Hah. That’s always the bitch of a spell, isn’t it?

He bought a copy of the master’s Magic in Theory and Practice in Oxford in 1965. “I thought I might use it for spells and didn’t know I would ever use it in a novel. Trouble is, if you want a spell to achieve spectacular results, you have to do things like getting the skin of a gazelle taken from its mother when it’s eight months old, and steeped in turmeric and ground-up lapis lazuli.”

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houghtonlib:

The imitation of Christ, 1889. Bound in crushed morocco, gilt-tooled doublures, satin endpapers, by Fazakerley, edges gilt and gauffered, with fore-edge painting of Jesus based on William Holman Hunt’s painting “The Light of the World,” 1854.

*GC.T3610.Eg889b

Houghton Library, Harvard University

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laclefdescoeurs:

The Path of True Love Never Did Run Smooth, 1896, Talbot Hughes

laclefdescoeurs:

The Path of True Love Never Did Run Smooth, 1896, Talbot Hughes

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smithsonianlibraries:

detroitlib:

#ThrowBackThursday

We wanted to share this charming label found in many of our books for #TBT.  It dates to a time when the library was known as the Public Library of the City of Detroit (before 1865).. We love the wording, but love the five cent fine for grease spots even more.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Wow, they were pretty hard core about fines - 5 cents for dog-earring a page!

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Photos by Miron Zownir

Can you tell us the period of your life when you were documenting the “sex piers” ofNew York located between Westside highway and the Hudson River, from what I gather it was a pretty intense time?

I would say it was the time when the sexual revolution was at its peak. It is strange and sad that with the outbreak of Aids many hopes and dreams about sexual or any kind of freedom got shattered. In the early eighties there was little fear of such a devastating epidemical outbreak. New York was boasting with its sexual vibration. Every nightclub and even the streets where full of exotics, sexual misfits and freaks. The society was still hungry for all kinds of different artistic expressions. It was a time when a real change in taste, attitude, expression or style came from the streets into the media and not vice versa as it is today. Life wasn’t as organized and people weren’t so obsessed with health, money and fame. In the seventies and early eighties it was hard to find anyone who didn’t smoke, drink, abuse drugs or fuck with a condom. And the moral opposition didn’t have much to object about it. Nobody cared about them. The Sex piers at the West Side Highway was one of the many places that demonstrated that “I do what I want”-spirit. Of cause it was more secluded and purely for homosexuals. Not even the drag queens where welcomed there. But it was an anarchistic-like playground for people getting out of the closet to let their steam off.

The hero’s of that time where Bukowski, Burroughs, Crump or the Sid Vicious and not Lady Gaga, Harry Potter, Lagerfeld or that royal sister, what’s her name?

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scarletimprint:

Winner from the Museum of Witchcraft children’s art week.Nice. Original source: http://museumofwitchcraft.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/winners-of-childrens-art-week-announced.html

I don’t even know what my favorite part of this is.

scarletimprint:

Winner from the Museum of Witchcraft children’s art week.
Nice.

Original source: http://museumofwitchcraft.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/winners-of-childrens-art-week-announced.html

I don’t even know what my favorite part of this is.

"Who’s Gonna Rub Me," Margaret Doll Rod

It’s Margaret’s birthday. Please celebrate the way she’d want you to celebrate. And for those sad fuckers who don’t know who she is… your lives are empty and meaningless.

Please see the entry for August 16. If you aren’t at least a little bit in love with Joshi than I seriously don’t know what your problem is.

Indeed, I have a much better suggestion as to an individual after whom a new bust, should one be desired, could be modelled. That person is, if I may say so without undue immodesty, myself.

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psychedelicway:

In Every Government on Earth There is Some Trace of Human Weakness…
William Weege - Happening Press, San Francisco - 1967

psychedelicway:

In Every Government on Earth There is Some Trace of Human Weakness…

William Weege - Happening Press, San Francisco - 1967

russian-style:

Konstantin Somov - Book of marquise. Illustration, 1918. 

russian-style:

Konstantin Somov - Book of marquise. Illustration, 1918. 

And on that note, let’s go where the genuine 50 Shades fans probably won’t. Is my French good enough to read this book? Hell no. 

At this point I feel a moral obligation to pay to see 50 Shades of Grey in the theater because it will piss off and disappoint all the right people. 

greuze:

Attributed to Hugues Jean François Paul Duqueylard, Orpheus (Detail), 18th/19th Century

greuze:

Attributed to Hugues Jean François Paul Duqueylard, Orpheus (Detail), 18th/19th Century

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