Language Games:Now You're Playingwith Power
My latest preoccupation...Using
search-and-replace programs to reformat earlier Xanga entries. This
involves the use of "regular expressions," which lead to the
On the poetry of Geoffrey Hill:
"... why read him? Because of the things he writes about—war and peace
sacrifice, and the search for meaning and the truths of the heart, and
for that haunting sens…
John Leonard in the June 10, 2004, New York Review of Books, on E. L.
"... he's got urgent things to say and seeks some form to say them in,
or a form that will tease and torture secret meanings out of…
In memory of Melvin J. Lasky, editor, 1958-1990, of the CIA-funded
"Once called as lively, and as bitchy, as a literary cocktail party,
Encounter published articles of unrivalled authorit…
Theme and Variations "Por ejemplo, con las
posibles secuencias de sólo
cuatro letras diferentes: A, R, O y M obtenemos cinco palabras con
significados completamente distintos: MORA, ROMA, AMOR, RAMO y OMAR."
— El Geno…
Parable, Part II
The juxtaposition in this morning's Google news of the two wedding
stories below calls for some commentary. The best I can do is the
illustrations above the wedding stories, along with a link to some o…
"A comparison or analogy. The word is simply a transliteration of the
Greek word: parabolé (literally: 'what is thrown beside' or
'juxtaposed'), a term used to designate the geometric application we
call a 'para…
In memory of Lynn H. Loomis:
The above diagram is from a(paper) journal note of October 21, 1999.
It pictures the relationship of my own discovery, diamond theory (at
center), to the field, harmonic analysis, …
In memory ofSamuel Iwry, Hebrew scholar,who died on May 8, 2004:
From a log24 entry of May 8, 2004,on Wittgenstein's "language games" —
"Let us imagine a language ..."
— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Phil…
Popcorn Theology,Part II:
Justice atthe Supremes' Court
From today's New York Times:
LeRoy Myers, tap dancer androad manager for the original Supremes,died
April 26, 2004.
From a log24…
Today is the birthday of Star Wars director George Lucas and also the
date of Frank Sinatra's death.
Two notes that may besuitable for the occasion —
From All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta:
Moral Hazard —The Devil and Wallace
Stevens,continued from May 1-2 entries:
Law Day,Readings for Law Day,Fallen from Heaven, andThe Script
University of Southern California, Department of Economics — Industrial
The Wind and the Lion
Pat Buchananas A Mighty Wind —
Fallujah: High Tide of Empire?
A Time for Truth
For more about The Wind as a religious symbol, see Adolf Holl's
Biography of The Holy Spirit.
Aphorism 2 from Wittgenstein'sPhilosophical Investigationswith
commentary on the rightby Lois Shawver
Let us imagine a language ...The language is meant to serve for
communication between a builder A and an…
"Here were assertions, as for example the intersection of the three
altitudes of a triangle in one point, which -- though by no means
evident -- could nevertheless be proved with such certainty that any
Religion of the Lottery:
Ground Zero Revisited
The midday New York lottery number for Thursday, May 6, 2004, the
National Day of Prayer, was
Since the log24 entry for the preceding day (Wednesday) was written in…
Midnight in the Garden ofGood and Evil,
Buddies Show Usthe Real Tillman
By MARK PURDYSan Jose Mercury News
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Once the out-of-towners stopped talking, the people
from San Jose were allowed to…
Review of previous themes:
From Black Rain:
Masahiro: "Now -- music and movies are all America is good for."
From Lost in Translation:
Charlotte: I just don't know what I'm supposed to be. Bob: You'll …
Hollywood Writers, Producers Fail to Reach Agreement
Some scripts just write themselves.
Falluja Plan in Doubtas U.S. Deals WithFuror Over Abuse
The Siege, 1998
Our Man in Baghdadby Jon Lee AndersonThe …
Some background on the previous entry, Honorable Bird....
A note on the Michael Douglas film in that previous entry:
"This film is not to be confused with Japanese director Shohei
Imamura's BLACK RAIN, wh…
Tonight at 8:00 PM on BRAVO:
Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia are New York detectives caught up in a
gang war in Japan. Masahiro: Ken Takakura.
Masahiro: "Now -- music and movies are all Amer…
Fallen from Heaven
On today's stories:
Recall, gentle readers, the reference to Lucifer in last midnight's
story, "The Devil and Wallace Stevens," and the reference in
yesterday's story, "Notes," to the film "2010" (19…