biweekly links 7-12-2017

Hitler Used Werewolves, Vampires, and Astrology to Brainwash Germany: despite the tabloid-esque title, this is a sobering article about a forthcoming Yale U Press book on Nazi exploitation of pre-existing supernatural beliefs to further their ideology. To quote the article, “…in times of crisis, supernatural and faith-based thinking masquerading as “scientific” solutions to real problems helps facilitate the worst kind of political and social outcomes.” Indeed.

The Occult Roots of Modernism: Nineteenth century French artist-author-guru Joséphin Péladan is the subject of a new exhibition on the “mystical symbolism” of the artists of his Salon de Rose + Croix. Péladan was part of a wider occult milieu in Belle Epoque Paris that embraced everything from Theosophy to Rosicrucianism to neo-Catharism. If you’re in New York City between now and October 4, you might want to check it out.

Witchcraft and dueling are now legal in Canada: I’m sure they don’t mean together, because combining these could be dangerous…or awesome:

Dueling scene between Snape and Lockhart from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
CanAms will look very different next year. Courtesy Tumblr

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Allison Thurman

Allison Thurman has always made stuff: out of fabric, metal, beads, even exaggerated fencing moves. Of late she makes stories out of weird history, with fragments of pop culture, unsolved mysteries, and science fiction mixed in for texture. She lives in a galaxy far, far away (well, the DC metro area) with too many books and swords.

3 thoughts on “biweekly links 7-12-2017”

  1. I was astonished we still had witchcraft and dueling on the books, just because I’m old enough to remember a 70s game show called “This is the Law” in which panelists were shown short comedic films in which a weird/obscure/out-of-date Canadian law was broken and then had to guess what the actual law was. Since this show was broadcast nationally by the CBC it led to a lot of legislative weirdness being housecleaned (after everybody managed to stop laughing).

    Here’s a link to a clip of the first few minutes of one episode; I forget the name of the actor who always played the cop but the Lawbreaker character is Paul Soles (who was also the voice of Spider-Man in that animated series).

      1. So 70s indeed. I was gawping at how YOUNG guest panelist Donnelly Rhodes is in this clip … get out your “Da Vinci’s Inquest” DVDs and he’s the gravel-voiced, white-haired cop Leo Shannon in those.

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