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A Man with a Cat narrates unusual and sometimes forgotten works of English language Non-Fiction, Poetry and Prose.

November 18, 2019

Thugs

Dating back as early as the 1300s, Thugs were a secret criminal group, partly hereditary in membership, who specialized in the murder by strangulation of travelers as a prelude to theft. Or maybe they were a fanciful invention of an overzealous Colonial administrator. Regardless, they were a subject of fascination to the early Victorians, who were regaled in both News and Fiction about these mysterious assassins of the Raj.

Concluding this season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the chapter on Thugs (or Phansigars) from "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay, first published in 1841.

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November 5, 2019

The Alchemists - Part Five

To what extent was Alchemy complicit in the fall of the Aristocracy and the birth of the French Revolution? In this episode, you'll hear about The Count de St Germaine, Cagliostro and the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, and how Italians resolve civil conflicts.

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay, first published in 1841. On tonight's episode, we conclude our discussion of The Alchemists.

The Elixir Vitae... The Philosopher's Stone... All will be revealed.

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October 14, 2019

The Alchemists - Part Four

The Rosicrucians. Immortal Sages and Scholars, or a bunch of Blaggers and Chancers? In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay, first published in 1841. On tonight's episode, we continue our discussion of The Alchemists.

The Elixir Vitae... The Philosopher's Stone... All will be revealed.

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October 7, 2019

The Alchemists - Part Three

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay, first published in 1841. On tonight's episode, we continue our discussion of The Alchemists.

The Elixir Vitae... The Philosopher's Stone... All will be revealed.

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October 2, 2019

The Alchemists - Part Two

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay, first published in 1841. On tonight's episode, we continue our discussion of The Alchemists.

The Elixir Vitae... The Philosopher's Stone... All will be revealed.

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September 22, 2019

The Alchemists - Part One

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay, first published in 1841. On tonight's episode, we begin our discussion of The Alchemists.

The Elixir Vitae... The Philosopher's Stone... All will be revealed.

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September 13, 2019

The Crusades. Part Four - The Last Crusades

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay, first published in 1841. On tonight's episode, we continue with Mackay's chapter discussing the Crusades, this time with a mega blow-out double two-for-one Crusade deal with an extra special bonus. This episode covers the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth Crusades. But wait, there's more... we're also covering The Children's Crusade, which wasn't really a Crusade, and more like slavery with extra steps.

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September 1, 2019

The Mueller Report - Volume II (Part Six)

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.

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September 1, 2019

The Mueller Report - Volume II (Part Five)

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.

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September 1, 2019

The Mueller Report - Volume II (Part Four)

In this Season of Esoteric Reads, I'm reading the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.

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