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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.



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January 28, 2007


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That probably *will* be me in another 20 years.

You're talking to me, aren't you? Yes, that could be me. It probably will be me. Let's see, I've got thirty years to accumulate another 10,000 books...

That could so be me. No, really.

I could see myself in his place. Was he writing a book about the Collyer brothers?

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