Tales of History and Imagination

Eccentric tales from History by Simone Whitlow

12: Jack Parsons - Babalon’s Rocketeer (Part One)

May 21st, 2021

Content warning! I discuss a violent death in this Tale, and allude to another.

When John Whiteside Parsons – Jack to his friends – died suddenly in an explosion, one may have expected platitudes to the man. As a pioneering rocket scientist, the world -  and the future would owe much to his innovations. Instead, all anyone could talk about was the gossip about his lifestyle – and membership to a cult which worshipped a man known as ‘The Great Beast'

Over the next two episodes, we're talking about the mad life of Jack Parsons – Rocketeer, Occultist...... Spy?

You can read the episode here.
I also mention the Prelude written in the blog, here. And, of course Tipu's Tiger.

 

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Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly. Sound FX a single explosion, marked ‘Sound 1000’.

 

I read Strange Angel by George Pendle, Sex and Rockets, the Occult World of Jack Parsons by John Carter and Robert Anton Wilson, watched several YouTube videos on Crowley's Gnostic Mass (Liber XV) – which was so far from what I expected it to be... referred to a couple of LA Times articles (Paywalled) about Clifford Clinton, his Clifton's Cafes, Frank L. Shaw, and the LA Mafia in the 1920s and 30s, over a year ago....that which I ramble through in the middle of the episode (and write about in the prologue) is from my notes on those articles, in my big red book of ideas.

I also stole a single musical phrase from Prokofiev's Violin concerto no.2 in music on part 2. Thanks Spotify for having a version to learn the piece from.

 

About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter and musician. She has never joined a sex cult.... well, not before this episode was published anyway...

Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns.   

11: Grace O’Malley

May 5th, 2021

This episode we attend a meeting at Greenwich palace, the date, some time in September 1593. The ‘Fairy Queen’ of England, Elizabeth I, awaits the arrival of one Grace O’Malley – the pirate Queen of Connaught. The two rulers had been at loggerheads for decades and in some ways they seemed wildly different characters – one a genteel Law-lord in charge of a nation.... the other a swashbuckling Warlord from beyond the Pail. Were they all that different? The philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us...

Piracy and war gave place to trade, politics and letters; the war-lord to the law-lord; the privilege was kept, whilst the means of obtaining it were changed”

Today, we discuss Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connaught.

Read the episode here.

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Music, writing, narration, mixing all yours truly. No Foley sounds this week.

I'm planning to share bibliographies far more from now on, why not right? In this case I wrote this episode for the first run at a podcast in 2019 using several news articles (many now paywalled)  and Anne Chambers 'Grace O'Malley, the biography of Ireland's Pirate Queen'

 

About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter, history blogger and musician. Though brought up in New Zealand, Simone has some Irish ancestry on her mother's side.

Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns.   

 

 

 

 

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