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Friday, May 22, 2015
See a post of Nov. 17, 2011 — Void.
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live."
— Joan Didion, The White Album
See also John Gregory Dunne.
See the recent posts below as well as the following
passage from this morning's online New York Times —
"Mr. Belden generally worked fast, but he
lingered for years over the music for his
2003 Blue Note album, “Black Dahlia,” one
of his best-known works. Inspired by the
murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947…."
— Ben Ratliff
Synchronicity check on the date of the above Salon story:
Two posts from Log24 on Jan. 5, 2014 —
Thursday, May 21, 2015
From The Philosopher's Gaze, by David Michael Levin,
University of California Press, 1999 —
Now, the gathering of re-collection,
as a return to the opening ground,
a Rücknahme in den zu eröffnenden Grund ,
would be crucial to the transfiguration of the
figure-ground Gestalt: its release from the
disfigurements of enframing (Gestell ) and
its emergence and becoming as a gathering
of the fourfold. The opening, gathering, and
laying-down that would take place in and as
the ring of the Geviert is therefore to be
understood as entering into a figure-ground
formation, a Gestalt , that our looking and
seeing would have opened up, gathered,
and laid down by virtue of their being (or say
by virtue of their character as) a hermeneutical
re-collection of being, gathering the presencing
of the lighting, the boundless giving-to-be-hold
of the field, into the pain and the thankfulness
A hermeneutical re-collection —
Log24 posts tagged May 19 Gestalt.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This evening's online New York Times —
"Bruce Lundvall, a record executive whose 25-year run
at the helm of Blue Note, preceded by top positions at
CBS and Elektra, made him one of the most influential
figures behind the scenes in recent jazz history, died
on Tuesday in Ridgewood, N.J. He was 79."
See also Moulin Bleu (Dec. 16, 2003).
"Describing this conceptual breakthrough,
which he backed mathematically, thus rocking
modern physics, Arkani-Hamed says: 'At the time,
I was just in the mood for thinking about something different.' "
A meditation yesterday by physics writer Peter Woit —
Last week on Jeopardy (see here),
no one got this question:
Nima Arkani-Hamed is using this
number dimension, the next one beyond time,
to rock the physics world.
I wouldn’t have either…
A related meditation from this morning's New York Times —
YouTube has a related requiem.
A 46-year-old Jesuit priest who was a Marquette University
assistant professor of theology collapsed on campus
Tuesday morning and died, President Michael Lovell
announced to the campus community in an email….
"Rev. Lúcás (Yiu Sing Luke) Chan, S.J., died after
collapsing this morning in Marquette Hall. Just last Sunday,
Father Chan offered the invocation at the Klingler College
of Arts and Sciences graduation ceremony…."
From this journal on the above publication date of
Chan's book — Sept. 20, 2012 —
From a Log24 post on the preceding day, Sept. 19, 2012 —
“The Game in the Ship cannot be approached as a job,
a vocation, a career, or a recreation. To the contrary,
it is Life and Death itself at work there. In the Inner Game,
we call the Game Dhum Welur , the Mind of God."
— The Gameplayers of Zan
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
"Creation is the birth of something, and
something cannot come from nothing."
— Photographer Peter Lindbergh at his website
From a biography of Lindbergh —
"… it took Lindbergh awhile to find his true métier.
Born in Krefeld, Germany, in 1944….
Barely out of his teens, he became a painter who
embraced conceptual art and — for reasons he
has since forgotten — adopted the professional
name « Sultan. » Lindbergh… was a few years
short of his 30th birthday when he turned to
— "The Man Who Loves Women," by Pamela Young,
Toronto Globe & Mail , September 19, 1996
A Lindbergh work from his conceptual-art days —
For a connection between the above work by Paul Talman and the
above "Mono Type 1" of Lindbergh, see…
Monday, May 18, 2015
Yesterday morning's quote from The Politics of Experience :
"Creation ex nihilo has been pronounced impossible even for
God. But we are concerned with miracles."
Sunday, May 17, 2015
From a 2012 piece on author Oliver Sacks:
"… he successfully set out to envision a splash of
true indigo, the colour he had been fascinated by
Thanks to UD for pointing out the Sacks piece.
From Chapter 1 of R. D. Laing's The Politics of Experience —
"An activity has to be understood in terms of the experience
from which it emerges. These arabesques that mysteriously
embody mathematical truths only glimpsed by a very few —
how beautiful, how exquisite — no matter that they were
the threshing and thrashing of a drowning man.
We are here beyond all questions except those of being
and nonbeing, incarnation, birth, life and death.
Creation ex nihilo has been pronounced impossible even for
God. But we are concerned with miracles. We must hear the
music of those Braque guitars (Lorca*)."
See also Christmas Day, 2009.
* Update of Sunday afternoon: A search for the Lorca quote yields
no result, but Cocteau wrote that "Mon rêve, en musique, serait
d'entendre la musique des guitares de Picasso. "
(Oeuvres complètes , Vol. 10, p. 107)
See also Stevens + "Blue Guitar" in this journal.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Is experience the best teacher?
At Thursday's opening night of U2's "Innocence and Experience"
tour, The Edge falls off the stage —
… Or is the best teacher Buddy Rich?
Bus scene from the recent film "Whiplash" —
Friday, May 15, 2015
Today's guitar news suggests the following —
"… sometimes what we are seeking
is not that which reason can impose…."
For the source, see a Log24 search for Innocence + Experience.
Music to wake the dead …
For the fictional corpse Sean Casey of "Whiplash" —
The music of the late jazz drummer Jerome Cooper.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
See Found Symbol in this journal.
See also the Imperial College theorem symbol
and a page from Imperial College about
group actions on a space Ω —
For Han Solo, some less imperial symbology —
Detail of a CKEditor plugin screenshot:
horizontal line, smiley, special characters,
and iframe area.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
See the previous post, "Space," as well as…
Notes on space for day 13 of May, 2015 —
The 13 symmetry axes of the cube may be viewed as
the 13 points of the Galois projective space PG(2,3).
This space (a plane) may also be viewed as the nine points
of the Galois affine space AG(2,3) plus the four points on
an added "line at infinity."
Related poetic material:
The ninefold square and Apollo, as well as …
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
See Stevens + New Haven.
"William Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher
whose book ‘On Writing Well’ sold more than
1.5 million copies by employing his own literary
craftsmanship to urge clarity, simplicity, brevity
and humanity, died on Tuesday [May 12, 2015]
at his home in Manhattan. He was 92."
— Douglas Martin in the online New York Times
Monday, May 11, 2015
"A similar account was presented on Aug. 7, 2011…."
— Matthew Rosenberg in this evening's online New York Times
Update: A summary and the time of the above story —
Earlier in the day, Politico had a piece on the "similar account."
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Wilson reportedly died at 94 on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Related material: This journal on that date, and
the following —
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
The above video frame reads "From Mastermind George Miller."
* Reference: A review of Gone Girl .
Illustrating the Spiegel-Spiel des Gevierts
"At the point of convergence
by Octavio Paz, translated by
For an excellent commentary
View selected pages
Play and the Aesthetic Dimension
(Mihai I. Spariosu,
– and Theme and Variations.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Illustrations from a post of Feb. 17, 2011:
Plato’s paradigm in the Meno —
If The New York Times interviewed Ultron for its
Sunday Book Review "By the Book" column —
What books are currently on your night stand?
Steve Fuller's Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times
Gerald Holton's Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought
John Gray's The Soul of the Marionette
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
(Continued from Dec. 13, 2014.)
See as well "Many Dimensions" in this journal.
See Gary Zukav, Harvard '64, in this journal.
and damned nonsense —
"Every institution has a soul."
— Gerald Holton in Harvard Gazette today
"The Ferris wheel came into view again…."
— Malcom Lowry, Under the Volcano
See also Holton in a Jan. 1977 interview:
"If people have souls, and I think a few have, it shows…."
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
… And Some Not So Live —
"Here was finality indeed, and cleavage!" — Under the Volcano
"At the point of convergence
by Octavio Paz, translated by
(A sequel to the previous post)
"Thomas R. Shepard Jr., who as the last
publisher of Look magazine oversaw its
sudden and rapid descent from record
advertising revenue and circulation
to its demise, died on Wednesday in
Sarasota, Fla. He was 96." — Sam Roberts
From the reported date of the publisher's death —
See also recent Look -related posts.
Monday, May 4, 2015
From yesterday —
Another remark on "still light" —
" . . . After the kingfisher's wing
Has answered light to light, and is silent, the light is still
At the still point of the turning world." — Four Quartets
Note the page number, 168, in the above quote from Capobianco.
From another page 168,* a reproduction of a title page —
"In quella parte del libro…."
* In Jewel Spears Brooker's book
T.S. Eliot: The Contemporary Reviews ,
Cambridge University Press, 2004
Sunday, May 3, 2015
The title of Saturday night's post, "Die Scheinung ," is taken from
a 1920 book on a German poet, where "Scheinung " is associated
with "Maja ," a German spelling of a word with the connotation of
"the veil of illusion."
The phrase "Das Scheinen " is closer to "The Shining" in the
novel of that title by Stephen King. Some related remarks —
"refreshing for its clarity and scholarly precision"
Saturday, May 2, 2015
"Did you never hear of the 'Fountain of Youth'?"
asked Dr. Heidegger, "which Ponce de Leon,
the Spanish adventurer, went in search of two
or three centuries ago?"
"But did Ponce de Leon ever find it?" said
the Widow Wycherly.
"No, answered Dr. Heidegger, "for he never
sought it in the right place. The famous
Fountain of Youth, if I am rightly informed, is
situated in the southern part of the Floridian
peninsula, not far from Lake Macaco.
Its source is overshadowed by several gigantic
See also the previous post.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Cross of Black and Gray
See also "Why do Muslims pray five times daily?".