“The ouroboros or uroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. Originating in ancient Egyptian iconography, the ouroboros entered Western tradition via Greek magical tradition and was adopted as a symbol in Gnosticism and Hermeticism and most notably in alchemy. The term derives from Ancient Greek from ‘oura’ – ‘tail’ plus ‘boros’ -‘eating’. The ouroboros is often interpreted as a symbol for eternal cyclic renewal or a cycle of life, death, and rebirth.”
Every Day Is Earth Day!
One Afternoon in Miami
Martin Luther King, Jr. in Miami, April 13, 1966. Speaking to reporters at the Historic Hampton House.
Based on a film frame from footage in the Wolfson Archives collection.
“The IBM Selectric typewriter was a highly successful line of electric typewriters introduced by IBM on 31 July 1961. […] Selectrics and their descendants eventually captured 75 percent of the United States market for electric typewriters used in business. […] Notable Selectric users from the world of literature include Isaac Asimov, Hunter S. Thompson, David Sedaris, P. J. O’Rourke, Stephen J. Cannell, and Philip K. Dick.”
The Creature, Revisited
I’ve cast my own reimagined version of the Frankenstein saga by cherry-picking three of my favorite performances from the many films made over the years.
Elsa Lanchester reprises her role from Bride of Frankenstein as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of the source material and narrator/Greek Chorus in my retelling.
Michael Sarrazin is back as The Creature, offering the beauty and pathos he provided in Frankenstein: The True Story.
Finally, Gene Wilder is Baron Victor Frankenstein, with a less comical (but equally unhinged) turn than in Young Frankenstein.
Cosmic American Music Man
Interstellar Stud Muffin
William Shatner, aka “Captain Kirk” turns 90 years old today. In the Star Trek universe, that’s barely young adulthood. Live long and prosper, Captain!