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Volume IX, Number 2 | spring 2016

Miscellany

Astrologers of the Ayyubid Empire predicted in 1186 that the world would end September 16 of that year; a dust storm, stirred up by planetary alignment, would scour the earth of life. Sultan Saladin criticized the “feeble minds” of believers and planned an open-air, candlelit party for that evening. “We never saw a night as calm as that,” an attendee later remarked.

I think we are inexterminable, like flies and bedbugs.

- Robert Frost, 1959

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