Sleeeeeeeeepy this morning, so I go the lazy route and bring you a link!
Media Bistro's blog Galley Cat is a chatty (and sometimes bitchy) take on the book industry. Interesting insider tidbits and useful business information.
fremescent: an incipient murmur; becoming noisy
Myths, symbols, and folklore
apotropaic figures: "They are grotesque heads or faces whose horrific expressions have served since ancient times to ward off hostile influences (e.g., the Gorgoneion). Their repulsive appearance symbolizes the gesture of rejection and banishment. The Egyptian Bes, when depicted with a grotesque appearance rather than with a smiling face, fulfilled the same function." (Herder)