Robert Rubin’s Defensive Occultism

Robert Rubin was kind enough in sending me an advanced copy of his book Defensive Occultism. It’s being self published through Lulu. Robert is a professional occult investigator in the Philippines and has contributed to Mysterium GMA. In America it’s roughly similar to what happens on Paranormal State with less Chip Coffey finding spirits of little boys everywhere. The episodes are a mix of tagalong and english so I really have no idea what’s going on.

The book itself starts out with a comprehensive who’s-who of the possible ailments. While in America we just have “ghosts”, Rubin’s book covers everything from maligned psychics to rogue occultists. While not everyone might agree on the classifications, the book itself is comprehensive and devotes enough time to each topic to cover it fully. The second part of the book covers briefly methods for identifying whats actually at work. This section sort of reads like a lot of DuQuette’s work where things are explained enough to get started but leaves enough room to fill in the details with your personal flare. The final part of the book is actually what you can do to protect yourself if you’re so inclined. People will recognize the LBRP here and be surprised at the inclusion of some voodoo sort of work. To Americans, this is going to be an interesting take on the culture combination.

If you’re interested in Ghost Hunters or Paranormal State in the American market but wish the programs had more depth to what actually goes on, this is the book for you.

Eating Phoenixville

Took the wife out to Phoenixville to eat. She originally wanted to go to Molly Maguires and I wasn’t huge on the idea. Kildares recently went south at the King of Prussia mall and became the Tilted Kilt. It’s probably the same ownership. The problem with Kildares is that it wanted to be Hooters but it was an irish pub. Clearly at some point someone got the idea that we could make it a hooters with an irish theme by putting everyone in schoolgirl plaid. Don’t get me wrong I like the costumes as much as the next guy, but its about as far as it gets from an american-irish eatery as it possibly can be. The Kildares never really lived up to it’s name anyway being more bar than pub, and it was a poor one at that.

Back to Molly Maguires, Phoenixville has this thing going on which is almost collusion – its hard to eat in Phoenixville for under $20 a plate. When you have kids (the babysitter only wanted to watch Alex) it’s impossible to go to one of those places. People are expecting quiet (although I don’t really give a shit) and since the restaurant is supposed to have an atmosphere the service is going to be slow and at $20 a plate I want to sit and enjoy it, which is hard to do when I’m trying to handle the baby. It’s not to say it’s wrong, it’s just to say that as a parent your eating options are limited.

Maguires actually has reasonably nice seating, which is a nice change from the bar scene. We requested to be seated indoors because it was late enough there was a fall chill in the air. The interior is well lit and looks like a restaurant. Despite it being like 8pm-ish they seated us in the far room so they could keep serving dinner. While the bar was in operation and people were starting to filter in they kept the lights up and the music down. Good too, because more people filtered in for dinner which I was a bit surprised at.

My wife got the sampler, I got the bangers and mash. The prices are reasonable and the menu is full. They have burgers and such but why not try some americanized takes on the dishes? My wifes stuff was all really well done and they used different bases for each stew. It gave everything a nice unique flavor, although the mint lamb is probably not irish. It is good, however. My bangers and mash turned out to be sausage, potatoes, browned onions and peppers. It was really, really good. The sausage was charred which was nice since it was mild, the onions were sweet and the potatoes were buttery. It probably cost me my caloric intake for the week but it was entirely worth it.

Would do again.