April 11th, 2009

arkham

Temecula

On a whim, dark_of_night and I got on the road and pointed to Temecula to sample their wineries. We've been to Santa Barbara/Central Coast wineries a lot, and Napa/Sonoma a little, but this was our first try at Temecula. On the whole, I'd have to say Santa Barbara is prettier, cheaper and better. There was also a sad tendency for the wineries to actually be resorts, restaurants and gift shops, to which a vestigial winery was attached. To be sure, there were some much more authentic winemakers there, as well. But on the whole, it was sort of like Temecula:Napa::Pechanga:Las Vegas. Nonetheless, like Pechanga, Temecula gets plenty of traffic and money, which has only exacerbated the problem.
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Lovecraft essay on astrology - on Ebay

34 page handwritten dissertation on astrology, written primarily on the back of correspondence received BY Lovecraft. Apparently in HPL's hand, delivered to Houdini, who has signed it.

I'm not an expert on HPL's handwriting and the images aren't great, but it sure looks like his, and the "The End. Thank gawd." is very HPLish.

A remarkable discovery - I hope it winds up someplace where it is published. This presumably is the article on astrology that HPL (and CM Eddy?) ghostwrote for Houdini's planned(?) _The Cancer of Superstition_. According to Joshi, "This article has not come to light; but perhaps it supplied the nucleus for what was apparently to be a full-length polemic against superstitions of all sorts." HPL was paid $75 for the article on astrology.