From H.P. Lovecraft to Philip Pullman, popular culture is rife with the mystique of the North. Why does it command such fascination? How far into the past do its roots extend? Ranging from the Stone Age to the Space Age, North’s bold vision of cosmology maps how the pole star became associated with political power, religious rapture, and social hierarchies. And when the Copernican Revolution unseated the idea of Earth as the centre of everything, shards of this polar cosmos fell down, seeding strange fantasies, haunting our modern world with remnants of celestial dreams...
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Spanning ten years of independent research into prehistoric art and monuments, altered states, folklore, mythology and occult practice, this is the first collection of writings by Gyrus, creator of Towards 2012 and Dreamflesh Journal. More info »
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- Jim: I occasionally have time for Werner Herzog-style conscious misattribution of quotes… Pynchon made a career out of it. And very well it turned out too! :-)
- Gyrus: Thanks KMO!
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- Gyrus: Thanks for that tidbit, Isabelle. I occasionally have time for Werner Herzog-style conscious misattribution of quotes (I think he made up a quote attributed to...
- Isabelle Champlin: I enjoy your posts. FYI The Random Pearl quote from Nietzsche is not from him at all. (“Those that were seen dancing were thought to be insane...
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