September 3rd, 2005

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Westgate Relief



Westgate Relief

Due to Hurricane Katrina, The Museum of Death has experienced some topical damage. Ms. Wendell is safe and The Museum shall resurrect as circumstances allow. To donate funds to this magnificently morbid establishment and show support for Azrael's tradition, click the link above.


You know, it is no "coincidence" that the area in which this Museum is located was the "dry spot" in NOLA - i.e., the 'un-flooded' area.
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Sin and the Scientist

Sin and the Scientist
By David Joravsky

Robert Oppenheimer: Letters and Recollections, edited by Alice Kimball Smith, edited by Charles Weiner, Harvard University Press, 376 pp., $20.00

Baudelaire made a blasphemous poem out of the Biblical notion that innocence is virtue, knowledge evil. He turned his back on godly virtue and prayed for satanic knowledge. The Tree of Knowledge (l'Arbre de Science) would be a new temple, spreading its boughs over Satan's brow, and he prayed that his soul would be there, next to Satan. At Harvard in the Twenties J. Robert Oppenheimer belonged to a little group of superior undergraduates who used Baudelaire's refrain—"O Satan, prends pitié de ma longue misère!"—as their hilarious shibboleth, a mocking response to the miseries of intense intellectual striving.

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