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Halloween is bearing down, and soon I shall be setting off on the road for considerably longer than a month’s time, with the essay I’ve been working on still, alas!, unfinished – but I’m taking the project with me and hope to complete it soon. As for posting in general, it may be rather sporadic over the course of the next several weeks, though I shall do my best to maintain at least some regularity.

Lest the occasion pass by without some fitting music, here is a nice reprise of “The Monster Mash” by the Brooklyn band Selebrities.

(The image on the front page: John Quidor, “The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane” (1858), detail, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.)