Agapeta now exists since three years and a half, and this is its 285th post. Some readers seem to have disappeared, even if they still remain listed as “followers”, while new ones have arrived. Trolls seem to become discouraged, I was never impressed by their insults and threats.
Since April 2017, the posting frequency has been one article every 5 days. From now on it will slow down a little, to one every 6 days. Indeed, my main problem is to find new contents, in particular relevant authors and musicians, and I do not get many suggestions from readers.
Again, I can only encourage readers to make suggestions of authors, artists and works, or even proposals for posts. You can send an email to the address given in the bottom right column.
The number of views (direct accesses to the site, excluding views in the WordPress Reader) for the first six months of 2018 is 18422, compared to 15349 for the preceding semester. For the first time, the most frequently viewed article is no more the page “Links”; the most viewed ones for this semester are “Charles Baudelaire : Le beau navire”, “Nicolas Boileau : Amitié Fidèle”, “Links”, “Peter Freuchen marries Navarana”, “Eva, fille adorable et robot défectueux” and “Le chant du cœur de Minou Drouet”, each with more than 300 views. For the whole blog’s history they are “Links”, “Nicolas Boileau : Amitié Fidèle”, “The tyrannical censorship of ISPs”, “Martial: Epigrams on Erotion”, “Eva, fille adorable et robot défectueux” and “Components of Love”, each with more than 1000 views. The 4 highest viewing countries for the whole life of Agapeta are: the USA, France, the UK and Germany; however for the first 6 months of 2018, the 3rd and 4th are Belgium and the UK.
Comments are not so frequent, but posts get ever more “Likes”; one day 58 posts were liked, among which 48 by a single reader. The post “Nathalia Crane: The Poe Cottage” got the highest number of “Likes” ever, 18, while three posts got 15 “Likes”: “Nathalia Crane: Love”, “Aleister Crowley: My wife dies” and “Aleister Crowley: In a lesbian meadow”.
A new article on Nathalia Crane
On January 9, Ann Hulbert published in Literary Hub a chapter of her book Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies, titled “The child-poet genius of Brooklyn”. At the end, she doubts the authenticity of Nathalia’s authorship of sophisticated poems such as “Lava Lane” and suggests the usual alternate “hypotheses”:
Could an eleven-year-old—whose teachers said she wasn’t remarkable, and whose parents, one article noted, hadn’t gone beyond high school—really have written these poems? The same article quoted Nathalia’s own publisher saying, “I am as much mystified as anybody. Nathalia Crane is either a miracle or she is the most colossal hoax in history.” Or perhaps there was a third alternative. “Sometimes I wonder if Nathalia Crane is not a medium.”
Is it so difficult to admit that children are able to do “adult” things?
A Crowley dynasty in the USA?
On April 17 died Barbara Pierce, better known by the name of her husband, George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States. This led to renewed speculations about her descent, as shown by a blog article dated April 19 and entitled “Is Barbara Bush the Daughter of Aleister Crowley?”. It is based on the YouTube video “Barbara Bush Daughter of Aleister Crowley”, apparently an excerpt from the film In Search Of The Great Beast 666 — Aleister Crowley.
Barbara’s mother Pauline Robinson married the publisher Marvin Pierce in August 1918. In 1924, Crowley was living in poverty in France, and was sheltered by the writer Frank Harris, who lived with Nellie O’Hara, a friend of Pauline Pierce. In early 1924, Pauline travelled to France and stayed with her friend. At that time, Crowley was experimenting with ultimate sexual excesses; it is speculated that the two women then living under the same roof as him, Nellie and Pauline, performed as his assistants in these sexual rituals. Pauline Pierce returned to America in early October 1924, and eight months later, on June 8, 1925, her daughter Barbara was born.
Another video in this article speculates on an apparent physical resemblance between Barbara Bush and Aleister Crowley in their old age, or on some of her bizarre attitudes.
Thus George Walker Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, would be the grandson of Aleister Crowley!
The last riddle
The title of this post is inspired by the film Room 237, a documentary providing an exegesis of Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining, offering various interpretations and hidden meanings for it. In one of them the room number 237 corresponds to 2×3×7 = 42, so “Moon 237” means thus 42 months, the age of Agapeta. Also, the author and film-maker Jay Weidner has said that American schoolchildren in the sixties were taught that the distance from the Earth to the Moon was 237 000 miles.
For, know! the moon is not the moon until
She hath the knowledge to fulfil
Her music, till she know herself the moon.
Aleister Crowley, “Rosa Mundi”, Rosa Mundi, and other love-songs, in The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, Volume III (1907).