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Time for BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup!

2016 December 23
by black phoenix

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

☠ Bad omen from Naples: the blood of San Genarro failed to liquefy on schedule.

☠ Witch marks, curses, and magic in the neglected history of Medieval graffiti.

Neil Gaiman ruminates on his childhood fascination with Christmas, to his Jewish family’s chagrin.

☠ Library staff in northern Queensland, Australia are about to be joined by a humanoid robotnamed Pepper.

☠ Meanwhile, if no action is taken, Britain’s rash of library closures are set to double in the next five years.

☠ From The Paris Review: when Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus was first performed centuries ago, audiences believed they were witnessing a literal conjuration of the Devil.

Lucien’s True History, written around 175 CE, could be considered the original Star Wars.

☠ Check out this version of Westworld’s opening credits, re-imagined as an artifact of the 1980′s.

☠ White Christmas, indeed: Check out the apocalyptic wall of icy fog that just rolled in across Lake Superior!

☠ Instead of the traditional fireplace video, close out 2016 with seven hours of melting Chucky from Child’s Play. Enjoy below!

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