Saturday, February 25, 2012

Manny at Mardi Gras
I took a trip to New Orleans this past weekend. If a vacation can be said to be productive, then last week's holiday certainly was. Not only in terms of the fun time that Mardi Gras implies, but also with the chance to consult with a very special contributor to the Manny Tippitoes opus and to look around at the varied forms of creativity that contribute to Carnival.
The chance to look over the parades and the varying approaches taken by the krewes that create floats and parades was priceless. In New Orleans, krewes take on names like Druid, Proteus, Bacchus, Muses, Comus and Thoth. They refer to themselves as Mystic Orders. Floats, beads and doubloons are rife with imagery from Egyptian, Greek and Celtic mythology. The city was awash in the stuff in a way that belies the presence of the Catholic Church that hangs over New Orleans. Throw in the fact that floats are preceded by masked riders and manned by masked attendants and you'll see how I was fascinated by the whole process. Not just food for thought - a banquet.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

While we are on the topic of Jack the Ripper...

Screaming Lord Sutch previewed and predicted much to come in rock music, but for our purposes let's just focus on the knowing grin.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I wouldn't recommend Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell to anyone under 18 (and if you are under 18 please remove any reference to the book from your brain immediately.) If it were possible for someone to read the 40 pages Moore's annotations and appendix without any attachment to the graphic novel they would find said notes to be informative and entertaining on their own.
Or at least I did, anyway.
The book is about the Jack The Ripper murders and the subject matter provides a huge tangle of facts and theories.  What's fun is to read Moore's thoughts regarding the usage of that raw material in the creation of the book. Moore is also great at crediting friends and associates for passing along books and tips.
 And you just can't beat writing like this:
"The history of Freemasonry is an impossibly convoluted web, a situation that is not helped by the extreme eagerness of Freemasons themselves when it comes to establishing ancient precedents for their order."  From Hell - Appendix 1 - Page 12 (Top Shelf Productions, 2006)