Judaic Incunabula: An Evening’s Encounter With Survivors From My Distant Past

by Sally Wiener Grotta

rare books

SOURCE: Pixabay

I recently spent an evening of wonder and reflection in the company of several Judaic incunabula (printed books in Hebrew from the 15th century) at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library. Each was a personality and story, bound by hand and laden with transmitted memory. My guide through their histories, typography and quirks was Judy Guston, the Rosenbach’s curator and senior director of collections, who also happens to be a fascinating storyteller. I was entranced, and the time went by far too quickly. Continue reading Judaic Incunabula: An Evening’s Encounter With Survivors From My Distant Past

Green Check Wants to Be Why Your Pot Dealer Can Have a Bank Account

As state governments work to make sure that legalizing recreational marijuana doesn’t open a door for illegal drug cartels and/or the mob, legitimate cannabis vendors have been struggling to obtain services that are essential to running a business.

Cannabis Shop sign

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At this early stage of the game, it’s not easy being a legal pot dealer in the U.S. No matter how legal you may be in the state where you operate, to federal law enforcement you are a multiple felon — if they want to go after you.

Although the feds haven’t been going after these newly minted legal dealers (and have indicated they have no plans to do so), their legal status on the federal level has been somewhat problematic, both to them and to other companies that want to do business with them. Continue reading Green Check Wants to Be Why Your Pot Dealer Can Have a Bank Account

Becoming Spaceworthy: A Season of Reason and Change

The untamed mind set loose without being tempered by the needs of physical existence, which is life, cannot be sustained. Welcome to Spaceship Earth.

sustainable world

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Imagine a space-going vessel, not something small containing only humans, but a vast one teeming with life. Imagine living in space, not just with other people, but with forests and lakes full of all manner of fish, flora, and fauna. For a species to establish a true space-faring civilization, it must survive its own technology and root that civilization in a healthy, viable environment. We will not be able to populate other star systems without taking nature with us. We need wolves and rabbits, deer and field mice, wild horses, bear and fowl. If we are to become such a spaceworthy species, we need to consciously define and claim a new ecological niche. There is more to the story. Continue reading Becoming Spaceworthy: A Season of Reason and Change

Want Psychedelic? Nine Iconic Pristine Posters from San Francisco’s Days of Love ‘n’ Haight

Heritage Auctions is auctioning a collection of mint condition rock ‘n’ roll posters from San Francisico’s acid, weed, music, and Summer-of-Love fueled golden age in the mid to late 1960s. We have nine of them here that we’re sure you’ll want to look at.

Jefferson Airplane 1966

Jefferson Airplane 1966. Click on image for full resolution (you might have to click twice for full size).

Wowie-zowie! You never know what’s going to show up in your inbox when you publish a website like AlternativeApproaches.

Like, for instance, a few days ago the Dallas-based online auction house, Heritage Auctions, sent us these high resolution images of nine pristine-condition rock posters from the psychedelic days when San Francisco was cool and groovy and everything was far out. It’s enough to blow your mind, you dig? Continue reading Want Psychedelic? Nine Iconic Pristine Posters from San Francisco’s Days of Love ‘n’ Haight

Original Spider-Man Art From a 1984 Comic Book on the Auction Block

Original artwork from 1984’s ‘Secret Wars’ No. 8 from Marvel Comics makes public debut at Heritage Auctions in January.

spider-man in black costume

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DALLAS, Texas (Dec. 21, 2021) – In glorious black-and-white, here comes the Spider-Man.

Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars was a comic book created to sell toys. It also forever altered the fate of Marvel Comics, the future of the entire comics industry and most of all, the swing of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, who traded his beloved red-and-blues for an alien black costume later infused with a touch of venom.

The two pages that tell the backstory of this living outfit – this symbiote, in the parlance of True Believers – are among the centerpiece offerings in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction to be held January 13-16. For the first time, the original art for Page 24 and Page 25 from Secret Wars No. 8 will be available to the public, each illustrated by Mike Zeck from writer Jim Shooter’s script. Continue reading Original Spider-Man Art From a 1984 Comic Book on the Auction Block