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Bagels are stranger than fiction
"It is a feeling unique to writers of zeitgeisty fiction, and maybe there ought to be a long German word for it: anger at the real world for outpacing your publication date. If you could transcribe it, the feeling would go something like this: Arghhh couldn’t you have waited just a few months to reveal this technology? To get interested in this trend? This idea? In a few months, my book would already be out, and I would get credit for being so prescient!

It’s an absurd feeling, of course, because writers aren’t any more prescient, as a rule, than entrepreneurs or designers or anyone else with an interest in the zeitgeist. It’s just a lot easier to describe a new technology—or any new idea, really—than it is to actually implement it, so writers sometimes get there first.

Sometimes, but not always."
conjurerers  invention  predictions  food  2012  fiction  writing  bagels  robinsloan  from delicious
july 2012 by robertogreco
The Dead Conjurers: J. Gordon Whitehead-The Man Who Killed Houdini
"Joscelyn Gordon Whitehead was not a magician. He was the college student (who was in his 30s at the time) who punched Houdini several times in the abdomen in his dressing room in Montreal. This led to a ruptured appendix and Houdini’s eventual death on October 31, 1926. Investigations following Houdini’s death don’t accuse Whitehead of any wrong doing, but in an affidavit to the insurance company Whitehead willingly admits to punching Houdini several times. <br />
[…]

Whitehead was an odd figure. After the Houdini incident he left college. He became a recluse and a hermit. He died of malnutrition in 1954. He is buried in Montreal Canada at the Mt. Royal Cemetery in an unmarked grave. The exact location is the Hawthorne Dale Annex Plot, lot # 188, grave 75. It is an unmarked grave."

[via: http://slavin.tumblr.com/post/10062475971/joscelyn-gordon-whitehead-was-not-a-magician-he ]
houdini  joscelyngordonwhitehead  jgordonwhitehead  magicians  history  ephemera  conjurerers  death  from delicious
september 2011 by robertogreco

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