Angela Ruiz Robles (1895-1975) was a
Spanish teacher and inventor, who in 1949 was awarded a patent for what she
called “the Mechanical Encyclopedia” – an early version of the electronic book.
She got the
pioneering idea as a solution to lighten the weight of the books her students
had to carry every day. For this purpose, she created a device that consisted
of texts and illustrations on reels, with a sheet of magnifying glass and a
light that allowed for it to be read in the dark.
If you had asked me about The Book of the Damned a couple of months ago, the first thing that would’ve come to mind would’ve been the mythic Necronomicon Ex Mortis from the Evil Dead Series. And more particularly, the memorable scene from The Army of Darkness where the hero can’t remember the magic words Klaatu verata nikto and raises thousands of Deadites by mistake (it’s not as if Dean didn’t drive me nuts with shitty Bruce Campbell impersonations for the past 20 years). I would also have told you about a book by Charles Fort, maybe unknown to the majority of you, but apparently a reference tome for some supernatural enthusiasts out there. I’m not gonna boast about that last one as I’d never really heard about it either before my quest to remove the Mark made me consider the possibility that this volume could contain the answer to getting rid of Dean’s fucking curse.
Marilyn read a great deal of the writings of the founder of psychoanalysis, after embarking on an intensive program of analysis and self-discovery in the mid-fifties that was to accompany her through the remainder of her life.
On seeing a photo of Freud inside a collection of his letters, Marilyn exclaimed that he looked “as if he died a disappointed man.”
Marilyn was offered but rejected a role in a film about Freud, being put together by John Huston in the early sixties.