People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But it’s really a bizarre activity. ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life.’
If you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in a science fiction movie, you would think it was weird and tell all your friends about the movie you’d seen.
They had these people, you know? And they would walk around all day and be OK? And then, once a day, usually after dark, they would lie down on these special platforms and become unconscious. They would stop functioning almost completely, except deep in their minds they would have adventures and experiences that were completely impossible in real life. As they lay there, completely vulnerable to their enemies, their only movements were to occasionally shift from one position to another; or, if one of the 'mind adventures’ got too real, they would sit up and scream and be glad they weren’t unconscious anymore. Then they would drink a lot of coffee.’
So, next time you see someone sleeping, make believe you’re in a science fiction movie. And whisper, 'The creature is regenerating itself.
Honourable order of bibliographic cartography and strange space spelunking.
Meeting minutes: 3rd of July
Recruiting drive for new library assistants to replenish numbers lost in last retrieval mission. As well as a new negotiator.
Library techs report the new Time based compass seems to be showing
promise but still has troubles with the lower realms and more weird
spaces on campus.
The head clerk notes the last archive of poetry quarantined in the quad
has caused at least circulation assistant to begin bouts of
uncontrollable giggles and wandering in places best left alone. The book
has been segregated in the locked shelves for safety.
Dive master has reported a particularly good pocket of stable
timelessness for research and development to create a base camp and test
lab later this semester and that it seems to have a low concentration
of indigenous fey to object. I will be sending our remaining negotiator
to work out any details. If we are lucky they may come back.
Training of our new diviner is going ok, however she has led at least one team into another century. so as they, time will tell.
I would just like to be where you are; I would just like to trust you and love you and be with you. Only with you. Inside of you, around you, in all conceivable and inconceivable places. I would like to be where you are.
Kahlo, The Diary Of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait.
George Bryan “Beau” Brummell (7 June 1778 – 30 March 1840)
An iconic figure in Regency England, the arbiter of men’s fashion, and a friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV. He established the mode of dress for men that rejected overly ornate fashions for one of understated, but perfectly fitted and tailored bespoke garments. This look was based on dark coats, full-length trousers rather than knee breeches and stockings, and above all immaculate shirt linen and an elaborately knotted cravat.
Beau Brummell is credited with introducing, and establishing as fashion, the modern men’s suit, worn with a necktie. He claimed he took five hours a day to dress, and recommended that boots be polished with champagne. The style of dress was referred to as dandyism. (Wikipedia)
From our stacks: Illustrations from Beau Brummell A Play in Four Acts Written for Richard Mansfield By Clyde Fitch. New York: John Lane Company, 1908.
(Just to be clear, these photos are of Richard Mansfield costumed as Beau Brummell, not Brummell himself.)