Belén de Sárraga (c. 1872-1950)

Belén de Sárraga (c. 1872-1950) The excellent and deeply researched new book by Mexican historian María Teresa Fernández Aceves, Mujeres en el cambio social en el siglo XX mexicano (Women in Social Change in 20th Century Mexico) has one chapter in particular directly relevant to my own book on the Mexican Revolution: a mini-biography of Belén... Read more »
August 9, 2014

The Useful Life: A Crown to the Simple Life

The Useful Life: A Crown to the Simple Life From www.archive.org I oftentimes cannot believe my luck– our luck– with archive.org. I’ve been writing and researching for my writing long enough to well remember when finding books was a question of going to the library or, in some cases, shelling out the money for a copy. Oftentimes, when the... Read more »
June 30, 2014

Cyberflanerie: Mesmerically Mesmeric Edition

Cyberflanerie: Mesmerically Mesmeric Edition Re: Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution. One of the more interesting aspects for me in going through Francisco I. Madero’s personal library was the large number of books on mesmerism and, related to that, magnetic healing and hypnotism. In his Spiritist Manual, Madero often talks about invisible vital “fluids”– a... Read more »
April 15, 2014

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Sherlock Holmes and Spiritualism

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Sherlock Holmes and Spiritualism Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on archive.org(this is a screenshot; does not link) What a rich resource is archive.org! I’m on there almost daily, researching one or another other of my writing projects. Recently I surfed upon a ten minute video on archive.org of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle talking about his novels... Read more »
January 15, 2014