Daily Archives: December 27, 2009

Unpublished Notes Now Posted


Our latest addition to the Robert D. Denham Library (live link in the upper right of the Menu column)  is a set of previously unpublished notes on miscellaneous subjects, including Jung, Jung and Blake, Shakespeare, Milton, the Providence of God, The Great Code, and William Morris.  (These notes can be found in the Previously Unpublished Material section.)

We are still getting a handle on working our new library wing.  There are some minor formatting issues to resolve which we will address first thing in the new year once our tech adviser is available.  For example, the unpublished letters of Elizabeth Fraser to Northrop Frye should soon include her original drawings that appear in them.  We’ll keep you updated.  But, in the meantime, everything posted is readable, so browse away.  There is already an extraordinary wealth of previously obscure material in there that any Frye scholar will want to see.

“Allah Akbar”


If you’re following events in Iran, you know that what may soon be referred to as the Ashura Revolution is underway throughout the country and particularly in Tehran, with crowds of protesters out in the streets daily in numbers that haven’t been seen since June and July.  Young people especially continue to be targeted for beatings, rape and murder by regime thugs, the basij militia.  Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is now openly reviled.  There is talk of a general strike, beginning as early as Monday.  This illegitimate regime may finally be losing its grip.  One telling sign is that the fraudulent “president” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is nowhere to be seen and is not mentioned even in state media.

The video above features a nightly phenomenon: people at their windows or on their rooftops shouting “Allah akbar” en masse.  Andrew Sullivan calls it the “cry of freedom,” and it is, as Frye would say, as primary as it is primal.  Sullivan’s site is easily the best raw news source anywhere at the moment — his Iranian contacts are pouring in reports hourly, and he’s blogging around the clock on developments.  If you want to know what’s happening in Iran in real time, then Sullivan’s Daily Dish is the place to go.  Be warned, some of the video he posts is disturbing.  As Sullivan himself has put it, this revolution may not be televised, but it will be YouTubed.  Welcome to the new world of New Media.  It’s why CNN is withering on the vine and newspapers are hemorrhaging readers.