Da Capo, Part II:
The Elegant Window
From a review ofThe Nick Tosches Reader,published by Da Capo Press:
"Elegant as a slow blues."
-- Rolling Stone "Examples are thestained-glass windows of knowledge."
Diamonds Are Forever Robert Stone,
A Flag for Sunrise: "
'That old Jew gave me this here.' Egan looked at the
diamond. 'I ain't giving this to you, understand? The old
man gave it to me for my boy. It's wo…
by Keith Allen Korcz "We symbolize logical necessity with the box ()
and logical possibility with the diamond (). I first discuss combining
negations with the box and diamond, noting
I mean, seriously...
"The Comedians is about three men, Smith, Jones and
"Again I was aware of the three names, interchangeable like comic masks
in a farce."
-- Graham Greene, The Comedians, Penguin paperb…
But seriously...A follow-up to the previous
"tiger" entry (which was about an old but good dirty joke).
I just subscribed to The New York Review of Books online for another
year, prompted by my desire to read Roger S…
Death and the Spirit, Part III
In memory of comedian
Gene Baylos, who died
on Jan. 10, 2005:
From the dark jungle
as a tiger bright,
Form from the viewless Spirit
leaps to light.
-- Rumi, "Reality and…
Geometry DownloadThere is a new web page
my notes on finite geometry in a very large (about 7 MB) zipped folder
for downloading. (Individual notes may be previewed without downloading
State of Grace
Utmost is relative --
Have not or Have
Enough -- the first Abode
On the familiar Road
Galloped in Dreams --
"Only through time time is conquered."
— T. S. Eliot…
Hope of Heaven"Heaven is a state,a sort of
metaphysical state."-- John
O'Hara, Hope of Heaven, 1938"The old men know
when an old man dies."-- Ogden NashSee also the five Log24 entries
ending with the 9 PM entry of
In memory of Humphrey Carpenter:
"Aslan's last words come at the end of The Last Battle: 'There was
a real railway accident [...] Your father and mother and all of you
are--as you used to call it in the S…
Another Death"I should be glad of another
death," wrote T. S. Eliot in "Journey of the Magi."
But not Humphrey Carpenter's. Carpenter, like Eliot and Guy Davenport
(see last two days' entries) died on a January 4th. …
Light at Bologna
"Others say it is a stone that posseses mysterious powers.... often
depicted as a dazzling light. It's a symbol representing power, a
source of immense energy. It nourishes, heals, wounds, blinds,…
The Starof Venus"He looked at the fading light
in the western sky and saw Mercury,
or perhaps it was Venus,
gleaming at him as the evening star.
Darkness and light,
the old man thought.
It is what every hero le…
"Great is your love, Prince Ombra answered finally, and
eternal is its mystery to me. Yet honor was not denied me in the
fire of Creation. Ombra, lord vanquisher of heroes, pledges this,
O brother of…
"A corpse will be
transported by express!"
(Ideograms for Guy Davenport;
see also previous entry.)"At the still point,there the dance is."
-- T. S. EliotIllustration from
Tuesday, April 22, 2003:Temptation
In Memory of
Guy DavenportFrom the day Davenport died:
"At Merton College, Oxford,
he wrote the first thesis on Joyce
to be accepted by the university."
-- Today's New York Times
From a very informative essay
Death and the Spirit A meditation for
Twelfth Night on "the whirligig of time" Today's New York Times
obituaries feature two notable graphic artists: Frank
Kelly Freas, who created, among other works, 400 portrait…
Feast of Stephen
"Time had been canceled.... And here he was again, in the ballroom."
-- Stephen King, The Shining
From a year ago today: "Heaven was kind of a hat on the universe,a lid
that kept everyth…