This post has received a lot of hits the last couple of days. I find Thoth particularly fascinating because his myth combines wisdom with writing. One was the instrument of the other.



by Marianne Dixon

Thoth is the name given by the Greeks to the Egyptian god Djeheuty. Thoth was the god of wisdom, inventor of writing, patron of scribes and the divine mediator. He is most often represented as a man with the head of an ibis, holding a scribal palette and reed pen. He could also be shown completely as an ibis or a baboon.

As with most Egyptian deities there were many different stories regarding the parentage of Thoth. Many sources call him the son of Re, but one tradition has him springing forth from the head of Seth. This latter story is reminiscent of the birth of the Greek goddess Athena, who like Thoth was the patron divinity of wisdom.

Myths concerning Thoth show him as a divinity whose counsel is always sought. His most significant role is during the battles of Horus and Seth. Thoth is a staunch supporter of Horus and his mother Isis, maintaining that Horus’ claim to the throne is just and the murderous Seth has no right to the kingship of Egypt.

Elsewhere Thoth is a reliable mediator and peacemaker. When the goddess Tefnut had a dispute with her father Re and absconded to Nubia, it was Thoth that the sun-god sent to reason with her and bring her home. Thoth was also present at the judgement of the dead. He would question the deceased before recording the result of the weighing of the deceased’s heart. If the result was favorable Thoth would declare the deceased as a righteous individual who was worthy of a blessed afterlife.

Thoth was also a lunar deity, and whatever form he took he wore a lunar crescent on his head. Some Egyptologists think that the Egyptians identified the crescent moon with the curved beak of the ibis. It is also suggested that the Egyptians observed that baboon was a nocturnal (i.e. lunar) animal who would greet the sun with chattering noises each morning.

As he was messenger of the gods Thoth was identified by the Greeks with their own god Hermes. For this reason Thoth’s center of worship is still known to us today as Hermopolis.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.

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How to Mark A Book by Mortimer Adler (1940)

You get a highlighter and/or a pen. Then you write in the book. It ain’t rocket surgery. C’mon people.

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The article “How to Mark A Book”,  written by Mortimer Adler, appeared in Saturday Review in 1940.  This post is by my first guest reviewer — my mom!  This is a draft.

Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.
Mortimer Adler

Hi, Blanca,

I sort of went through the paper you gave me on “How to Mark A Book.”

The author, as I see it, would like for every reader to ingest the written word of a book.  Of course, that applies to any book worth reading.  So who decidees?  Current book reviews, hurried scanning through the book, or take it personally that if you are a true lover of books, you have to stop reading and mark up the book with your notes or, as he says, write your notes on pieces of paper and attach them to the…

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William is in the movie ADDICTED — a re-telling of the movie with Diane Lane where she has an affair with Olivier Martinez. William is the “Sancho” on the side.

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angel mas guapo fr CCEA


ARGUMENTO (synopsis):  “Maite es una muchacha que su padre quiere vender como esclava. I por eso lo manda a una jate de esclavitud que va a mandar chicas a sus nuevos duenos.Maite no sospecha que trampa le va preparar la vida i su padre.”

Maite is a girl whose father wants to sell her into servitude  So he sends her to a white slaver that arranges for girls to be sent to their new masters.  She doesn’t suspect the trap that’s being set for her and her father.


ARGUMENTO:  “La agente de bolsa Maite Perroni pensaba que lo tenía todo: un trabajo estupendo, un hogar magnífico, un cuerpo decente, dos gatos por compañía… y demasiadas noches en que dormía sola. ¿Dónde estaba el señor Perfecto en ese cuadro? Más cerca de lo que suponía…

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Soccer — even when it’s bad, it’s good.

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   Russell Brand – read the article on his site

   Or read the original here at NEWS OF THE WORLD with a lovely pic of Russell — NOTW

RB is a fantastic writer of humor.  The thing is…he’s not writing humor…he’s writing about football.  And football – England’s Barclay’s Premier League – is very funny.  Ordinarily, it’s a comedy of errors , but in the last months, with horny satyr John Terry cutting a swathe through Wayne Bridge’s woman, it’s become a “comedy of eros”! And Wayne Bridge has taken offense to that, as he showed when he blanked England’s Brave John Terry during the handshake ritual at Chelsea vs. ManCity in February.  Don’t even get me started on the managers!  And so, this blog post by Russell Brand is hilarious and hysterically funny and rendered doubly funny by being bang-on true.  I don’t know if he’s ever…

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This is a popular post. I don’t know that people are looking for this specifically, but they are usually looking for Carlos Hathcock or Ron Szpond.

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One Shot One Kill

Here’s a book that actually has a good blurb.  It sounds like a trailer for an action movie:


Damn, that’s heavy.  But this isn’t a movie.  It’s not a Tom Clancy novel. It’s for reals, y’all.  It’s not glamorous, fun, or hip.  It’s damned dirty work. Soul-sucking, back-breaking, lonely work.  After reading this book, it’s my considered opinion that, while all the armed forces have their “special” teams, sharpshooters/snipers are the most special.  For the simple reason that they have to do their job alone or with 1 spotter. Lonely.  They get dropped in dangerously close to the enemy. Suicidal.  They have to keep still for hours and hours and hours.  Torturous. 

You have to be the sort of man (as far as I know, there are no women snipers) who is okay being alone with only your thoughts for company.  You also have to be…

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Art & Articles of Faith: Brand and Perugino

The English Premier League is in full bollock-swing. Manchester United Wee Devils were seriously bitch-slapped by Leicester (pronounced “Lester”) 5-3. ManCity is taking on #1 Chelsea at the mo. Frank Lampard is sitting this one out so far. Good call, I think. When you don’t have to go to Champion’s League and the World Cup, you come back pretty damn fresh. Half of United were at the World Cup, then their club tours. They are seriously in need of a rest. The Prem is a marathon, not a sprint, so let’s be patient and see what happens after Christmas break. And is anyone really scared of United anymore?

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Articles of Faith

It’s a good thing that I’m not a religious fanatic because I would probably not have bought this book. (You notice I never mention “borrowed” or “stole” or “never returned to the library”? Every book is mine via purchase or other form of moral acquisition. I’ve been given books by friends, but you know how it is when you are given books by people who are not great readers of books. They end up being books that I would not write about. “The Best of Shakespeare” or “Emily Dickinson’s Greatest Hits”. Something quite vague.)

“Art The Wrong Way” has a double-entendre. Layer one involves how Brand, an attention-whore of Byzantine proportions, re-Brands Perugino’s painting of Christ and angels with himself (as the Christ figure) surrounded by some talking heads of English soccer. And Britney Spears. As if any of her fans would ever buy this book. Or read. You know…

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