The Ideology of Empire andSpringtime for
There has been much talk lately of the establishment of a new American
Empire. An empire needs an ideology. The Bush family, which has strong
ties to various right-wing C…
From a Spanish-English dictionary: lucero m. morning or evening star:
any bright star.... Today is Reba McEntire's birthday.
" 'I know what it is you last saw,' she said; 'for that is also in my
war protesters, handcuffed together, blocked traffic near 47th Street
and 5th Avenue in New York City Wednesday. They chanted "Occupation is
a Crime, Free Iraq and Palestine!"
— Newsday, March 26, 2003
Orwell's question, according toan admirer of
leftist Noam Chomsky:
"When so much of the BS is right out in the open,why is it that we know
so little about it?Why don't we see what's right in front of our eyes?"
Readings for Bach's Birthday
Larry J. Solomon:
Symmetry as a Compositional Determinant, Chapter VIII: New
In Solomon's work, a sequence of notes is represented as a set of
Aptheker A Look at the Rat
In memory of Herbert Aptheker, theoretician of the American Communist
Party, who died on St. Patrick's Day, 2003 —
From The New Yorker, issue dated March 24, 2003, Louis Menan…
On this date in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel"The Scarlet Letter"
was first published.
"Ye see how large a letter I have written...." — St. Paul, Galatians
Chapter 6, Verse 11 Einstein and Opp…
The Producers, Part Deux:
Sidney Lippman, Hit Songwriter,Dies at 89
From THE NEW YORK TIMES Sidney Lippman, the composer and songwriter who
wrote the music for "A — You're Adorable," died on …
From The New Yorker, issue of March 17, 2003, Clive James on Aldous
“The Perennial Philosophy, his 1945 book compounding all the positive
thoughts of West and East into a tutti-frutti of moral uplift,…
In memory of Howard Fast, novelist and Jewish former Communist, who
died yesterday, a quotation:
"For many of us, the geometry course sounded the death knell for our
progress — and interest — in m…
Today is the birthday of the late Jewish media magnate and art
collector Walter H. Annenberg, whose name appears on a website that
includes the following text:
Shape and Space in Geometry
Today is allegedly the anniversary of the canonization, in 1622, of two
rather important members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits):
Ignatius Loyola... Click here for Loyola's legacy of strategic intelli…
Art at the Vanishing Point
Two readings from The New York Times Book Review of Sunday, March 9,
2003 are relevant to our recurring "art wars" theme. The essay on Dante
by Judith Shulevitz on page 31 …
Broadway: The Sound of Silence
Hello darkness, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again.
(See previous entry, Mar. 7, "Lovely, Dark and Deep.) And the people
bowed and prayed to the ne…
Lovely, Dark and Deep
On this date in 1923, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," by Robert
Frost, was published. On this date in 1999, director Stanley Kubrick
died. On this date in 1872, Piet Mondrian was born.
Geometry for Jews
Today is Michelangelo's birthday.
Those who prefer the Sistine Chapel to the Rothko Chapel may invite
their Jewish friends to answer the following essay question:
Discuss the geometry un…
"Teach us to care and not to care."— T. S. Eliot, "Ash Wednesday"
From The Jerusalem Post, August 6, 2001:
In the movie Godfather II there is a scene when Michael Corleone is in
Brace Yourself, Maureen
From Maureen Dowd's New York Times column today:
"During the innocent summer before 9/11, the defense secretary's office
sponsored a study of ancient empires — Macedonia, Rome, th…
I just Googled this phrase and found the following site, which turns
out to be related to my previous entry on the Bead Game and the death
of John P. Thompson.
Fearful Symmetry:The Music Master's Lectu…
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The Bus and the Bead Game: The Communion of Saints as the Association
On this date in 1955, "Bus Stop," a play by William Inge, opened at the
Music Box Theatre in New York City.
"I seemed to…