August 27, 2018

The Greek Theatre at Lomaland really did exist. It was the first such theatre in the United States. It still stands today in the grounds of the university now occupying the heights of Point Loma. The dance recital in The Architect’s Key is a fiction of course, but the theatre is still used for some…

September 2, 2018

Madame Helena Blavatsky launched the Theosophical movement 1875. In 1900, Madame Katherine Tingley established a branch of the society on Point Loma, California called Lomaland. Blending spiritualism, occultism and Eastern mystery traditions, the movement flourished and survives to this day, though no longer at Lomaland. Blavatsky and Tingley were controversial figures in their time, both…

September 2, 2018

That classical mythology has been rescued from the dusty halls of Academe is evident wherever you turn. From the Marvel and Disney franchises to the proliferation of video games featuring figures from the world’s folklore traditions, the ancient gods live on in the popular imagination. From comic books to graphic novels, from Pinterest to Instagram,…

August 31, 2018

When Phidias designed the Parthenon, his statue of Athena was the centerpiece of the temple. It was nearly thirty-eight feet tall and the face was carved from ivory. In “The Architect’s Key”, the goddess comes alive, and much to Leo’s horror, so does the serpent on her shield. The huge cost of the project became…