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Gavels

I’m reading a piece of historical mystery fiction, something that I don’t ordinarily enjoy, being much too rooted in the near present for some reason. But Rules of Engagement by Bruce Alexander is pretty good. Set in England’s 18th century, it features a blind London magistrate, Sir John Fielding, and his amanuensis, a boy who plans on becoming a lawyer. ... Read More »

“Think of it, Papa…”

Back when I was reading about Carl Jung, I learned about Eugen Bleuler, Jung’s mentor and the one who first introduced the term schizophrenia. In his 1911 book Dementia praecox oder Gruppe der Schizophrenien, there’s a young woman’s report of a hallucination that I found quite touchingly beautiful. I translated it and set it out as a found poem: Think ... Read More »