roberts – Free Radical Media

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In this installment of the Free Radical Media podcast, the Free Rad crew speaks with author and thinker Gabriel D. Roberts. Roberts. He is the author of such books as “Born Again to Rebirth” and his latest, “The Quest for Gnosis,” as well as writing for such publications as VICE Magazine, Reality Sandwich, and Disinformation. Roberts discusses his personal, spiritual journey from strict Christianity to what he describes as a “more fluid worldview,” with a heavy focus on Gnostic philosophy. He also discusses his latest book, a collection of interviews with such minds as Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock, Daniele Bolelli, Peter J. Carroll, Hamilton Morris, Dr. Aaron Cheak, David Metcalfe, Dr. Rick Strassman and many more. An enlightening and engaging conversation.

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The Most Banned and Challenged Books of 2014

persepolisI now have a new reason to love my kid’s school: his current assigned text, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, is number 2 on the most challenged book list for 2014 compiled by the American Library Association:

A current analysis of book challenges recorded by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) from 2001 – 2013, shows that attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color are disproportionately challenged and banned. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.

In 2014, the OIF received 311 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. Eighty percent of the 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books reflect diverse authors and cultural content.

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Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital

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Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospitaljust released in December, documents an obscure piece of history: the “Battle for the Brains” with stunning photography.

Hidden away out of sight in a forgotten storage closet deep within the bowels of the University of Texas State Mental Hospital languished a forgotten, but unique and exceptional, collection of 100 extremely rare, malformed, or damaged human brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

Decades later, in 2011, photographer Adam Voorhes discovered the brains and became obsessed with documenting them in close-up, high-resolution, large format photographs, revealing their oddities, textures, and otherworldly essence. Voorhes donned a respirator and chemical gloves, and began the painstaking process of photographing the collection. Desperate to know more about the provenance of the brains, Voorhes, together with journalist Alex Hannaford, traveled down the rabbit hole of the collection’s history.

Sifting through a century’s worth of university documents, the truth-seekers discovered that rival universities had bitterly fought over the collection.

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‘The Anarchist Cookbook’ and the Rise of DIY Terrorism

Anarchist cookbookThe Anarchist Cookbook is the book that just won’t die, despite its author’s wishes to the contrary. Now The Kernel assesses its importance for modern-day DIY terrorism:

On Sept. 14, 2010, a dry cleaner in Toronto, Canada, found something suspicious. In a bag of clothes dropped off by a client, a USB stick had likely been left in one of his pockets. Curious, he plugged the small device into a computer and read through the contents. Two days later, the dry cleaner called the police.

The following April, Canadian law enforcement officials arrested the USB drive’s owner, Mohamed Hassan Hersi, at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport as he was boarding a plane to Cairo. A joint force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Toronto Police Department had been investigating Hersi for months. Posing as a consultant, an undercover cop had visited Hersi at his job, where he worked as a security guard.

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Neil Gaiman Salutes Douglas Adams

Neil Gaiman pays tribute to Douglas Adams, immortal to many through his creation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, at the annual Douglas Adams Memorial lecture:

“I haven’t known many geniuses in my life. Some brilliantly smart people, but only a tiny handful would I class as geniuses. I would class Douglas, because he saw things differently, and he was capable of communicating the way he saw things, and once he explained things the way he saw them, it was almost impossible to see them the way you used to see them.”

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