Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

I thought I'd share a link where you can download pdf files of 7 works by Titus Burckhardt. (or you can read them online, as above) Titus Burckhardt at Archive.org edit: This is currently offline but you can read his Introduction To Sufi Doctrine here: https://newbooksinpolitics.com/political/introduction-to-sufi-doctrine/   As an example, here's the Table of Contents … Continue reading Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

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The Wandering and Watercolours of Hermann Hesse

“This wind, into which I am climbing, is fragrant of beyonds and distances, of watersheds and foreign languages, of mountains and southern places. It is full of promise.” ― Hermann Hesse, Wandering I was very lucky yesterday, while mooching through piles of 2nd hand books at a Spanish fleamarket,  to spy and purchase a copy … Continue reading The Wandering and Watercolours of Hermann Hesse

The Three Princes of Serendip – origin of the word Serendipity

"The story has become known in the English speaking world as the source of the word serendipity, coined by Horace Walpole because of his recollection of the part of the "silly fairy tale" where the three princes by "accidents and sagacity" discern the nature of a lost camel. "This discovery indeed is almost of that … Continue reading The Three Princes of Serendip – origin of the word Serendipity

The Remains of Elmet: a collaboration by Ted Hughes & Fay Godwin

The Ancient Kingdom of Elmet witnessed "Druidism; Britons, their fight against Rome and their adoption of Romanism; the start of Christianity and the clash with Rome's catholic Christianity; a Bardic tradition in a Brythonic tongue and then in the highest quality Latin, the struggle against the English; the struggle against the Norse; the coming of … Continue reading The Remains of Elmet: a collaboration by Ted Hughes & Fay Godwin

Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) poet (1886–1961) – The Mysteries Remain

"So, for once, let’s forget her beauty, and the string of amorous famous writers who sought her out. Never mind that she starred in an anti-racist silent film with Paul Robeson. Never mind she held her own throughout psychoanalysis with Freud, himself. Never mind her exotic travels, her busy androgyny, her splendid daughter, her voluntary … Continue reading Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) poet (1886–1961) – The Mysteries Remain

We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz

"We are bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the invisible, to store it in the great golden hives of the invisible." Rilke often refers to the invisible, especially in his Duino Elegies, which he wrote during a particularly mystical period of his life. In a letter to his Polish translator Witold … Continue reading We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz

The Turning Sky | Lapham’s Quarterly

"The god Horus is a falcon (the word for which in hieroglyphs is qhr, the falcon’s cry). In the third surviving column of text, remarkably, the falcon is marked with a triangle, the hieroglyphic designation for the star Sirius. As if it were a mathematical proof unfolding before my eyes, I saw that if the … Continue reading The Turning Sky | Lapham’s Quarterly

The Redemption of Saint Anthony | Gustave Flaubert and Odilon Redon

Gustave Flaubert, best known for his masterpiece Madame Bovary, spent nearly thirty years working on a surreal and largely ‘unreadable’ retelling of the temptation of Saint Anthony. It was only in the dark and compelling illustrations of Odilon Redon, made years later, that Flaubert’s strangest work finally came to life. Colin Dickey explains in the … Continue reading The Redemption of Saint Anthony | Gustave Flaubert and Odilon Redon

The Gold Tree, with initials designed by Austin O Spare

The gold tree. With initials designed by Austin O. Spare and cut in wood by W. Quick. Published 1917 The Gold Tree is a short story written by Sir John Collings Squire, in which he describes in detail an imagined bookshop that appears frequently in his dreams.  It can be viewed and read here: https://archive.org/stream/goldtreewithinit00squiuoft#page/n5/mode/2upContinue reading The Gold Tree, with initials designed by Austin O Spare

Mark Twain Writes a Rapturous Letter to Walt Whitman on the Poet’s 70th Birthday 1889 – Open Culture | Open Culture

Hartford, May 24/89 To Walt Whitman:You have lived just the seventy years which are greatest in the world’s history & richest in benefit & advancement to its peoples. These seventy years have done much more to widen the interval between man & the other animals than was accomplished by any five centuries which preceded them.What … Continue reading Mark Twain Writes a Rapturous Letter to Walt Whitman on the Poet’s 70th Birthday 1889 – Open Culture | Open Culture