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Blog: THE MARK OF A PORTAL; THE CULT OF THE SIGIL

Designing Magic: The Draft of the Letter as the Quest for Mystery Everyone knows that occult really means hidden. But in that, one might surmise that the Cult of the Occult would be nothing more than the quest for the hidden. I probably live there, in more ways than...

Blog: Wowness | The Condition of Wow

What is wow? Girvin image above: a streetside wow, cast iron, Queen Anne Hill, Seattle. I was writing a proposal and overview for a client. And I used the opening: Wow! That was the first word. I contemplated that, an opening — wow! What is that? I was thinking about...

Blog: What Do You Wonder At?

Wonderment and Wow. I realized that for me, the sense of wow, and the state of wowness, suggests the bridge to wonderment. I’ve written about wow in the past. Wow is a Scottish word from the 1500s — and it links to amazement. One might suggest that to be...

Blog: POW[ER]

Designing spectacle SPECTACLE, LITERALLY, LIES IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. The more experienced the viewer is, the more that person has seen, therein the difference in the appearance of that which is seen, which is, literally, the spectacle. Studying spectacular...

Blog: Wowness

The Quest for Amazement I’m a Scot; and “wow” is a Scottish word from the 1500s. I find another reference of equal interest, the Southern New England Algonquian [Narragansett] framing, the “powwow.” powwaw “shaman, medicine man,...