Raffaello Glinni, a Medieval history scholar, noticed that that tomb is covered symbols representing the House of the Transylvanian “Carpathians,” something very out of place in a crypt full of Italian noblemen.
Like so, apparently:
[N]aturally, the researchers are appealing to the authorities for permission to open the grave, releasing Dracula from his ancient slumber where he'll reinstate his bloody reign of terror on an unsuspecting world. Or, you know, maybe just prove their hunch.
Vampire politics continues in 2012, as we approach May 1 and the start of Dracula. Today's example: a passionate, lyrical essay from the left, asking us to observe "Ypsilanti Vampire May Day".
Here's a sample:
The situation does indeed resemble Count Dracula’s castle: the barred windows of banks; the impregnable battlements of securitization; the bolted doors of financialization; the endless corridors of credit default swaps; the twisting stairways of lost mortgages; the heavy portcullis of fiscalism. Every view is hemmed in by enclosure, and each citizen is watched over by the omniscient Evil Eye of surveillance cameras.
Yes, Linebaugh namechecks the classic Goldman Sachs vampire squid line. And Marx's powerful Gothic phrasing. Along with 19th-century Greek history, Sulla, the history of Michigan, and far too many other items along a delirious way for me to summarize quickly.