Fortunio Liceti (1577-1657) was an Italian philosopher, doctor and scientist. He studied medicine and philosophy at the University of Bologna before becoming a lecturer of logic at the University of Pisa and then a professor of philosophy at the University of Padua. Liceti was omnivorous in his interests writing books on mathematics, philosophy, astronomy, genetics and disease. He was friends with Galileo and the mathematician Bonaventura Cavalieri, who once remarked that Liceti was such a prodigious scholar that he produced a book a week. It’s certainly true that Liceti did have a rather impressive output of scientific and philosophical texts during his life ranging on subjects as diverse as the immortality of the soul, gem stones and the causes of headaches (which he thought were the microcosmic equivalent of lightning). His most famous work was De monstrorum causis, natura et differentiis (Of the causes of monsters, nature and differences) that documented the many “monstrosities” and deformities reported in nature. The book chimed with the public’s interest in “monsters” and “freaks” and Liceti documented all of the stories of man-beasts, mermaids, wolf children as well as the physical abnormalities he had witnessed (co-joined twins, multiple-limbed children, hermaphrodites and…
I just read your tag about Sara Teasdale and not being able to find her books in stores. I can't find very many online either! Whyyyyy her works are gorgeous and I want a completely collection of them :(
It’s just so strange, such an anomaly. It’s like, is there an issue with her estate? I feel like there must be some obstacle, I can’t figure out why a publisher would overlook it otherwise. When I was a tween, I found a biography at my library, but that was some time ago, and it wasn’t new then.
I had a dream that a ghoul was impersonating Jane Morris, and when I pointed out she wasn’t tall enough to be Jane Morris, she got really mad and sucked up all the other pre-raphaelite characterizations she was concurrently impersonating (a Lady of Shalott, a version of Burne-Jones’ sleeping beauty, etc) and turned into a 50 ft tall Jane Morris just to spite me.
Important thing to consider: When they say Odysseus was a “Greek hero” isn’t it possible that was a mistranslation of “Greek gyro”? —same pronunciation and all.
I mean, at no point in the Odyssey do they explicitly state Odysseus is not a sandwich. I prefer to interpret the story as one of a great sandwich traversing the seas on a journey home to his wife and half-sandwich son.
“In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.”—Douglas Adams, The Hitch-hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (via mindblownie)