The Non-Alphabet

Note: this post was adapted from my first Tinyletter email. If you want to get emails from me about whatever I feel like, you can sign up there. You are probably familiar, as

API Access to

TLDR: There's an API for data and it's documented at is my pet project of a website about (mostly) early modern (mostly) European magic texts. The

Questionable Love Spells from History

In 1486, Heinrich Kramer, a Dominican monk and Inquisitor, published the famous witch hunters manual, Malleus Maleficarum. The text enumerates theological arguments for the existence of witchcraft, and devotes pages to the ins

Vegan Oatmeal Waffles

I looked high and low (read: I did a cursory search) and couldn't find a recipe for oatmeal waffles that was vegan but not gluten free. As someone who likes to deal with

How to Sort Your Books

Let us say you own books. Where do you put them? At the moment I write this, I own 402 books. This is the fewest I've had in a long time; I recently

Uses of a Bird's Tongue

I collect and read grimoires - books of spells, invocations, and magical instructions. My focus is on early modern European grimoires in the Christian tradition. As I read, I index the information in

Brand New Facts

@brand_new_facts is my twitter bot the creates new facts by merging sentences from two different wikipedia pages. These are a couple of its tweets. animals can be easily confused with poetic

On Vegan Shortbread

Shortbread cookies are usually celebrated an all-butter affair; they have a very simple recipe, and the flavor of the butter is a central part of the cookie. The usual recipe is something like: