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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 25, June 23, 2019, Article 30


Here are some additional items in the media this week that may be of interest. -Editor

Breen Daughter's Book Going to Print

The Last Closet book cover Moira Greyland, daughter of numismatic author and researcher Walter Breen and his science fiction author wife Marion Zimmer Bradley, published her autobiography last year as a Kindle e-book. It's been an Amazon bestseller for weeks and is scheduled to be published in print next month. Thanks to Rich Bottles Jr. for passing this along. -Editor

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Daughter of famed sci-fi author reveals sexual horrors she suffered growing up in LGBT home (

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Bulgari Coin Watches

From The Telegraph, an article about the latest Bulgari coin jewelry. -Editor

Bulgari Coin Watch Exploring ways to bring material interest to a watch dial is as old as timekeeping itself. And one of the most interesting ways to add face value has been using coins - either as a dial or as the entire case. Rare versions of pocket and wristwatches from Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet featuring currencies from the US, Switzerland, France and Mexico have all raised their heads at auction.

Piaget's acclaimed Dalí D'or watches and jewellery use the coins Salvador Dalí minted in the 1960s and 1970s incorporating like-nesses of himself and his wife Gala. Among the most prolific are the Corum Coin Watches using gold dollar coins and worn by US presidents including Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Even Andy Warhol had a Corum Coin Watch in his celebrated collection.

To read the complete article, see:
Bulgari celebrates ancient coins as old as 337AD with its new Octo Romana Monete watch (

Venezuela's Secret Gold Shipments

Martin Kaplan passed along this Wall Street Journal piece about secretive gold shipments from Venezuela. Thanks. -Editor

Uganda gold refinery The government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is selling off his country's gold reserves. Some of it has passed through a secretive operation in East Africa, a gambit that evades U.S. sanctions.

On two early-March flights, at least 7.4 tons of gold with a market value over $300 million moved from Venezuela to a refinery in Uganda, say officials in Venezuela and Uganda, a foreign diplomat and Venezuelan opposition lawmakers, who have concluded Mr. Maduro's government exported the ingots.

The gold arrived on a Russian charter jetliner in two shipments at the international airport in Entebbe, says Ugandan national-police spokesman Fred Enanga. The accompanying paperwork identified the ingots, some with stamped labels partially scratched off, as Venezuelan central-bank property, says a senior Ugandan police officer who saw the bars and documents. Flight records show the trips originated in Caracas, Venezuela.

The shipments expose one link in a global underground economy many suspect is helping Mr. Maduro cling to power by bypassing the U.S.-dominated international finance system.

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How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela's Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished (

The Maven Game

Many of our book fans are also writers, so I thought I'd share a link to a great blog on writing called The Maven Game by David Moldawer. This particular post is an excellent piece of writing itself, with some interesting observations about movie sequels, in particular "long hiatus sequels" - think of Paul Newman in The Color of Money, made 25 years after The Hustler. It draws on references as diverse as Ben Franklin's Leather Apron club, cicadas and Seinfeld (check out the link to a classic episode). -Editor

By the time Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are long gone, we'll be enjoying long-hiatus sequels featuring septuagenarian Daisy Ridley using the Force to fetch her slippers.

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Movable Type: A Chinese Invention

And for bibliophies, here's an interesting article on the invention of movable type - and it wasn't you-know-who. -Editor

The printing press is often said to have been created by Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany, around 1440 AD, and it began taking root in Europe in the 1450s with the printing of the aforementioned Bible. Books themselves had been present in Europe long before then, of course, but only in hand-copied volumes that were accessible mainly to members of the clergy. Access to mass-produced books revolutionized Europe in the late 1400s, with advancing literacy altering religion, politics, and lifestyles worldwide.

At least, this is how the story is rendered in most books, including, for the most part, The Lost Gutenberg. But a single sentence late in the book nods to a much longer story before that: “Movable type was an 11th-century Chinese invention, refined in Korea in 1230, before meeting conditions in Europe that would allow it to flourish—in Europe, in Gutenberg's time.”

To read the complete article, see:
So, Gutenberg Didn't Actually Invent the Printing Press (

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