It’s about 10:30AM the next day, and I’m still recovering from the post-seder food coma.
I was one of the jurors let go as a result of a challenge. So my jury duty is over. I won’t have to do it again for four years (for a federal court) or six years (for a state court).
This year’s Passover seder (on Friday evening) is more logistically complex than previous years, even though the number of people is fewer.
I seem to be slowly moving back to working on Isaac Bonewits’ biography. I’ve let it lie fallow for about two years, mainly because I became frustrated at my attempts at some hard-to-reach interview subjects.
Recently, Phaedra Bonewits has tried to identify the original members of the American Council of Witches. She was kind enough to forward me confirmation from Oberon Zell-Ravenheart that Isaac was the main author of the Principles of Wiccan Belief (though some editing was done).
This reminded me of another gap in my biographical research:
Isaac was editor of Gnostica, and wrote many articles for the Green Egg; what interests me more about the latter are his exchanges with the Satanic community in the magazine’s letter column. Back issues of Gnostica and Green Egg are hard to find, at least for the period of Isaac’s involvement. I know that Oberon and the Weschke family have the complete run of back issues, but they’re not going to mail them off to some dude (namely me) they don’t know.
I don’t really want the issues themselves. What I want are PDF files of those publications so I can reference them at my leisure. That leads to the title of my post: Are you a pagan who’s been around for a while you might have back issues of Gnostica from 1973-1975, or Green Egg with Isaac’s letters, sitting around in a back room, a box, or a closet? Would you be willing to send them to me if I paid the postage? What I’d do is scan the magazines to PDF, then send them either back to you, or to the University of California at Santa Barbara to be part of their American Religions Collection.
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From today’s Writer’s Almanac:
On this day in 1327, the poet Petrarch saw Laura for the first time. […] Petrarch was 22 years old, and she was a teenager, maybe 17. He fell instantly in love. He wrote:
It was the day when the sun’s heavy rays
Grew pale in pity of his suffering Lord
When I fell captive, lady, to the gaze
Of your fair eyes, fast bound in love’s strong cord.
Given the content of his poetry, it seems likely that the two never had an affair, but for the rest of his life he idealized her and dedicated three hundred and sixty-six sonnets to her.
Petrarch, I feel your pain. This explains why none of my exes are impressed by my blog posts.