“We live among ruins in a World in which ‘god is dead’ as Nietzsche stated. The ideals of today are comfort, expediency, surface knowledge, disregard for one’s ancestral heritage and traditions, catering to the lowest standards of taste and intelligence, apotheosis of the pathetic, hoarding of material objects and possessions, disrespect for all that is inherently higher and better — in other words a complete inversion of true values and ideals, the raising of the victory flag of ignorance and the banner of degeneracy. In such a time, social decadence is so widespread that it appears as a natural component of all political institutions. The crises that dominate the daily lives of our societies are part of a secret occult war to remove the support of spiritual and traditional values in order to turn man into a passive instrument of dark powers.
The common ground of both Capitalism and Socialism is a materialistic view of life and being. Materialism in its war with the Spirit has taken on many forms; some have promoted its goals with great subtlety, whilst others have done so with an alarming lack of subtlety, but all have added, in greater or lesser measure, to the growing misery of Mankind. The forms which have done the most damage in our time may be enumerated as: Freemasonry, Liberalism, Nihilism, Capitalism, Socialism, Marxism, Imperialism, Anarchism, Modernism and the New Age.”
― Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Sterling the Cat at Abraxas Books today.
"Be radical, have principles, be absolute, be that which the bourgeoisie calls an extremist: give yourself without counting or calculating, don’t accept what they call ‘the reality of life’ and act in such a way that you won’t be accepted by that kind of ‘life’, never abandon the principle of struggle."
— Julius Evola.
I have seen my share of medieval bindings, but this one from the late 14th century is particularly pretty. First there is the leather, which is filled with blind-stamped decoration. Its colour and shine gives the binding the appearance of the Coca-Cola sorbet ice cream I used to love as a kid. Then there is the protective brass on the corners, shiny and yellow, with embedded circles reminiscent of Celtic decoration. And finally there is the ivory carving placed in the middle of the binding, showing Christ on the cross. It’s just the perfect coat for a medieval book.
Pic: London, British Library, Add. MS 10301 (more here). The book contains saints’ lives written in Middle English.
Mütter museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Over 25,00 specimens inhabit the Mütter museum, showcasing human mutations, injuries, and abnormalities. Thomas Mütter, a surgeon, collected abnormal and unique specimens in an effort to show his students the wide variety in human bodies. He donated his collection of 1,300 anatomical and pathological materials to a museum that opened in 1863.
Included here is a 70-pound ovarian cyst, skulls affected by syphilis, a stone fetus, and more. All of these existed inside living, breathing humans, as you see them, testaments to the fragility of humans and their development.
beautiful home library
Interesting - if you do books long enough to identify them by the spines you can always spot a prop/stage/cosmetic-decoration “library” - including odd/incomplete/overcomplete sets (such as the Churchill WWII set with the three duplicate volumes) and obsolete reference sets that no one would keep for anything other than shelf decoration. Kudos for not using Reader’s Digest Condensed Books.
This is a fun game when watching films also - usually where the most “continuity errors” occur - and anachronisms, such as books not published until the 60s or 70s sitting on shelves in films taking place in the 40s or 50s.
But these are nice wood bookcases in an interesting room.