Weekend links 80


Niels Klim’s descent to the planet Nazar from the 1845 edition of Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum (Niels Klim’s Underground Travels) (1741) by Ludvig Holberg.

BibliOdyssey posts illustrations from different editions of Ludvig Holberg’s satirical fantasy, appends the usual informative links and draws our attention Stories of a Hollow Earth at The Public Domain Review. I’d not come across the latter site before but it’s now bookmarked.

• While the economy of Europe continues to circle the toilet bowl it’s good to know that our Prime Minister is focusing on the important issues such as…limiting access to internet pornography. “Look at the implementation, and no matter where you stand on porn, I think you’ll see this plan is going to cause a lot of problems on its way to the eventual fail bin,” says Violet Blue. I was wondering how the four targeted ISPs would feel about a filtering plan that would drive many new customers elsewhere. The Register reports their response which comes down to offering guidelines rather than attempting the difficult and contentious task of filtering millions of websites.

• Related: Won’t you fuck off, Reg Bailey, in which the report by the small Christian pressure group that started all the fuss is eviscerated. | Elsewhere: Porn is good for society says Anna Arrowsmith, while Tristan Taormino asserts that “writing and publishing erotica, especially for minorities, is a political act.” Then there’s Pornsaints, “an artistic approach to porn, a pornographic approach to art, a pornartistic approach to religion.”

• In the music world: Richard H Kirk and Peter Care discuss Cabaret Voltaire and Johnny YesNo, Roy Harper talks to Alexis Petridis, and soundtrack composer Cliff Martinez is interviewed (and pictured playing a Cristal).

Witch’s Cradle at Strange Flowers (Maya Deren, Marcel Duchamp and Peggy Guggenheim), The Ghosts of Senate House, London, and Aleister Crowley’s Abbey of Thelema as it is today.

• RIP Frank Kameny, co-founder of the Mattachine Society, and a tireless gay rights advocate from the early 1960s on.

Bruce Weber photographs some of the dancers from Matthew Bourne’s Dance Company.

Terry Gilliam says “I used to think I could will things into existence. Not any more.”

• Charts at Business Insider: What the Wall Street protesters are so angry about.

Five From…: assorted wit and wisdom in the Tumblr labyrinth.

• Glass art by Jasmine Targett.

Ballard Geocoded.

Porno Base (1982) by 23 Skidoo | Kylie Minogue (2003) by Satanicpornocultshop | Tantric Porno (live) (2009) by Bardo Pond.

10 thoughts on “Weekend links 80”

  1. Privileged to be in such fine company! But wait – does this mean the abbey at Cefalù is for sale? Can you imagine some hapless Italian yuppies buying it as a fixer upper, moving in then digging a little into its history? And then finding out that people had been having ritualistic coked-up sex with goats in the corner where their mid-century modern sideboard stands?

  2. You’re welcome, and yes, the building does appear to be for sale. I was thinking how the people most eager to buy such are place are probably the least able. Maybe Jimmy Page would be interested although he sold Crowley’s Boleskine house in 1991. I can imagine some people demanding exorcisms before they’d move in.

  3. I enjoy porn as much as I loathe soap operas but I don’t demand that the latter should be restricted or forbidden. Incidentally, “porn” along with a few other sex-related words is part of the blacklist used by the Akismet spam filter employed here. Consequently, any comment using that word is liable to disappear unless I’m notified.

  4. Or maybe not… I think your earlier comment vanished because you used a trigger word with an url, a common feature of spam comments.

  5. A trigger word is anything that flags the comment as potential spam, usually something sex-related or one of the numerous medicines or pills that people try to sell cheaply in the US. All these comments include a link to a sales site so relevant word plus a web link and you end up in the spam pile.

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