The Eerie Power To Cloud Minds

Reading & Writing

The Air Loom was the first human influencing machine. Developed by James Tilly Matthews, an inmate of Bedlam caught up in political intrigue during the French Revolution, the machine knitted together vaporous magnetic fluids to influence the minds of MPs. It looked like this;
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The surprising history of the Air Loom was outlined by Mr Mike Jay, English eccentric and genius, in his wonderfully readable book ‘The Air Loom Gang’. Mike followed this book up, naturally, with a volume about the last man to be hanged, drawn and quartered for treason, called ‘The Unfortunate Captain Despard’.
His new book, ‘The Atmosphere Of Heaven’, concerns the development of laughing gas, but typically is about much, much more than that, and is out now. He has always been interested in madness, and continues to light up forgotten corners of English history while everyone else is writing about Henry Bloody VIII. He is a regular contributor to the magazine of unpopular culture Strange Attractor. Read him and be amazed.

One comment on “The Eerie Power To Cloud Minds”

  1. I.A.M. says:

    A brief and probably ridiculous question about the Air Loom: what, if anything, did it actually accomplish once it was built?

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