High Times, May 1980. Cover art by Frank Frazetta.
• Desperately Seeking Mothman: “The Scythian Lamb, after all, was equal parts Venus flytrap and baby lamb, a mysterious woolly gourd,” says Tara Isabella Burton, on the trail of cryptids old and new.
• “In my youth of course I indulged in such stunts as bringing forth a Boramez, or a so-called vegetable lamb.” It’s that lamb again, in a translation of pages from The Voynich Manuscript.
• “2022: Be willing to be dazzled,” says S. Elizabeth. Also, follow her blog because she’s always turning up strange and wonderful things.
• “Why do we count down to the New Year?” Alexis McCrossen explores the history of countdowns, from Fritz Lang to the present day.
• “Snow coats reality in a fresh layer of strangeness,” says Charlie Fox.
• Spending the War Without You: Laurie Anderson’s Norton Lectures.
• New music: Our Hands Against The Dusk by Rachika Nayar.
• Mix of the week: Fact Mix 840 by Time Is Away.
• Galerie Dennis Cooper presents…Piet Zwart.
• Does It Matter Irene? (1979) by The Mothmen | Tardis (Sweep Is Dead, Long Live Sweep) (1981) by The Mothmen | Mothman (1981) by The Mothmen
2 thoughts on “Weekend links 602”
I’d be skeptical towards that Voynich translation. After all, it has been claimed to be deciphered many a time, and none of these have turned out to be conclusive. I’m not all too cynical (though I’d be a bit sad to see the mystery vanish) but I’m not holding my breath.
I agree. I linked to that piece mainly because it was via Justin EH Smith whose blog posts (and now Substack) I’ve been reading for a long time. And it’s not the first of April but scroll to the bottom of his post…
I also enjoyed finding two articles in the same week that mentioned the mysterious Scythian Lamb, a beast I think JEHS has mentioned before in his writings.
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