Snapshots of Pescara

I attended Captivating Criminality 6 on the coast of the Adriatic. Pescara was once an Olympic venue. Pier Paolo Passolini passed there on his coastal roadtrip. It was very hot and surprisingly humid, so you can imagine how enervated I was (melting! melting!). Though I knew co-host Fiona Peters, I met folks I’ve known online…

Captivating Criminality 6

I am on the road again! Off to the east coast of Italy for Captivating Criminality 6. It should be a lot of fun. I’ve not been to that part of Italy and it looks like there’s a great range of presentations. I’ll be talking about the adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game. Not sure…

Magickal Women Conference 2019

The Magickal Women Conference, exactly as advertised: a fantastic day! The only fault I would bring up is that there was just too much wonderful stuff to see it all. Well done, looking forward to the next one. Not many photos alas, as there was just too much going on. Victoria Musson‘s Grain Goddess was…

Tove in Tokyo

I have been invited by the Finnish Institute of Japan to give a keynote lecture…

Popular Occulture Write-Up

It was great to get to Glasgow and see Jay! And of course to attend the Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1967 workshop, which touched upon many of my interests and current projects. See the full schedule with bios of the presenters here. This is just some quick notes on things that I want to remember:…

The Occult & Popular Social Movements

Today I’ll be in Glasgow to attend a day-long workshop on a topic of interest for several things I’m working on at present including the serial. You can see the full program here. It’s been coordinated by Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947. I expect I will write about it afterward, as usual. If you need…

Charms Conference #FolkloreThursday

Sneaking into the last few hours of #FolkloreThursday and finally sharing a bit about the Charms Conference I went to last month at Harvard. It was great: even better, there’s a proposed proceedings volume in the works so you may be able to share some of the exciting things I heard and saw that weekend….

Out Now: Tarot in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

My essay¬†“The Unlikely Milliner & The Magician of Threadneedle-Street” has been published in Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature. Click the 1st link to read a free PDF; click the 2nd to find information on ordering the issue (you can get it through your library, too). There’s a…

On the Road Again

It’s Easter so the pop culture scholars gather at PCA: this year it’s in Indianapolis so my big plan is to finally see the Vonnegut Library. I’m rooming with gal pal Miss Wendy and we’ve already caught up with some friends the first night. Busy busy, busy, as Bokononists say. Spreading the word of my…

My Blakean Muse

Rouze up, O Young Men of the New Age! set your foreheads against the ignorant Hirelings! For we have Hirelings in the Camp, the Court & the University, who would, if they could, for ever depress Mental & prolong Corporeal War. William Blake, Preface to Milton I have had some insight into a revision I…