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6/30/2020 11:49 pm  #1


The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

Read several years ago, maybe even of more interest currently...
Opening paragraph is what makes it of Hyperborean utility:

“...a city of scavengers. Just the names alone read now like some kind of exotic zoological catalogue: bone-pickers, rag-gathers, pure-finders, dredgermen, mud-larks, sewer-hunters, dustmen, night-soil men, bunters, toshers, shoremen...at least a hundred thousand strong.

Last edited by Monkeydono (6/30/2020 11:51 pm)


...before fatidic silver pools on a auspicious night stood a Hyperborean Xathoqquan priestess; stripping naked like a beast crawling in on all fours in supplication...
 

7/10/2020 9:22 pm  #2


Re: The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

Some of those terms are from Victorian thieves cant. Might be worth digging around a bit.

Allan.

 

7/14/2020 12:02 am  #3


Re: The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

grodog wrote:

Some of those terms are from Victorian thieves cant. Might be worth digging around a bit.

Allan.

By me peddler's French, jus’may...

Cheers for the rabbit hole lead and good to hear from you, Allen!


...before fatidic silver pools on a auspicious night stood a Hyperborean Xathoqquan priestess; stripping naked like a beast crawling in on all fours in supplication...
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