pleasant things to think about when sleep is elusive

  1. 1.
    The Edward Lear poem, "The Jumblies"
  2. 2.
    ("they went to sea in a sieve, they did.")
  3. 3.
    The unbelievably filthy limericks of Norman Douglas
  4. 4.
    (completely unrepeatable)
  5. 5.
    William Beckford's novel, Vathek, would make a fantastic movie except that it is more or less a bible of orientalism
  6. 6.
    Edward Gibbon's scornful phrase, "Oriental luxury and baths"
  7. 7.
    You wouldn't think an 18th-c. Englishman with a hydrocele could be that much like Tacitus, but he really was
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