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  1. Eric! With regard to your question, I would have to recommend Andrea Palladio's Quatre Libre Dell'Architettura (Four Books of Architecture.) I've read much of it... It can be rather daunting and information-heavy, with all the precise units, modules, dimensions etc. Palladio was a great architect. He was a contemporary of Bacon and singlehandedly fathered a style of Classicism known as Palladianism. His villas are often mislabeled as "baroque," but in terms of design, they are about as far as you can get from Baroque without exiting the Classical realm. Palladianism was briefly taken up in England in the 17th century, but was superseded by Georgian Classicism in the 1700s. Christopher Wren would occasionally use elements of it, but a more quintessentially British Palladian architect would be the 3d Earl of Burlington, whose Masonic-inspired Chiswick House draws heavily on Palladio's Villa Rotunda. Sorry for the ramble. If you want a more approachable work on Classical Design, check out The American Vignola, by William Ware. It outlines the Classical system in much simpler terms than Quatre Libre, while somehow still delivering the same essential information. It's a remarkable book, also heavily illustrated, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Classical design. As for Elizabethan architecture, I can't say I'm an expert on it, nor would I know of any book that might help you learn more about it... I can say that it was the first post-Roman period in English architecture to make use of the Classical System. I don't know if Quatre Libre is available in PDF format - I assume it is. I'm going for a walk now, but I'll look after.
  2. My name is Marvin Haines. I'm sure everyone here knows me already, but I decided to make this post anyway - just for the proverbial hell of it. I'm (currently) 17 years old. I was 15 when I first joined the B'Hive, and I've learned a lot in the past few years. My interest in Bacon/Shakespeare began a little over three years ago. It was Sarah Winchester - perhaps the most interesting (and misunderstood) Baconian of the last century - who really got me started down this rabbit hole. Despite never having visited Llanada Villa, her notorious House, I had been fascinated by it since the third grade. (I've always loved historic American architecture, and Queen Anne style has long been a favorite. The House is, in my humble opinion, the greatest example of this style in the country.) When I first heard about Mrs. Winchester, I fully accepted the sensationalized legend that has become synonymous with her name. My 8-year-old brain was desperately confused. I loved "spooky" stories, and I ate the legend up. I drew the house from every angle, fascinated with its bizarre design - in particular, its 7-story appearance before the 1906 earthquake muddled it up. I was (and still am) very well-versed in the High and Late Victorian styles, so drawing it was a simple enough task. At some point, maybe around 6th grade, I started to realize how inaccurate the "Folklore" was. The more I thought, the more I began to suspect that something was missing from the age-old story. But without context, I had no idea what it was. I discovered Richard Allan Wagner's superb article, "The Truth About Sarah Winchester," early in 9th grade, not long after my infamous 3-month hiatus in the mental health system, (during which I was diagnosed with autism and extreme OCD). The article, if you haven't read it, is a stroke of mind-boggling genius. I had so many questions: Who was this Francis Bacon character? Why was Mrs. Winchester so obsessed with him? Is there anyone else who believes this theory? I just went with it, and pretty soon, I was convinced. I've written and illustrated a pamphlet, which I hope will be a companion to Wagner's work. I've cleared up some of his apparent mistakes and completely analyzed the House from an architectural (as well as symbolic) perspective, with particular emphasis on its pre-1906 configuration. A little over a year ago, I dropped out of High School after nearly being expelled. (Believe me, that's a long and painful story.) I spend most of my time writing, playing the piano, dreaming up architectural designs, and pursuing esoteric knowledge. I'm soon to traditionally publish my first novel, The Life of Arti Usher. I'm also a member of the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir, and I sing regularly. Ok. Enough yapping. Here are some things I like: Sir Francis Bacon/Shakespeare Sarah Winchester/Llanada Villa Bow ties (usually bright colors) - I wear them almost every day High and Late Victorian architecture (Second Empire, Queen Anne, etc.) Palladian architecture Gothic architecture Warm scarves and leather gloves Goggles (worn as a fashion accessory) Fish & Chips Sushi Suits, sweater-vests, etc. Ragtime Edward Gorey Everything related to Edward Gorey Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and All the Wrong Questions The Shining (first adaptation) Fantastic Mr. Fox (the only adaptation) Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ...and many more things that I won't bother to list!
  3. Holy GOD!! I'd heard "Nightmare Song" before, but without the context of Lolanthe, I had no idea that the character performing it was Lord Chancellor! Synchronicity or what?
  4. I am the very model of a staunch and strict Baconian. (My passion for the subject is admittedly sectarian) I’ve made a lot of enemies, but still I’m very proud to know The name of every character, from Rosencrantz to Romeo I have a strong conviction which I know is true in every way That good old Francis Bacon wrote the plays I’m known to quote all day – I’ll also argue that he wrote the sonnets which I quote all night – Just say you’re a Stratfordian – I’ll show you how to pick a fight! Yes, there’s no greater crime, no greater literary heresy, Than being a proponent of that dastardly conspiracy – I’m sure you know the one I mean, as Caesar knew what Brutus meant, For there’s no shame in loathing the Stratfordian Establishment!
  5. Let's do a thought experiment. I want you to imagine a large room. In the room are the following people: A furniture salesman A yacht attorney A CEO A rabbi A typesetter A visual artist A Baconian Scholar An architect I know, it's a diverse lot, and even more unlikely that they would all find themselves in the same room at the same time - unless, of course, that room is in a courthouse.... or a prison. But this scenario must be taken with a grain of salt - it's a thought experiment, after all. Let's continue. So, we've established our who and our where. Now it's time to find out exactly what the heck is going on. Imagine this: The door opens, and a stranger enters the room. He looks around franticly, and shouts, "The Eaotin Shrdlu are coming!" Got that? Ok. Here's the rub - or rather, the question: Which person begins to laugh uncontrollably? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Note: If you know the answer, please don't spoil it for everyone!
  6. For anyone interested, here is a link to my manuscript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DNQxRUgeNlmhTRIlsEi4gA4NVtRoxtYAUg-mbb5SAfE/edit
  7. Here is a list of facts: - I'm 17 years old and currently unenrolled from high school. - When I was in the sixth grade, I began writing a novel. I remember the thing started out as a simple pastime, but my pre-adolescent brain had bitten off more than it could chew. - Now, five years and 56,000 words later, The Life of Arti Usher is complete. - The manuscript of TLOAU has gone through many drafts and changes. I've produced dozens of distinctive illustrations in the style of Edward Gorey and an eerie new cover design that will blow your socks off. - Initially, much of the narrative was centered on a group of Freemasons in the fictional town of Weameworth. After much thought and consideration, I removed all direct references to Masonry. However, a basic knowledge of the Craft remains essential to understanding the book's message and symbolism. - There are several slyly placed Baconian references in the text. - Late in the game, I got my hands on the most amazing editor - or rather, she got her hands on me. Ms. Cheryl Carter has helped enormously with the process, never afraid to damn the worst of my writing to eternal hellfire if needed. - I'm still writing query letters. I hope to have it published by the end of next year. Fingers crossed. - Contact me if interested in becoming a beta reader. That's all for now! And Rob: feel free to strike this post down if it isn't Baconian enough!
  8. Congratulations, Kate!! I am thrilled to hear that you've finally published TSWOAA in paperback! Just recently, I tried to access the eBook, but the website appears to be down. Is this intentional? Ten minutes ago, I was sitting at the table with my lovely parents, eating pizza and debating the true purpose of the Giza Pyramids. My parents were not easily convinced that the interior of the Great Pyramid mirrors the human brain, and I wanted to show them an image from your book. (Also, I'd been meaning to reread some sections, particularly about the Washington Monument.) One more question: Is your book traditionally published? If so, what is the name of the publishing house? Thanks!
  9. Oh, and what a coincidence it is that my choir director's birthday also falls on the 22nd!
  10. I'm meeting with my editor for TLOAU in 8 minutes, but after that I have a surprise - something to honor both Bacon and Sarah Winchester on this most important day!
  11. Fantastic, Rob! Has this particular device gone all these years unnoticed? I woke up today thinking, This is the DAY!! There's got to be something hidden in Rob's pyramid! And I saw this and smiled.
  12. It's been well over two years since I joined the Forum. In that time, I have made new friends, explored fascinating topics, and engaged in meaningful discourse. Some of you might think you know me well, and you probably do. You know that I like to wear suits. You know that I've written a novel. You may even know that I play ragtime on the piano. Needless to say, I've learned a lot about you. I know Kate has studied brain anatomy. I know that Rob is a mathematician. I know that DirkStaff is a Buddhist. And yet, never in that time have I revealed to any of you what is perhaps my darkest and most dangerous secret. Ready to hear it? Drumroll, please... _________________________________________________________________________________ MY FAVORITE AUTHOR IS NOT SIR FRANCIS BACON!!! I know, it's sinful! But before you cast me into outer darkness, before you damn me to eternal hellfire and agony in the flaming pit of unforgiveness, I humbly ask that you hear my case. As much as I admire Bacon's work, the honor of Marvin Haines' Favorite Author has to go to a man named... William Shakespeare - JUST KIDDING!!! No, in fact that honor goes to Edward Gorey, everyone's favorite author of nonsense, mayhem, and yes, furniture pornography. If you haven't already memorized every line of his weird, disturbing, and slyly elusive little picture books for grownups and troubled teenagers, I highly recommend that you do so - those able to call up Gorey references on demand and recite his verses as if they were proverbs in the most unlikely of settings are held in high regard among the initiated. Sadly, the man died a Stratfordian... or so I thought. Recently, while perusing one of at least 12 Facebook pages dedicated to Mr. Gorey's work, I found this: No one is perfect. Edward Gorey certainly wasn't... at least until this poster saw the light of day!
  13. Hi people! This thread is a long and very interesting one! I read most of the first page and became nearly braindead. I'll try to dig into the rest later today, but I would also like to extend a welcome to Dirkstaff! RC is indeed a prankster - but in the best possible way. He seemingly enjoys stirring up controversy on these forums by loudly disagreeing with L-o-T and others on nearly every subject. In the end, however, his comments always lead to productive and helpful discourse. Ultimately, he pushes us to rethink our opinions - which is never a bad thing! I'll comment more thoroughly today and tomorrow, but for now, Merry Boxing Day, and a happy early 2024!
  14. I was just rereading the topic "Greenhouse at Llanada" and came across this comment, which I had made nearly a year ago: I have to comment that the term "Winchester Mystery House" was never known to Sarah. She, for reasons which I have explained in my pamphlet "Llanada Villa: The House on the Plain" preferred a different name. "WMH" was first introduced by Harry Houdini when he visited the House in the 1920's. (Houdini is unquestionably to blame for the spooky legend. Before he came along, there were versions of the story, but none ever mentioned hauntings or spirits. He himself was a spiritualist, but interestingly, also a Freemason - although there's no evidence that he was ever a Baconian. I find it unlikely that he ever made the connection between Sarah and Bacon.) Well, it turns out that his reason for the name "Winchester Mystery House" is very different than I once thought... "Mystery" is a word that has changed dramatically in meaning since it was first used. (My good friend Kate Cassidy of the B'hive has confirmed this in her book, The Secret Work of an Age.) For centuries, the word, which is now most commonly defined in terms of ambiguity or uncertainty, referred to the Mystery Schools - institutions of esoteric learning and spiritual enlightenment - such as Masonry or Rosicrucianism. As we have previously discussed, the Winchester MYSTERY House is exactly that! And it only helps that Houdini was a Mason and a Rosicrucian. Check out this article to learn why he was in fact a skeptic of spiritualism: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/for-harry-houdini-seances-and-spiritualism-were-just-an-illusion-180978944/
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