Archive for the curiosa category

Time travel lore (3): ‘scientific’ search for time travelers

In our time it has become difficult to distinguish genuine news items from spoofs and satire. Real news items are sometimes indistinguishable from what one would find in The Onion. Is the same thing happening in the realm of science? “Search of the Internet Reveals No Evidence of Time Travelers” by Erin McCarthy, Mental Floss. […]

Time travel lore (2)

One interesting aspect of the notion of time travel is how it migrates out of the realm of science fiction into other areas of culture. Here is an example: “11 Time Traveler Urban Legends That Pretty Much Debunk Themselves” by Bill DeMain, courtesy of Mental Floss magazine, August 12, 2012. Hoaxes, gullibility, and superstition aren’t […]

Word Rain

Circa 1970, when I was a teenager, my imagination became captivated by surrealism. Journeying multiple times a week to the main library in downtown Buffalo, New York, I sought out various books on the avant-garde art movements, not to mention pulling volumes off the shelves in “New Books” sections that aroused my curiosity. I still […]

Little Tiny, Common Objects, & Jorge Luis Borges

Interesting for bibliophiles, connoisseurs of curiosa, fans of Jorge Luis Borges: Two Discoveries, by Kevin O’Neill, MOSTLY (NOT) ON MCSWEENEY’S! blog, July 21, 2009 In addition to the discovery of Little Tiny’s Book of Objects (1880) and discussion of Victorian style in relation to McSweeney’s, there is a discussion of Jorge Luis Borges’ story “The […]