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361. The darkening of the light (VI)

Traditionally, wordplay was considered a means to attain the Holy Grail; there is a humorous—a trickster—element to this quest that...

360. Keeping still (VIII)

As regards 9/11, I left school early that day to have my hair cut. My camp Norwegian hairdresser once again regaled me with tales from...

359. The taming power of the small (IX)

As it turns out, honour is connected to self-respect. Men have self-respect and women have self-esteem; or, to put it another way, women...

358. The receptive (III)

I once attended a dinner—effectively a family dinner, but widely expanded out—held by a company executive. As I sat at the dinner table,...

357. Retreat (IX)

Before I went up to the cave, I drank in a dark hotel beneath the mountain. It had been constructed as if it were a Swiss chalet, though...

356. Innocence (IV)

J.G. Ballard words: “geometry”, “algebra”, and “arithmetic”. The hard geometry charted by the airport expressway melted into the printed...

355. Difficulty at the beginning (V)

I once lived with a female relative for a time; she also lived with another, slightly more distant, female relative. The two did not get...

354. Inner truth (VII)

About four years ago I produced an article about Trump on a popular social blogging site; it was neither for nor against him, although it...

353. The creative (III)

There are three stages as regards the English occultist Aleister Crowley: firstly, he seems to be a devil; secondly, given that the press...

352. Duration (VII)

To pick up and expand from yesterday, Alan Moore worships the Greek god Glycon. He picked Glycon as a deity to worship around 1993 when...

Magic and prayer

When I was in my early teens I would often play computer games like Command and Conquer; at a certain stage, as with most people, there...

351. The well (V)

I did a little research into the life of Alan Moore, a comic book writer who is most notable for his Watchmen and V for Vendetta...

350. Deliverance (VI)

We pray in order to create a void into which we can introject our will. This is the purpose behind intentional concentration. Various...

349. Approach (VII)

An advantage provided by the Greek myths and legends, not present in the Bible, is that these can easily be transferred into the...

The quantity theory of...

The writer Will Self has an idea called “the quantity theory of sanity”; his theory holds that the amount of sanity in the world is...

The Glastonbury Festival

The Glastonbury Festival started in 1970 as a quasi-jazz event held in the Somerset countryside. It started—this will be relevant...

348. Decrease (VI)

This incident, best as I can reconstruct from the archives, represents a typical event during the Sweep. What follows is my own...

347. Gathering together (X)

I served the Warden as a valet for about fifteen years. Now, in my retirement, I have come out to the fields—out to pasture, literally....

346. Breakthrough (IV)

“Me missus took him right to hospital. Popped him in her car and drove him off. He was shook. Didn’t know where he was.” I passed the man...

345. Progress (IX)

Dawkins thinks that religious belief comes about through some third factor; he thinks that it is a kind of by-product from another...