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The Resurrection of an Egyptian Princess…

May you be merry this Halloween and dance alongside the spirits…

 

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Also, we hope you watch and enjoy this film! –  The Monster by Georges Méliès. (It’s about an attempt to bring an Egyptian princess back to life…)

 

 

“A 1903 film directed by French filmmaker Georges Méliès and, as is common with his films, starring the man himself. The story centres on the chaotic, and ultimately futile, attempt to bring a dead Egyptian Princess back to life. According to the Lubin Catolog:

 

An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the opportunity of gazing once more upon the features of his wife. The dervish accepts the offer. He brings in from a neighboring tomb the receptacle containing the remains of the princess. He opens it and removes the skeleton, which he places upon the ground close beside him. Then, turning to the moon and raising his arms outstretched toward it, he invokes the moon to give back life to her who is no more.

The skeleton begins to move about, becomes animated, and arises. The dervish puts it upon a bench and covers it with a white linen; a masque conceals its ghostly face. At a second invocation the skeleton begins again to move, arises, and performs a weird dance…”

 

- Read more about it here, at the fabulous Public Domain Review.

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Knock knock, can the spirits come out to play?

HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN!

 

To get you in the mood…

 

First, behold the spiritualist era spirit photographs of William Hope, here.

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Next, catch up on the history and use of the Ouija board here.

 

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And, did you know that an entire novel “by a deceased Mark Twain” was written entirely via Ouija? –

 

Yep, and here it is in its entirety.

 

Also…

 

Ghostwriter and Ghost: The Strange Case of Pearl Curran & Patience Worth

 

“In early 20th-century St. Louis, Pearl Curran claimed to have conjured a long-dead New England puritan named Patience Worth through a Ouija board. Although mostly unknown today, the resulting books, poems, and plays that Worth “dictated” to Curran earned great praise at the time. Ed Simon investigates the curious and nearly forgotten literary fruits of a “ghost” and her ghostwriter…”

 


Pearl Curran in 1919 – Source [copyright unknown].

 

See the rest at the Public Domain Review, here.

 

 

 

 

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The Future Library

A long view of the precious beauty of a simple book, and a new experience of thinking about the passage of time…

 

“In its essence, Future Library is hopeful – it believes there will be a forest, a book, and a reader in 100 years.” — Margaret Atwood

 

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Growing A Book For One Hundred Years

(The Blog of the Long Now)

 

“It started with a seed planted in the mind of Scottish artist Katie Paterson when she made the connection between tree rings and chapters of books. Now several years in the making, Paterson’s vision will unfold over the next century in her artwork Future Library–an ambitious and evolving piece that will outlive Paterson and most of us living today…”

 

For the rest click here. For a video on the project click here.

 

For information on the related project: The Manual of Civilization, click here.

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