The Fables of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was an artist, inventor, engineer and scientist, but he also found time to write little fables for himself. In the margins of his notes he would pen short tales of how pride and envy would bring down a moth, tree or even a stone. The Wolf and the Eagle Ever since Aesop’s … Continue reading The Fables of Leonardo da Vinci

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The Perennial Philosophy of Aldous Huxley

"Knowledge is a function of being." - Aldous Huxley "Based upon the direct experience of those who have fulfilled the necessary conditions of such knowledge, this teaching is expressed most succinctly in the Sanskrit formula, tat tvam asi (“That art thou”); the Atman, or immanent eternal Self, is one with Brahman, the Absolute Principle of … Continue reading The Perennial Philosophy of Aldous Huxley

Dance of Her Hands: Tilly Losch

    Tilly Losch was born on November 15, 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Ottilie Ethel Losch. Trained in dance at the Vienna Imperial Opera ballet school at age six and became a full member of the ballet corps at age 15. Dance partners included Fred Astaire and Harald Kreutzberg. Following a severe bout of … Continue reading Dance of Her Hands: Tilly Losch

The Celestographs: August Strindberg’s Alchemical Shots of the Night Sky

In the 1890s, Swedish playwright August Strindberg photographed the night sky without a camera or even a lens. These “Celestographs,” as he called them, were both a folly and an innovative work of experimental art. The National Library of Sweden has recently shared a selection of these photographs online, displaying the gritty textures of the … Continue reading The Celestographs: August Strindberg’s Alchemical Shots of the Night Sky

Two Levels of Love – Mars-Venus and Uranus-Neptune by Dane Rudhyar | Rudhyar Archival Project | Astrological Articles

That Neptune-pervaded love is not a feeling of (as ordinarily meant) compassion for whatever experiences suffering or deprivation. This love is an act of transfiguration, a flow of light, a song of tenderness; it is mother love as well as lover love, for it seeks to hold everything — and, of course, more particularly, the … Continue reading Two Levels of Love – Mars-Venus and Uranus-Neptune by Dane Rudhyar | Rudhyar Archival Project | Astrological Articles

Ptak Science Books: Rising to a Higher State of Misery: Books Read by Frankenstein’s “Monster”

"The animated human created by Victor Frankenstein in 20-year-old Mary Shelley's anonymously published Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus was a far more intelligent being than was ever portrayed in the many movies that made the novel famous in the 20th century. “Frankenstein” refers to Dr. Victor, not the creation, who refers to himself as the … Continue reading Ptak Science Books: Rising to a Higher State of Misery: Books Read by Frankenstein’s “Monster”

The Hermit; or, The Unparalleled Sufferings, and Surprising Adventures, of Philip Quarll (1814) | The Public Domain Review

A story thought to be by Peter Longueville – writing under the pseudonym of Edward Dorrington – about Philip Quarll, a Crusoe-style castaway, who spends 50 years alone on an uninhabited island island of monkeys and pomegranate fields far off the coast of Mexico. When eventually he is eventually found in 1715 by the narrator … Continue reading The Hermit; or, The Unparalleled Sufferings, and Surprising Adventures, of Philip Quarll (1814) | The Public Domain Review