“Weird as a wizard”: Notes from Kelpius’s Cave

[MARKER TO THE ‘MADDEST OF GOOD MEN’] For Nick Bucci rationality has its limits. Far from a sleight, this is an adequate description of his epistomological way. “Are you interested in the magic?” he asked me last week at the Tercentennial of the settlement of the 17th century mystic and Pietist botanist, astronomer, poet, agriculturalist,… Read More “Weird as a wizard”: Notes from Kelpius’s Cave

“It will burn for a mile”: Fire Insurance and the Origins of the High Pressure Fire Service

[H.P.F.S. PUMPING STATION — DELAWARE AVE. AND RACE ST.] On March 17, 1900 Philadelphia’s center city business elites balked at the news that two New York fire insurance companies, the Home Insurance Company of New York and the Williamsburg City Insurance Company were instructing their underwriters to stop issuing fire insurance policies to Philadelphia businesses… Read More “It will burn for a mile”: Fire Insurance and the Origins of the High Pressure Fire Service