1. "It started for me last Thursday, in response to an urgent message from my nurse. I had hurried home from a medical convention. At first glance, everything looked the same.  It wasn’t… In the back of my mind a warning bell was ringing. Sick people who couldn’t wait to see me, then suddenly were perfectly all right. A boy claiming his mother wasn’t his mother. A woman claiming her uncle wasn’t her uncle."

    From Daniel Mainwaring’s screenplay for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

  2. "Now the human brain and the human nervous system are so far as we know the most perfected receiving apparatus for all magnetic currents, for all the vibrations of the psychic atmosphere. And this leads us to think in the last resort that manifestations attributed to occult causes have in truth merely changed their name, and that the witchcraft of the devil has been followed in our own time, the great scientific witchcraft…"

    Witchcraft, Florian Parmentier

    image: Pierre Rojanski

  3. …and only little children know
    Through what dark gates her smile may go.

    The Widow, Walter de la Mare

  4. "You don’t know everything that’s real or not real," she said. "That psychic did know something extremely personal about me. Why can’t you believe it?"
    I told her that when I encounter anything amazing or wonderful, I instantly begin doubting. I wake up in the morning like that. It’s my default position. I told her it’s almost my job to be skeptical; it’s my role to question things.
    She sweetly interrupted, “I know that. But it’s my role just to be cool with things.”
    I was already cautiously in love with her, but after that moment I was utterly lost.

  5. "…you met me, flattered me, and taught me to be vain of my good looks. One day you introduced me to a friend of yours, who explained to me the wonder of youth, and you finished a portrait of me that revealed to me the wonder of beauty. In a mad moment that, even now, I don’t know whether I regret or not, I made a wish, perhaps you would call it a prayer…."

    The Picture of Dorian Gray  Oscar Wilde

    photo of Catherine Deneuve by Benoît Peverelli

  6. The lobbies and dining rooms of the original theatre were covered in thin, tattered red carpet.
    This is where I met Olivia, but I can’t recall the circumstances, other than depending on her to get me from one room to the next. How did she know my name? I was reluctant to say anything about my fear of the place, and my suspicion of everyone there. Grushko and Litvikov were silent, as always. Rurik, from the Memory Institute, shared my fascination with the tables, the chandeliers, the plates and knives. I would see him again, with Olivia, at the embankment, where both would hastily—but kindly—usher me into the waiting cargo plane. The emblems on the buttons of her tunic—I can never place them. So I can’t be certain she’s one of us.

    Green Vincentine’s recurring dream, first experienced summer of 1990.

  7. I am on fire,
    and it’s the rainy season
    in this desert
    you made me create.
    I am on fire,
    and it’s the rainy season
    and you’re like a mirage
    I could learn to hate.

    "The Rainy Season" Howard Devoto

    image: Edward Hopper

  8. "When selling a home your success or failure often boils down to the open house. Home sellers with an excellent open house draw in many potential buyers, while those with a lackluster presentation drive them away. Most home buyers make up their decision based on first impressions, so deciding to take the time and properly set up a wowing open house is important."

    How to Have an Effective Open House, Realty Times

  9. "Observe these generation of Witches, if they be at any time abused by being called Whore, Theefe, &c, by any where they live, they are the readiest to cry and wring their hands, and shed tears in abundance & run with full and right sorrowfull acclamations to some Justice of the Peace, and with many teares make their complaints…"
    In Answer to severall QUERIES, LATELY Delivered to the Judges of Assize for the County of NORFOLK. And now published By MATTHEW HOPKINS, Witch-finder, FOR The Benefit of the whole KINGDOME. M. DC. XLVII.

    image: The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968, directed by Jack Cardiff)