Rachel Howard


there is still a role for emotionally articulate art that has something important to say about the poignancy and tragedy of the human condition

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"I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth."

President Harry Truman
White House Press Conference
April 4, 1950


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no one really knows what we're dealing with

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In April 2008, South Bend, Indiana radio station WZOW played the song continuously for several days on end.[3] This was a stunt used to draw attention to the station's format change from alternative rock to adult contemporary.


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Research done at Stanford University confirms not only this predominance at a physical and subconscious level, but also in an area that is perhaps the most uniquely human of all; that is in the area of transcendent experiences - what the researchers term "thrills." They found that the most powerful stimulus for evoking thrill-like sensations in their subjects was music. {19}

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The Traditional Craft is the Nameless Way of the Arte Magical. It is the Path of Wytcha, the heart’s calling of avocation to Cunning Man and Wise Woman; it is the Hidden Circle of Initiates constituting the Living Body of the Elder Faith. Its Ritual is the Sabbat of Dream-made-Flesh. Its Mystery lies in the Land, below the feet of Those who tread the crooked track of Elphame. Its Scripture is the Way of Wort-cunning and Beast-charming, the treasury of lore re-membered by Those who revere the Spirits; it is the gramarye of ear-whispered knowledge, beloved of Those who hold sacred the secrets of the dead and entrusted to They who look ever onward...... If any ask about the Traditional Craft, their answers lie in its native land: the Circle of the Arte of Artes!

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Where the practices of cunning-folk overlapped with those of the high ritual magic traditions, the calling of angels, the apparatus of astrology, and Latin incantations were integrated into the magic of the everyday. Notably, these rituals, spells and formulae employed the idiom of the predominant religious culture, namely Christianity, often melding folk religiosity in a seamless blend unique to each individual practitioner. Although ritual magicians and cunning-folk alike used Christian formulae in their praxes, one could argue that this religious language was naturally the timely idiom of narration for magical rites. However, beneath the shifting of language and culture, the immemorial methodologies and tools of magical ritual - the spirit-evocation, ritual circle, wand, knife, sigil, cord, knot, charm, starry aspectation, flora and fauna, invocation, exorcism and so forth - remain more or less constant.


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our website is the reason writers have a reputation for being self-important pricks. Your book might very well be brilliant, but acting like a jerk isn't going to win hearts or minds and you're making it much harder than it has to be by having that nasty attitude. You have collected a following of bitter, cynical people. The fact that they can't get published is partially because of their entitlement mentality. Oh yes, you're brilliant it's just that everyone else is too stupid to realize it? Please. Put all that energy into creating something life affirming or at least interesting. If somebody asks you to remove their e-mail address, you should remove it. I wish you luck with your writing but I hope that at some point you can rediscover the joy of not being a cynical, bitter, dark reject. Sincerely,

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Hey, nineteen bucks for entertainment value? Wow, I must be funny. Or tragic. There's a fine line. If you change your mind about getting a free signed copy of the book when it comes out, give me your address and I'd be more than happy to send you one. They're gonna be like collectors items. Your heirs can take it to Antiques Roadshow and be amazed by how much it's worth. Thanks! G.

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eep it short. I've been doing this long enough to know that no literary agent, editor or publisher can write a book, that they're dealers, marketers, advertisers, schmoozers, hype-meisters, that's it. How someone who makes the commodity can get intimidated by the guys who hype it I don't quite get. Kafka sold one story in his life. I wonder who his agent was? A good agent or editor knows who's the boss. You are. You're the writer. You're his or her client. He or she works for you. You don't go with your hat in your hand to get someone to work for you, do you? You let 'em know you're hiring, if they're looking for the kind of work you have to offer, they'll come to work for you and be glad you thought enough of 'em to give 'em the job. Ah, pomposity. Good luck. Getting a book published is hard to do. Getting anyone to read it after it's published is even harder...unless it really sucks, then it's easy to get people to read it. Thanks. G.


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Fist thing you can ever hope to achieve by writing stuff is confidence. The better the stuff you write is, the more confidence you're gonna get. Chicks like that, too—confidence, self-respect, self-esteem, all that nonsense—but you can't fake it. However you get it, that's what you want. If money gives you confidence, make lots of money. If writing good stuff gives you confidence, write good stuff. If writing shit that appeals to the demographic some marketing guy determines will buy gives you confidence, write that crap.

You're a young guy, what you wanna write might just totally fit the right niche. Write it and see, that's what I say. Does that answer your question? G.


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I do remember, actually. I get so few twenty buckses I remember 'em all. It's not that I didn't want to read your book, I just don't read books anymore period, and haven't in thirty years or so. I skim some. This TC Boyle thing called Drop City, for example. It purports to be about hippies. Ha! My book kicks its ass, but wasn't published by Viking. Those rats. It was edited by a guy who was Kesey's editor at Viking for a long time, though. Here's a press release:



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The Toledo Yellow Pages would be an overnight best seller if it got enough hype and buzz by the media boys and girls who do that sort of thing. http://everyonewhosanyone.com/other.html

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Check out the comment I left. As long as people and ideas are valued by how much money they're worth you're gonna get yourself lots of shitty people and lots of shitty ideas. It doesn't take balls to tell the truth, all it takes is not being for sale for money. I talked about that notion in this little column I did awhile ago. Thanks. G.

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What people at their core want to do is make love, love someone who loves you and spend as much time as you possibly can making love with each other. Appealing to who you want to appeal to is what you want to do and that becomes a totally individual thing.


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If you practice the two virtues—chastity and forgiveness—you will find that, without much effort, you will attain higher consciousness, complete awakening, and perfect peace of mind.

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Alex co-founded, and served as Founding President of Fate Therapeutics. Fate is pioneering regenerative medicine without embryonic stem cells and has been widely recognized for the groundbreaking potential of its research, including being named by the MIT Technology Review in 2010 as one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. During his tenure at ARCH, Alex has supported the development of ARCH portfolio companies in a number of direct operational roles, including at the Accelerator program, where he contributed to the founding, early growth, and management of Theraclone Sciences, VLST, and Allozyne.

Alex graduated with distinction in Philosophy and Biology from Yale University, magna cum laude with a commendation in biotechnology. He has published peer-reviewed research in computational systems biology.

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Labor of Learning
Market and the Next Generation of Educational Reform

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Serguei Oushakine‟s book is an intricate analysis of several ways of creating, narrating,
and practicing community in 1990s Barnaul, the administrative center of the Altai region (a
Russian province in south-western Siberia). The period during which the author conducted his
fieldwork (2001-2003) followed a time described by Russians with terms such as bespredel
(lawlessness or normlessness) and likhie devianostye (the rowdy 1990s)

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Maria Sidorkina Rives

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Maria al-Qibtiyya (Arabic: مارية القبطية‎) (alternatively, "Maria Qupthiya"), or Maria the Copt, (died 637) was an Egyptian Coptic Christian (who turned into a Muslim wife of the prophet according to Sunni Islam) slave who was sent as a gift from Muqawqis, a Byzantine official, to the Islamic prophet Muhammad in 628.[1]

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