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December 8th, 2005


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09:57 am - 1000, Joe Merchant, and a fingernail clipping
Random note: Only a magician would be this worried about a lost fingernail clipping.

On an even more random note: The entry on Salzberg was my 1,000th LJ entry.

Also:

I found Joe Merchant. I'd tell you what happened next, but that'd spoil the story.

Where Is Joe Merchant really is a great book. I was struck by how much it reminded me of the Illuminatus! Trilogy as I was reading yesterday. The book has pretty much everything you could dream of. Just to name a few of the things:

  • murder
  • sex
  • a woman with green eyes who walks back into Frank's life
  • romance and reality
  • Atlantis
  • UFO's
  • a woman who comes in contact with alien intelligence while screwing under a telescope
  • mystery
  • Alaska and Key West
  • a space ship named Cosmic Muffin
  • a rock star who couldn't take the life
  • a yellow journalist
  • a guy who finally did what we all want to do to jet ski's and Hollywood directors: blow them up
  • transmigration
  • pirates and pirate towns
  • Fidel Castro
  • an African warlord who's out for blood and a magic scepter
  • Hurricanes and sea squalls, and the Bermuda Triangle

And it's all prefectly believeable. At least, I can't say as it'd surprise me.

I think I'll go to Half Price Books today and try and locate Don't Stop the Carnival. I need to get a Norman Paperman fix. Then I'll have to get around to finishing A Salty Piece of Land. But now that I've finished with Frank Bama (with whom I found a good identification), I want to move onto Norman Paperman (with whom I've always had an identification since I first heard of him), and then back to Tully Mars (a hero of mine who turned me onto the only Catholic saint I have any devotion for, St. Barbara). I'm not sure if I'll like Norman or Tully better, but I imagine one of those two will be more. . . I dunno.

Happily ever after, now and then. . . indeed. Understanding that it of vital importance to me.

It's funny, but my longest vacation since I started work here has only left me wanting to be back at it. . . not at all rested and returned to work.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Fruitcakes", -JB

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From:singingwren
Date:December 8th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Fingernails

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I know! I am so impressed. I would like to go to a voudon rite very much.

Ironically, I myself have never really worked with it; my MOM happens to be the one who has a voodoo doll.

Go figure THAT one out!

The song also sounds a bit like it's about female 'witches' in general:

"Beware women who don't falter when they pick up scissors or a knife
Who know the names of poison plants, the purpose of each star,
The absolute anatomy of life..."
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 8th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Fingernails

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I thought, for a bit, to try it out, and see where it went. Then I realized that it's not a religion you pay half-assed attention to. Do it, or do nothing, I generally say. It doesn't really mesh with much else.

Besides, it's not something that belongs to me in any way, nor do I belong to it.

Just because I believe it's a bunch of hocus pocus doesn't mean I'm going to mess with it.

That last bit sounds like the Havamal:

"Shun a woman wise in magic,
Her bed and her embraces:"
-Havamal, 113

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