Blake List — Volume 1998 : Issue 30

Today's Topics:
	 "The Doors of Perception"
	 Re: "The Doors of Perception"
	 Blake List Blackholed!
	 A couple of items of possible interest.
	 Re: introduction


Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 03:00:55 -0700
From: Harold Abella 
Subject: "The Doors of Perception"
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Hello everybody on the list.

I'm a student of Journalism native from Chile, South America. I used to be
a major in English literature when in college down there. I've always been
intrigued by the work "The Doors of Perception," whose authorship I have
always attributed to Blake. Please let me know if I'm either at the wrong
or right path. I would also appreciate any links to sites where I can get
the complete work(s) with comments or literary critiques, analysis, papers,
essays, etc.

Thanks beforehand.

Harold Abella 


Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 21:14:03 -0400
From: Paul Hume 
Subject: Re: "The Doors of Perception"
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Harold -

Blake originated the phrase the Doors of Perception, but the work by
that title is a century and some later, and is by Aldous Huxley.



Date: Thu, 14 May 98 14:30:25 -0700
From: Seth T. Ross 
Subject: Blake List Blackholed!
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Greetings Blake subscribers.

The Blake List has been slipping into a blackhole! The Realtime Blackhole is  
an anti-spam initiative that blocks mail servers that send or relay spam (see Unfortunately,'s upstream ISP has been  
used as a relay point for spam: at least one of its mail servers been added to  
the Realtime Blackhole List along with all of the downstream customers who  
use it. Thus, some portion of the outgoing Blake mail is being automatically  
deleted on the fly. If you're organization or ISP supports the RBH list, then  
you're not getting this or any other mail. My ISP's support  
personnel tell me this will be fixed in 2-4 weeks (presumably while they patch  
their systems with spam-defeating software).

I will continue to monitor the situation. If we start losing too much mail  
connectivity, or if the fix takes too long, then I may consider cutting over  
to a new ISP (I'm loathe to do this, since I've been using this ISP for over  
five years and it's been very reliable). This and various other circumstances  
may lead me to temporarily shut down the Blake List for a spell this summer.  
More news to come.


PS To leave Blake Online, send an email message to with the word "unsubscribe" in the
SUBJECT field, like so:
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This should work, minus confirmation, despite the blackhole.


Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 18:16:18 -0500
Subject: A couple of items of possible interest.
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A few weeks ago I posted a description of a theatrical poster, advertising
a Lincoln Center production of Shakespeare's _Twelfth Night_, that was
reprinted in the NYTimes.  The artist, I thought, had certainly borrowed
Blake's figure of Antaeus from the illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy.
I have since (by pestering the folks at the Lincoln Center website) been
able to correspond with James McMullan, the artist, who very graciously
acknowledged that he was inspired by Blake's design but was surprised
that anyone had recognized it.  (I *don't* mean to suggest that he was
using the design stealthily--nothing of the sort--he was using the
design in much the same way Blake himself often borrowed concepts from
other artists--as indeed, most artists do.)  I guess he doesn't know
many Blakeans.  Anyway, he agrees that he was trying to create an 
androgynous figure (to combine the figures of Sebastian and Viola, the
twins of the play) and he is pleased that such is apparent to viewers.
No great point or import here--just a matter of interest in a Blake

Second--a few steps over from Blake.  The May/June issue of _Lingua
Franca_ has a fascinating article about a dissertation on Swedenborg.
Though Blake is mentioned once(as having been influenced by, and then
repelled by, Swedenborg), that is not really the point of the article.
Apparently this dissertation is a careful study of a satirical attack on
Swedenborg by Immanuel Kant (of all philosophers) and the author makes the
argument that Kant was actually heavily influenced by, even though
skeptical of, Swedenborg.  The article is really about the Swedenborg/Kant
connection, certainly not about Blake, but I believe it would be most
interesting for anyone who cares about Blake, especially in its examinaiton
of the Kantian response to Swedenborg which might be set beside th e
Blakean response (especially in _MHH_ but also in the marginalia) to the
same.  The Enlightenment and the anti-Enlightenment converge in opposition
to the mystic.

In hopes that Seth need not shut us down -----

Tom Dillingham


Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 12:52:35 EDT
From: ScarltGrrl 
Subject: introduction
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Sweet joy!

I am currently the Editrix in Chief for Scarlet Letters, a literary erotica
journal.  Blake was my major in college, and I continue to study.  I have
composed music to many of the Songs of Innocence and Experience, and do
illuminated poetry and prose in my own personal projects.

- heather corinna


Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 03:35:44 EDT
From: NorNob 
Subject: Re: introduction
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     I'm a musician too and would love to hear what you've done with Blake.
Also interested in Scarlet Letters.     
Ron Javorsky

End of blake-d Digest V1998 Issue #30