Chimney Sweeping…


The symptoms of Bertha Pappenheim and the explication of memories or “the talking cure” in psychology…

via: The Wit of the Staircase





Myomancy…divination by the movements of mice…

The Wit of the Staircase
(post December 28, 2006)

Remembering Theresa…

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Happy Birthday Tracy… wherever you are…

Theresa Duncan Oct. 26, 1966 ~ July 10, 2007

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She’s the original Wit of the Staircase, the inspiration for my blog way back when, and lover of Halloween, a love we share…

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“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”
~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

All images from Mary Duncan’s blog Memories of Theresa

Birthday: Theresa Duncan

Birthdays come and go even when we are gone…but not forgotten.

Happy Birthday to the Wit of the Staircase

Visit my page Folie A Deux or my Theresa Duncan category for her fascinating and sad story…


 ©Wilbur King III

Remembering Theresa…

Another birthday passes for our lost friend Theresa Duncan… I’ve been told she always loved this time of year and actually celebrated her birthday on Halloween when she was alive.  We at The Wit Continuum remember this inspiring muse…

Here an excerpt of The Drunken Boat by Arthur Rimbaud, which Theresa once read in a recording with Wilbur King III.

But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking.
Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter:
Sharp love has swollen me up with heady langours.
O let my keel split! O let me sink to the bottom!

If there is one water in Europe I want, it is the
Black cold pool where into the scented twilight
A child squatting full of sadness, launches
A boat as fragile as a butterfly in May.

I can no more, bathed in your langours, O waves,
Sail in the wake of the carriers of cottons,
Nor undergo the pride of the flags and pennants,
Nor pull past the horrible eyes of the hulks.

Happy Birthday and Happy Halloween where ever you are…