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"The boys wore crepe-soled shoes, polyester pants and the girls wore skirts with the crinoline underneath. You must have the crinoline," said Cooksie Magnolia, who grew up with Emmett on the same street. "Young girls wore flared skirts so when their male partners spun them around, their skirts would have that extra flare."
"That was a good time because where we grew up, a lot of guys listened to the Moonglows, the Coasters, the Flamingos and the Spaniels," said Richard Heard, one of Emmett's classmates. "We'd try to imitate them in our little singing groups. It was a lot of fun."
One afternoon, Heard was invited to Emmett's house for bologna sandwiches and Kool-Aid. They were all looking forward to returning to school together in the fall where they would complete eighth grade and move on to high school. Heard never knew that would be the last time he would see his friend alive.
"Emmett was a funny guy all the time. He had a suitcase of jokes that he liked to tell," said Heard. "He loved to make people laugh. He was a chubby kid; most of the guys were skinny, but he didn't let that stand in his way. He made a lot of friends at McCosh Grammar School where we went to school."* Just months after Emmett Till's murder, Look magazine published "The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi," in which Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam confessed to the crime.
Journalist William Bradford Huie recalled the interview:
Monday, October 24, 2005
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i like my body when it is with your body. It is so quite new a thing. Muscles better and nerves more. i like your body. i like what it does, i like its hows. i like to feel the spine of your body and its bones, and the trembling -firm-smooth ness and which i will again and again and again kiss, i like kissing this and that of you, i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes over parting flesh . . . . And eyes big love-crumbs, and possibly i like the thrill of under me you so quite new
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
*Puxian-Bodhisattva of Universal Benevolence or Samantabhadra
Having passed over the nearest mountains we entered a delightful vale, where we perceived a multitude of persons at a feast of living bulls, whose flesh they cut away with great knives, making a table of the creature’s carcase, serenaded by the bellowing of the unfortunate animal. Nothing seemed requisite to add to the barbarity of this feast but kava, made as described in Cook’s voyages, and at the conclusion of the feast we perceived them brewing this liquor, which they drank with the utmost avidity. From that moment, inspired with an idea of universal benevolence, I determined to abolish the custom of eating live flesh and drinking of kava. But I knew that such a thing could not be immediately effected, whatever in future time might be performed.
Monday, October 17, 2005
The Furies or, Erinyes, were the avenging deities, the angry goddesses of the curse pronounced upon evil-doers.
According to Hesiod they were the daughters of Earth, and sprang from the blood of the mutilated Uranus; in Aeschylus they are the daughters of Night, in Sophocles of Darkness and Earth.
Sometimes one Erinyes is mentioned, sometimes several. Euripides first spoke of them as three in number, to whom later Alexandrian writers gave the names Alecto (unceasing in anger), Tisiphone (avenger of murder), and Megaera (jealous).
Their home is the underworld, but they ascend to earth to pursue the wicked. They punish all offences against the laws of human society, such as perjury, violation of the rites of hospitality, and, above all, the murder of relations. But they are not without benevolent and beneficent attributes. When the sinner has expiated his crime they are ready to forgive.
Thus, their persecution of Orestes ceases after his acquittal by the Areopagus. It is said that on this occasion they were first called Eumenides ("the kindly"), a euphemistic variant of their real name.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
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The great immutable decrees which forever keep order in the infinite realm of manifested life are all based upon the one great principle of creation, love. That is the heart, the source of all & the very hub upon which existence in form takes place. Love is harmony & without it in the beginning of a form that form could not come into existence at all. Love is the cohesive power of the universe & without it a universe could not be.
In your scientific world love expresses itself as the attractive force between the electrons. It is the directive intelligence which wills them into form, the power which keeps them whirling around a central core & the breath within the core that draws them to it. The same thing is true of each vortex of force everywhere in creation. A central core & the electrons whirling around it form an atom. This core of love is to the atom what the magnetic pole is to the Earth & what the spine is to the human body. Without a central core or heart-center there is only the unformed universal light, the electrons filling infinity & whirling around the Great Central Sun.
The electron is pure spirit or light of God. It remains forever uncontaminated & perfect. It is eternally self-sustained, indestructible, self-luminous & intelligent. It is immortal, ever-pure, intelligent light-energy & the only real true substance out of which everything in the universe is made, the eternally perfect life-essence of God. Interstellar space is filled with this pure light-essence. It is not dark & in chaos as has been the ignorant limited concept of puny human intellects. This great sea of universal light that exists everywhere throughout infinity is constantly being drawn into form & given a quality of one kind or another according to the way the electrons are held around a central point or core by love.
The number of electrons which combine with each other in a specific atom is the result of & determined by conscious thought. The rate at which they whirl around the central core is the result of & determined by feeling. The intensity of the drawing & whirling motion within the central core is the breath of God & therefore the most concentrated activity of divine love. Speaking in scientific terms it would be called centripetal force. There are the determining factors which make the quality of an atom.
Thus you will see the atom is an entity, a living breathing thing created or brought into existence by the breath, the love of God, thru the will of self-conscious intelligence. In this way the Word is made flesh. The machinery that self-conscious intelligence uses to accomplish this manifestation of its being is thought & feeling. Destructive thought & discordant feeling so rearrange the ratio & rate of speed of the electrons within the atom that the duration of the breath of God within the pole is changed. The duration of the breath is decreed by the will of the consciousness using that particular kind of atom. If that conscious directing will is withdrawn the electrons lose their polarity & fly apart seeking their way back intelligently mind you to the Great Central Sun, repolarizing themselves. There they receive love only, the breath of God is never-ending & order--the first law--is eternally maintained.
Some scientists have claimed & taught that planets collide in space. No such thing is possible. To do so would be to throw the entire plan of creation into chaos. It really is fortunate indeed that the mighty laws of God are not limited to the opinions of some of the children of earth. It does not matter what any scientist thinks, God-creation is ever moving forward & expressing more & more perfection.
Constructive thought & harmonious feeling within a human mind & body are the activities of love & order. These permit the perfect ratio & speed of the electrons within the atom to remain permanent & thus they stay polarized at their particular point in the universe as long as the duration of the breath of God within their core is held steady by the will of the directing self-conscious intelligence using the body in which they exist. In this way the quality of perfection & maintenance of life in a human body is always under the consscious control of the will of the individual occupying it. The will of the individual is supreme over his temple & even in cases of accident no one leaves his body temple until he wills to do so. Very often pain in the body, fear, uncertainty & many other things influence the personality to change its decisions concerning what it has willed in the past, but everything that happens to the body is & will always be under the control of the individual's freewill.
To understand the above explanation concerning the electron & the conscious control the individual has thru his thought & feeling to govern the atomic structure of his own body is to understand the one principle governing form thruout infinity. When man will make the effort to prove this to himself or within his own atomic fleshbody he will then proceed to master himself. When he has done that all else in the universe is his willing co-worker to accomplish whatsoever he wills thru love. Whoever makes himself willingly obedient unto the law of love has perfection in his mind & world permanently maintained. Unto him & him alone does all authority & mastery belong. He only has the right to rule because he has first learned to obey. When he has obtained obedience from the atomic structure within his own mind & body all atomic structure outside of his own mind & body will obey him also.
Thus each individual thru thought & feeling has the power to rise to the highest or sink to the lowest. Each one alone determines his own pathway of experience. By conscious control of his attention as to what he allows his mind to accept he can walk & talk with God face to face or, looking away from God, become lower than the animals sinking his human consciousness into oblivion. In the latter case the God-flame within him then withdraws from its human habitation. After aeons of time it tries a human journey once again into the world of physical matter until final victory is accomplished consciously & of its own freewill.
One of the services of the seventh ray is to help to sublimate & transmute impure substance drawn into the forcefields around electrons in the emotional, mental, etheric & physical bodies. Thus the individual redeems consciously all the energy he has drawn thru the ages & used for experimentation. As in a carpenter's workshop there are many shavings, much sawdust & other residue which result from his endeavors to produce a form of beauty so there is in the aura much residue which results from experimentation with the tools of creation.
The good carpenter not only produces a beautiful piece of furniture but cleans up his workshop as well. The good honest chela in the process of ascending into his God-estate has the use of the violet fire to clean up the residue of his experimentations with life while consciously developing his own divine nature. This is balance, spiritual integriy & mercy to the rest of the universe. Too long have the nature kingdom & the ascended host continued to transmute this residue for man! Now he has the way & means of making this personal transmutation of the energies for which he is accountable. At the same time he thus qualifies to become an ascended being himself!
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|Hello, and welcome to Porta Ludovica! And a special congratulations to any visitors from Milan who have managed to break free from “Milanese Space,” but I regret to inform you that this Porta Ludovica exists only in cyberspace, and will not help you in triangulating your way back to Piazza Napoli. Sorry! Umberto Eco is an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children’s books, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions. His perceptive essays on modern culture are filled with a delightful sense of humor and irony, and his ideas on semiotics, interpretation, and aesthetics have established his reputation as one of academia’s foremost thinkers.|
|The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana Annotation Project - An ever-growing resource on the countless allusions and quotations in Umberto Eco's latest novel. The Annotation Project is a wiki, a web page that anyone can modify. |
Interview with Geoff Brock – Eco's new translator on the upcoming publication of The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Eco's fifth novel.
Mystery of the Abbey A murder mystery game loosely based on Name of the Rose.
Eco on the Diane Rehm Show Eco talks on WAMU of Washington, D.C. with host Diane Rehm about Queen Loana. Streaming audio available, and you can also purchase the program on tape or CD.
The Gorge A chapter of Eco’s new novel is now online at the New Yorker.
New Eco Novel! The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana now in stores. Details here!
Name of the Rose Film Finally released on DVD.
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Paradox of Porta Ludovica (A Study of Ambiguous Triangulation)
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My name is Umberto Umberto (Biography) A small biographical sketch of Umberto Eco.
I construct Aristotelian Machines, that allow anyone to see with Words (Works – Fiction & Nonfiction) A look at his literary output, from his novels to his academic texts. Most have a small summary and some commentary.
Unheard-of Curiosities (Eco’s Writings & Essays) A collection of essays and short writings by Umberto Eco avalaible online for perusal.
Reviewers will unhesitatingly recommend it as required reading in the schools (Reviews) Reviews of works by and about Eco, culled from newspapers, magazines, and online sources.
In the construction of Immortal Fame you need first of all a cosmic shamelessness (Interviews & Articles) The Professor in interview and articles; also culled from newspapers, magazines, and online sources.
A novel, which is a machine for generating interpretations (Criticism) Articles and books of academic criticism written about Eco and his works.
Mystical. Dramatic. Baroque. Algolagnical. Scatological. Sadomasochistic. (Quotations) A collection of interesting quotations and remarks made by Eco in his fiction and nonfiction.
I shrink into one remote corner of my mind, to draw from it a story (Books on Tape) A listing and review of some audio versions of Eco’s novels.
The Great Art of Light and Shadow (Cinema, Theater & Music) Eco’s works and influences in non-printed media, from the film The Name of the Rose to Robert Wilson’s The Days Before.
Sext: In which Adso admires the door of the church (Images) Photographs of Eco and of subjects relating to his works, plus a few interesting things I created myself with Photoshop after a zillion cups of coffee.
Sir, no person of sense believes in these historiettes! (Papers about Eco) Links to a few papers or essays related to Eco found around the Web.
The Curious Learning of the Wits of the Day (Eco Online Communities: Reading Groups, Mailing Lists & Newsgroups) Links to Eco-ralted online communities, including Specula, the new Umberto Eco Mailing List.
Advancing into the forest of resemblances (Links) Links to other sites relating to Eco or his works.
I would advise against getting involved with a man like this: we’ll end up with a mountain of his books in the warehouse (Bookstore) A very comprehensive catalog of Eco works and Eco-related titles, directly available for ordering online through Amazon.com Books.
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