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Mahakala Mongolian Mask, Early 20th Century
Mahakala Mongolian Mask, Early 20th Century

 

 

A Native American ceremonial mask up for auction at Sotheby’s lies at the heart of Skin of the Wolf. We are celebrating the use of masks throughout the world and across time by featuring a new mask daily as we count down to publication day on July 31, 2014. To pre-order and for more information please use the links on your left.

 

The original source for today’s mask can be found here.

John Cabot’s ship: The Matthew

Giovanni Antonio di Carbonariis, one of the characters in SKIN OF THE WOLF, sailed with John Cabot to North American aboard Cabot’s ship The Matthew, a replica of which can be found in the harbor of Bristol, England.  The website for the replica ship can be found here and the Wikipedia entry on the ship can be found here.

John Cabot's The Matthew
John Cabot’s The Matthew

The Upper East Side

In SKIN OF THE WOLF, Spencer George, arriving in New York City for the first time in his five hundred years, purchases a townhouse on the Upper East Side.  Though no longer the highest-income zip code in NYC — that dubious honor has moved a bit downtown, to the east 50’s — the Upper East Side is still the home of sedate old money.  Lots of museums and galleries line the streets, as well as embassies and consulates.  Spencer lives just off Central Park and feels right at home.

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It’s 5 Days until SKIN OF THE WOLF…

 

Wild Man Mask by John H. Livingston, Canada, 1970
Wild Man Mask by John H. Livingston, Canada, 1970

 

 

A Native American ceremonial mask up for auction at Sotheby’s lies at the heart of Skin of the Wolf. We are celebrating the use of masks throughout the world and across time by featuring a new mask daily as we count down to publication day on July 31, 2014. To pre-order and for more information please use the links on your left.

 

The original source for today’s mask can be found here.

Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis and John Cabot

One of the characters in Sam Cabot’s SKIN OF THE WOLF, Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis, was part of the 1498 voyage of John Cabot to North America.  The University of Bristol is the home of The Cabot Project, a comprehensive international effort to document the Cabot’s voyages.  You can find the project website here.  And you can learn much more about Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis here.

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Jeffrey Gibson

In SKIN OF THE WOLF someone asks where Spencer George and Michael Bonnard met.  The answer is, at an art opening of the work of Jeffrey Gibson.  Gibson is a Cherokee-Choctaw artist, raised in Europe, now living in Brooklyn.  He’s repped in New York by the Marc Straus Gallery.  SJ had seen a show of his work and been captivated by it right around the time that chapter was being written, so why not give the guy a little press?

 

Jeffrey Gibson's exhibition at Marc Strauss Gallery

 

 

It’s 6 Days until SKIN OF THE WOLF…

 

Arctic Indian Ceremonial Mask, Alaska, Circa 1900
Arctic Indian Ceremonial Mask, Alaska, Circa 1900

 

 

 

A Native American ceremonial mask up for auction at Sotheby’s lies at the heart of Skin of the Wolf. We are celebrating the use of masks throughout the world and across time by featuring a new mask daily as we count down to publication day on July 31, 2014. To pre-order and for more information please use the links on your left.

 

The original source for today’s mask can be found here.

Did you know that John Cabot’s actual name was Giovanni Caboto (and that he was Italian)?

A scholarly article published in 2012 supports the claim that Italian merchants actually financed some of the first British expeditions to America, including those by John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto).  You can read about the new evidence here.  John Cabot “discovered” what we now know as Newfoundland and thereby claimed Canada for England.  As we hope interestingly, John Cabot’s voyage to North American plays an important part in the life of one of the characters in SKIN OF THE WOLF.

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John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto)

You can also learn more about John Cabot here.

Also, perhaps interestingly, one half of Sam Cabot (namely Carlos Dews) is chairperson of the Department of English Language and Literature at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

Sherlock Holmes, the Paranormal, and The Diogenes Club

Some of you know the SJ half of Sam Cabot was invested in the Baker Street Irregulars this past January.  It was an honor unexpected and undeserved.  SJ doesn’t have nearly the required knowledge to be a Sherlockian.  But there you go.

 

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Photo: Gruber Photographers

SJ was at the dinner in this photo but you’ll never find her.

Sherlock Holmes, of course, would have no truck with ideas of the paranormal.  Something supernatural seemed to be going on in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES — but no.  In Holmes’s world, everything had a rational explanation.

Not so in his creator’s, though.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a big believer in spiritualism — photographs of fairies, seances, that sort of romantic Victoriana.  If you click the link you’ll find the official biography supplied by his estate.  Interestingly, though it defends his spiritualism, it doesn’t mention it at all until page fourteen.  Of fifteen.

Down through the years there have been other takes, of course.  Some folks believe Holmes himself was a vampire.  The Noantri of Sam Cabot’s books like this idea, though they point out that Holmes was a fictional creation…

Another great approach is Kim Newman’s in his Diogenes Club series.  The Diogenes Club, you will no doubt remember, was founded by Sherlock’s brother Mycroft.  Newman’s thesis is, it exists to protect the British Empire from… forces.  Check it out.

 

 

 

It’s 7 Days until SKIN OF THE WOLF…

 

Gold Mask of Agamemnon discovered in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann during his excavations at Mycenae in Greece, 1550–1500 BC
Gold Mask of Agamemnon discovered in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann during his excavations at Mycenae in Greece, 1550–1500 BC

 

 

A Native American ceremonial mask up for auction at Sotheby’s lies at the heart of Skin of the Wolf. We are celebrating the use of masks throughout the world and across time by featuring a new mask daily as we count down to publication day on July 31, 2014. To pre-order and for more information please use the links on your left.

 

The original source for today’s mask can be found here.