But every beginning is only a continuation And the book of fate is always open in the middle. --Polish Poem
Mayan priests had a ceremonial calendar which governed thirteen festivals of twenty days each. The ceremonial calendar rolled through the year like a wheel, and consequently the festivals occurred at different days each year but always in the same sequence. The priests could calculate into the future or the past exactly what the populace would be doing, hearing or seeing on any given date. They were dealing from a stacked deck. --William Burroughs
If time were a pool we could kneel at its edge and gaze at our reflections and then beyond them to what lay deeper still. Instead of looking back at time we could look down into it - just as we could peel back the layers of the palimpsest - and now and again different features of the past - different sights and sounds and voices and dreams - would rise to the surface: rise and subside, and the deep pool would hold them all, so that nothing was lost and nothing ever went away. --Lucie Duff Gordon
A savvy lawyer's wife watches in dismay as her husband fixates on a bizarre abandoned mansion in upstate New York as the key to restoring his virility. As he dives into the daunting restoration project, he soon transforms into a rapacious gambler from the '30s. His wife enlists a practical New Age witch to help her out, and a battle for their souls ensues. Masterton delivers tight pacing and satisfying climaxes and conveys a delicious aura of decadence through details such as dry rot, baccarat, Sobranies, Mallarme, unusual sex, liniment, the music of Nirvana and the scream of the mandrake.
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High-powered Manhattan lawyer Craig Bellman and his eager-to-please wife, Effie, are touring the Hudson River Valley when they chance upon Valhalla, a decrepit mansion that broods on the bluffs north of Cold Spring. A monument to the towering ego of textile mogul Jack Belias, who vanished mysteriously in 1937, the edifice has understandable psychological appeal for Craig, who is recuperating from his near emasculation during a recent mugging. At first, Effie is happy that Craig's obsessive interest in rebuilding Valhalla has restored his confidence and potence.… (more)