24 10 / 2012
On one day in February 1854 the English novelist and playwright Catherine Crowe ran through the streets of Edinburgh naked apart from a handkerchief and visiting card. It was claimed that Crowe had been informed by spirits that if she did this she would be rendered invisible. She believed that she had remained visible as she had held the handkerchief and visiting card in the wrong hands. She was briefly placed in an asylum but recovered and was later released. Crowe was greatly interested in the supernatural and her most famous work was her book ‘The Night Side of Nature’. First published in 1848 it covered a range of topics including ghost-sightings, poltergeists, doppelgängers, phrenology and mesmerism and had a huge impact on the Victorian public’s fascination with the occult.
02 6 / 2012
"The act of writing, it seems to me, makes up a shelter, allows space to what would otherwise be hidden, crossed out, mutilated. Sometimes writing can work toward a reparation, making a sheltering space for the mind. Yet it feeds off ruptures, tears in what might otherwise seem a seamless, oppressive fabric."
01 2 / 2011
So I’ve decided to learn a new fact everyday in an effort to improve my mind’s social life (it’s getting rather lonely up there since I finished school)
Fact for February 1st, 2011:
The first suicide recorded in the Bible was Abimelech, who lived in the twelfth century B.C. He was the son of Giddeon (Jerubbaal) and a concubine, and he attempted to kill his 70 half-brothers so he could be king. In his final battle, a woman dropped a millstone on his head, and he ordered his sword bearer to kill him so it wouldn’t be said he was killed by a woman.