"Here was finality indeed, and cleavage!"
— Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano
Thursday, September 30, 2010
"Here was finality indeed, and cleavage!"
"…to seek one's true nature is, as one Zen master has said,
'a way to lead you to your long lost home.'"
— Peter Matthiessen, Nine-Headed Dragon River
See also Matthiessen in Dead Viking.
* See Jazz Standards.
*** A search for Jung and "the square inch space"
leads to March 15, 2009, and preceding posts.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
* "Bonnie and Clyde" director Arthur Penn, who died last night.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Happy birthday to Mira Sorvino (Harvard '89).
A more dramatic presentation, also done on June 9-10, 2008—
"… nothing ever truly dies. The universe wastes nothing. Everything is simply… transformed."
From this journal —
A photo from that same day—
and Keanu Reeves at a press conference for the
Tokyo premiere of "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
Photo taken on 17 December 2008. The film was
to premiere in Japan 19 December, 2008.
(Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
Related material: The links from this journal given above —
Monday, September 27, 2010
… In the Age of Citation
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE PROBLEM
Social network analysis is focused on the patterning of the social
relationships that link social actors. Typically, network data take the
form of a square-actor by actor-binary adjacency matrix, where
each row and each column in the matrix represents a social actor. A
cell entry is 1 if and only if a pair of actors is linked by some social
relationship of interest (Freeman 1989).
— "Using Galois Lattices to Represent Network Data,"
by Linton C. Freeman and Douglas R. White,
Sociological Methodology, Vol. 23, pp. 127–146 (1993)
From this paper's CiteSeer page—
|766||Social Network Analysis: Methods and Applications – WASSERMAN, FAUST – 1994|
|100||The act of creation – Koestler – 1964|
|75||Visual Thinking – Arnheim – 1969|
Visual Image of the Problem—
From a Google search today:
"It is better to light one candle…"
"… the early favorite for best picture at the Oscars" — Roger Moore
Sunday, September 26, 2010
The Dick Medal
Review of the film "Knowing" from 2009—
Nicolas Cage's character, an astrophysicist, looks at a chart (written 50 years earlier by a child) with a colleague and points out a chronologically correct prediction of the date and number of dead in world wide tragedies over the last fifty years, and his colleague's response is "Systems that find meaning in numbers are a dime a dozen. Why? Because people see what they want to see." Well that would be a pretty neat trick. You could build a career on that in a Vegas showroom.
Film Title: Next
Based on the 1954 short story
"The Golden Man" by Philip K. Dick
April 27, 2007
About the Film:
Nicolas Cage stars as Cris Johnson, a Las Vegas magician with a secret gift that is both a blessing and a curse: He has the uncanny ability to tell you what happens next.
Related material from this journal on the release date of "Next"— April 27, 2007—
"It’s almost enough to make you think that time present and time past might both be present in time future. As someone may have said."
— David Orr, "The Age of Citation"
The Harvard Crimson —
Published by Timothy J. Walsh on September 24, 2010 at 8:41AM
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics
READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL
Saturday night's game… Harvard vs. Brown at Providence—
Related philosophy about divine providence—
See also, from 2002, a note on "light inclosed in the dark" versus the late Harvard philosopher Barbara Johnson.
For some context on Harvard and "the Magic of Numbers" see Summer Reading from 2007.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
"…as Jeremy R. Knowles, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, stated in his Fall 2006 address to the Harvard freshman class, being able to tell if a man is 'talking rot' is the ultimate goal of a liberal arts education."
— Yelena S. Mironova ’12 in The Harvard Crimson yesterday
Is Mironova talking rot? Apparently not, since Knowles did, it seems, use that phrase in such an address. (See an alleged transcript of his remarks by someone at Facebook identifying herself as Van Le, Harvard '10)
Was Knowles talking rot? Perhaps, since the alleged transcript of his remarks indicates he attributed the phrase to a 1914 lecture by one J. A. Smith, a philosopher at Oxford, but did not give a source for his quotation.
A Google web search for more accurate information yields no exact source. There are two notable hearsay sources—
The weblog Fairing's Parish on August 16, 2009, gives a version attributed to Smith in More Christmas Crackers by John Julius Norwich. (The hardcover first edition of this book was published by Viking on Oct. 14, 1991, according to Amazon.co.uk.)
An earlier book in the Christmas Crackers series was cited as a Smith source by Michael M. Thomas at Forbes.com on Oct. 24, 2008—
"I happened upon Professor Smith long years ago, in the 1980 edition of John Julius Norwich's Christmas Cracker [sic ]…."
The weblog Laudator Temporis Acti of Michael Gilleland on August 29, 2004, says…
The following quotation comes at second or third hand. John Alexander Smith (1863-1939), Waynflete Professor of Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford, gave a lecture sometime before WWI, attended by Harold Macmillan. Macmillan reported Smith's words to Isaiah Berlin, and Isaiah Berlin told them to Ramin Jahanbegloo, who reproduced them in Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (London: Phoenix Press, 1993), p. 29….
Some further bibliographic notes on the Jahanbegloo book—
Ramin Jahanbegloo, Isaiah Berlin en toutes libertés: entretiens avec Isaiah Berlin (Paris, 1991: Éditions du Félin); repr. in its original English form as Ramin Jahanbegloo, Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (London, 1992: Peter Halban; New York, 1992: Scribner’s; London, 1993: Phoenix; 2nd ed., London, 2007: Halban); excerpted in Jewish Quarterly 38 No 3 (Autumn 1991), 15–26, Jewish Chronicle, 7 February 1992, Literary Supplement, ii, Guardian, 7 March 1992, 23, and (as ‘Philosophy and Life: An Interview’) New York Review of Books, 28 May 1992, 46–54; trans. Chinese (both scripts), German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish (complete and in part, by different translators)
A Google books search yields some starting points for a paper chase that might, given library resources like Harvard's, finally nail down the rot quote.
The best citation I can find online is not very good. See The Oxford Book of Oxford (first edition 1978, new edition 2002), edited by Jan (formerly James) Morris, who gives as her source "J. A. Smith, Professor of Moral Philosophy, opening a lecture course in 1914 (quoted by Harold Macmillan in The Times, 1965)." This does not indicate whether Macmillan was quoting Smith from memory or from a written or printed record. Only the latter would clear Macmillan (and all subsequent purveyors of the alleged Smith quote who did not attribute it to Macmillan) from the suspicion of talking rot.
Friday, September 24, 2010
An Ecumenical Hymn
For those who observed Yom Kippur at
Harvard's Memorial Church on Saturday,
September 18, 2010—
Friday night and the lights are low…
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for
July 13, 2007— Manhattanhenge.
See also on July 13, 2007, in this journal, a post
for Harrison Ford's 65th birthday featuring the
ecumenical diamond-in-a-football religious symbol—
The New York Times today—
"Dread & Superficiality:
Woody Allen as Comic Strip"/Abrams
Mr. Hample, who was also a playwright and performer,
Hample died on Sunday.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
"He can write, but he's got nothing to say."
— Isaac Babel on Nabokov (Wikipedia)
42. Ilya Ehrenburg, Memoirs: 1921-1941, page 110.
"I was the shadow of the waxwing slain" — Nabokov
"Someday we’ll see each other" — Isaac Babel
"Epistulae ad familiares" (adfamiliares for short) at livejournal.com—
"Prefatory notes evoke a Republic of Letters— or at least an academic support group— in which the writer claims membership. In fact, they often describe something much more tenuous, the group of those who the author wishes had read his work, offered him references, or at least given him the time of day. Hence they retain something of the literary— not to say fictional— quality of traditional poets' prayers." (Anthony Grafton, The Footnote: A Curious History)
P.S. This book rules. Why did I wait so long to read it?
* See a definition. See also this journal's previous post, Patterns in the Carpets. As for "those who the author wishes had read his work," see a quotation from an author mentioned in that post, Greg Egan, that seems relevant to the suicide outside Harvard's Memorial Church last Saturday during the morning Yom Kippur service—
… The word "transhumanism" (or, even worse, "posthumanism") sounds like a suicide note for the species, which effectively renders it a political suicide note for any movement by that name. No doubt there are people prepared to spend 90% of their time and energy explaining that they didn't intend any negative connotations, but this is not one of those cases where other people will be to blame if "transhumanists" are reviled as the enemies of humanity on purely linguistic grounds. It's no use people proclaiming "Please, read my 1,000-page manifesto, don't just look at one word!"….
— Greg Egan on April 23, 2008,** at Metamagician and the Hellfire Club
Related material— A livejournal note on the Memorial Church suicide, nihilism, and a "final crux."
** Footnote to a footnote— See also Log24 on April 23, 2008— Shakespeare's birthday.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
"I know no writing— except perhaps Henry James's introductory essays— which conveys so clearly and with such an absence of fuss the excitement of the creative artist."
— Graham Greene on A Mathematician's Apology , review in The Spectator , 20 December 1940
"The mere quality and play of an ironic consciousness in the designer left wholly alone, amid a chattering unperceiving world, with the thing he has most wanted to do, with the design more or less realised— some effectual glimpse of that might, by itself, for instance, reward one's experiment."
— Henry James, "Prefaces to the New York Edition," in The Figure in the Carpet and Other Stories, Penguin Books, 1986, with introduction and notes by Frank Kermode
"What? You've found a pattern?"
— Greg Egan, "Wang's Carpets"
See also Notes on Mathematics and Narrative, with its discussion of the tiles of the creative artist Patrick Blackburn in the recent (August 2010) Pythagorean novel The Thousand and the discussion of Wang tiles in Modal Logic, a book from November 2002 whose author also happens to be named Patrick Blackburn.
Smarter Questions —
Smarter Answers —
From Sunday's Sermon for Harvard —
Each sexton has his sect. The bells have none.
Each truth is a sect though no bells ring for it.
— Wallace Stevens
See also Jill Johnston on Jung's Red Book (March 2010).
Monday, September 20, 2010
Two pictures suggested by recent comments on
Peter J. Cameron's Sept. 17 post about T.S. Eliot—
For some further background, see Symmetry of Walsh Functions.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Each sexton has his sect. The bells have none.
Each truth is a sect though no bells ring for it.
— Wallace Stevens
Related material —
The Thousand … A recent novel about Pythagorean sects
16 + 9 = 25 … A Pythagorean truth
Saturday, September 18, 2010
There are "worrying signs of a failure to appreciate…
the legitimate role of religion in the public square."
— Pope Benedict XVI in Westminster Hall on Friday
Related material on the public square —
Didi Nearne was inspired by her strong Catholic faith
to believe that she would be well received, and the priest,
appalled at the state of the women, hid them in the bell tower.
In 1944 Nearne, an agent of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) who had
parachuted into France, was captured, interrogated and tortured by the Gestapo,
sent to a concentration camp, and later escaped.
She died at 89 on September 2, 2010. See this journal on that date.
See also Geheimnis des Glockenturms.
John Hooper in The Guardian quotes the Pope in Westminster Cathedral this morning—
"Here too I think of the immense suffering caused by the abuse of children, especially within the church and by her ministers. Above all, I express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of these unspeakable crimes.
"I also acknowledge, with you, the shame and humiliation which all of us have suffered because of these sins; and I invite you to offer it to the Lord with trust that this chastisement will contribute to the healing of the victims and the purification of the church and the renewal of her age-old commitment to the education and care of young people."
The pope made his comments at a service that was the occasion for religious pageantry of a sort rarely seen in Britain. He was preceded into the cathedral by more than 100 scarlet-robed priests and a constellation of bishops and cardinals. To a volley of applause from the congregation, he appeared at the climax of a musical build-up that could have come from the score for a sci-fi movie epic.
Related material— Childhood's Rear End.
Friday, September 17, 2010
From Peter J. Cameron's web journal today—
… Eliot’s Four Quartets has been one of my favourite works of poetry since I was a student….
Of course, a poem doesn’t have a single meaning, especially one as long and complex as Four Quartets. But to me the primary meaning of the poem is about the relationship between time and eternity, which is something maybe of interest to mathematicians as well as to mystics.
Curiously, the clearest explanation of what Eliot is saying that I have found is in a completely different work, Pilgrimage of Dreams by the artist Thetis Blacker, in which she describes a series of dreams she had which stood out as being completely different from the confusion of normal dreaming. In one of these dreams, “Mr Goad and the Cathedral”, we find the statements
In other words, eternity is not the same as infinity; it is not the time line stretched out to infinity. Rather, it is an intimation of a different dimension, which we obtain only because we are aware of the point at which that dimension intersects the familiar dimension of time. In a recurring motif in the second Quartet, “East Coker”, Eliot says,
and, in “Little Gidding”,
From this journal on the date of Blacker's death—
what would, if she were a Catholic saint, be called her dies natalis—
Fade to Black:
Mathematics and Narrative
Martin Gardner in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, June/July 2005 (pdf):
“I did a column in Scientific American on minimal art, and I reproduced one of Ed Rinehart’s [sic ] black paintings. Of course, it was just a solid square of pure black.”
Click on picture for details.
The Notices of the American Mathematical Society, January 2007 (pdf):
“This was just one of the many moments in this sad tale when there were no whistle-blowers. As a result the entire profession has received a very public and very bad black mark.”
– Joan S. Birman
Yesterday's excerpt from von Balthasar supplies some Catholic aesthetic background for Galois geometry.
That approach will appeal to few mathematicians, so here is another.
Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace is a book by Leonard Mlodinow published in 2002.
More recently, Mlodinow is the co-author, with Stephen Hawking, of The Grand Design (published on September 7, 2010).
A review of Mlodinow's book on geometry—
"This is a shallow book on deep matters, about which the author knows next to nothing."
— Robert P. Langlands, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, May 2002
The Langlands remark is an apt introduction to Mlodinow's more recent work.
It also applies to Martin Gardner's comments on Galois in 2007 and, posthumously, in 2010.
For the latter, see a Google search done this morning—
Here, for future reference, is a copy of the current Google cache of this journal's "paged=4" page.
Note the link at the bottom of the page in the May 5, 2010, post to Peter J. Cameron's web journal. Following the link, we find…
For n=4, there is only one factorisation, which we can write concisely as 12|34, 13|24, 14|23. Its automorphism group is the symmetric group S4, and acts as S3 on the set of three partitions, as we saw last time; the group of strong automorphisms is the Klein group.
This example generalises, by taking the factorisation to consist of the parallel classes of lines in an affine space over GF(2). The automorphism group is the affine group, and the group of strong automorphisms is its translation subgroup.
Gardner scoffs at the importance of Galois's last letter —
"Galois had written several articles on group theory, and was
merely annotating and correcting those earlier published papers."
— Last Recreations, page 156
Thursday, September 16, 2010
— A sequel of sorts to yesterday's post on the number fifteen —
A check on synchronicity yields the following Log24 posts —
- The White Itself (July 16, 2009)
- Mother of Beauty (July 16, 2009)
- Readings related to those July 16 posts and to
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
(born on September 16, 1950)
Happy birthday, Professor Gates.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Today is the birthday of mathematician Jean-Pierre Serre.
Some remarks related to today's day number within the month, "15"—
The Wikipedia article on finite geometry has the following link—
Carnahan, Scott (2007-10-27), "Small finite sets", Secret Blogging Seminar, http://sbseminar.wordpress.com/2007/10/27/small-finite-sets/, notes on a talk by Jean-Pierre Serre on canonical geometric properties of small finite sets.
From Carnahan's notes (October 27, 2007)—
Serre has been giving a series of lectures at Harvard for the last month, on finite groups in number theory. It started off with some ideas revolving around Chebotarev density, and recently moved into fusion (meaning conjugacy classes, not monoidal categories) and mod p representations. In between, he gave a neat self-contained talk about small finite groups, which really meant canonical structures on small finite sets.
He started by writing the numbers 2,3,4,5,6,7,8, indicating the sizes of the sets to be discussed, and then he tackled them in order.
Related material on finite geometry and the indicated small numbers may, with one apparent exception, be found at my own Notes on Finite Geometry.
The apparent exception is "5." See, however, the role played in finite geometry by this number (and by "15") as sketched by Robert Steinberg at Yale in 1967—
See also …
New York Times Sept. 15, 2010—
New York Times Aug. 11, 2009—
With the expiry of his five-year Research Fellowship at Trinity College Wittgenstein was faced once more with the problem of loss of career. Accordingly he planned a journey to the Soviet Union, to find out whether he
could find a suitable post there. Wittgenstein’s constant quest for the right career was not, as it is often misunderstood, a flight from himself. Rather, it was a search for the right place, a being at one with himself:
Return him [Man] to his rightful element and everything will unfold and appear as healthy. (MS 125)
Since 1933/34 he had been taking lessons in Russian from the philosopher Fanja Pascal, initially with Francis Skinner. In June he asked Keynes for an introduction to the Soviet ambassador in London, Ivan M. Maiski. He sought contacts in two places above all, at the Northern Institute in Leningrad and the Institute for National Minorities in Moscow, writing to Keynes on 6 July:
These Institutes, as I am told, deal with people who want to go to the ‘colonies’ the newly colonized parts at the periphery of the U. S. S. R. (Letters to Russell, Keynes and Moore)
On 12 September Wittgenstein arrived in Leningrad. There he met the author and educator Guryevich at the Northern Institute, then an autonomous faculty of Leningrad University. On the evening of the following day he travelled on to Moscow, arriving there on the morning of the 14th. Here he had contacts with various western Europeans and Americans, including the correspondent of the Daily Worker, Pat Sloane. Most of his discussions, however, were with scientists, for example the young mathematician Yanovskaya and the philosopher Yushevich from Moscow University, who were both close to so-called Mach Marxism and the Vienna Circle. He was invited by the philosopher Tatiana Nikolayeva Gornstein, a member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, to teach philosophy at Leningrad University. He traveled to Kazakhstan, where he was offered a chair at the famous university where Tolstoy once studied. On 1 October he was back in Cambridge. The trip was shorter than planned, and it appears that he had given up the idea of settling in Russia.
His friend Gilbert Pattison, who picked him up from the ship on his return, recalled that Wittgenstein’s view was that he could not live there himself:
One could live there, but only if one kept in mind the whole time that one could never speak one’s mind. … It is as though one were to spend the rest of one’s life in an army, any army, and that is a rather difficult thing for people who are educated. (Interview with Pattison)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
c6 d0 x2 y5 p5 d3 x4 y3 p5
Monday, September 13, 2010
Today, Day 256 of 2010, is Programmers' Day in Russia.
"Unicorn is a simple programming language which is designed to be used by children.
You can produce interesting effects very quickly, and see exactly what is going on."
In memory of Kevin McCarthy, who died on Saturday, September 11
From a 9/11 post —
My God, this place must be a million years old. Will that be it, sweetie? I think this gentleman's next. No, sir. You're next. Thank you. That'll be $1.35. What? $1.35. That's all? Did you want to pay more? No, it's just so cheap. That's the way it is out here, sweetie, free and easy. Yes, sirree, home on the range where the buffalo roam, The deer and the antelope play. Dolly's Little Diner. Home from home. Home from home.
See also "Kevin McCarthy" in this journal.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Between midnight and dawn, when the past is all deception,
The future futureless, before the morning watch
When time stops and time is never ending….
Art Theorist Rosalind Krauss and The Ninefold Square
* Title from a quotation in the Sunday New York Times today
(in a story about a June 25 death beginning on page MB1 of the New York edition)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
"In his efforts to create complicated positions that would unsettle his opponent, Mr. Larsen often essayed unusual openings that other players did not know. He helped popularize some openings that otherwise might have remained obscure, most notably the queen’s fianchetto, which became known as the Larsen opening after he began playing it regularly in international competitions."
Continued from Halloween 2005—
"They're gonna put me in the movies,
They're gonna make a big star out of me…"
For Bent Larsen, Danish chess Grandmaster, who died on Thursday, September 9, 2010—
See also "Patrick Blackburn, meet Gideon Summerfield" in Building a Mystery.
Friday, September 10, 2010
For Julie Taymor on Fashion's Night Out…
This film clip is echoed by lyrics, broadcast this morning, from Taymor's new Spider-Man musical—
You can fly too high and get too close to the sun.
See how the boy falls from the sky.
This morning's post and the "At Play" film it linked to featured class conflict and Brazilian natives.
For a more down-to-earth approach to these topics, see Fox Broadcasting's new series "Running Wilde."
Although it's always crowded, you still can find some room…
"Since he couldn’t find traditional backing for the film,
a group of well-wishers… financed it."
"We keep coming back and coming back
To the real: to the hotel instead of the hymns"
– Wallace Stevens
Thursday, September 9, 2010
A film director's obituary in today's New York Times—
"Mr. Donner broke through as a director in 1963 with a low-budget black-and-white film of ’s play 'The Caretaker,' with , Donald Pleasence and . Since he couldn’t find traditional backing for the film, a group of well-wishers that included , , and financed it."
A lower-budget version:
All work and no play
makes Jack a dull boy.
See also "Patrick Blackburn, meet Gideon Summerfield" in Building a Mystery.
Notes on Mathematics and Narrative, continued
Patrick Blackburn, meet Gideon Summerfield…
The story deals with “one Gideon Summerfield, deceased.” Summerfield, a former tutor at (the fictional) St. Agatha’s College, Cambridge University, “is about to become the recipient of the Waymark prize. This prize is awarded in Mathematics and has the same prestige as the Nobel. Summerfield had a rather lackluster career at St. Agatha’s, with the exception of one remarkable result that he obtained. It is for this result that he is being awarded the prize, albeit posthumously.” Someone is apparently trying to prevent a biography of Summerfield from being published.
Compare and contrast with an episode from the resume of a real Gideon Summerfield—
Head of Strategy, Designer City (May 1999 — January 2002)
Secured Web agency business from new and existing clients with compelling digital media strategies and oversaw delivery of creative, production and technical teams…. Clients included… Greenfingers and Lord of the Dance .
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
From Harvard's 2010 Phi Beta Kappa ceremony—
Think of all the history you’ve read. It started somewhere.
It started at absolute zero, is what you thought.
Just because you couldn’t know what came before.
But imagine: something did.
"To help the graduates find rightness, two addresses are at the heart of the exercises ceremony.
One is by a poet, who reads a work written for the occasion.
The other is by an 'orator,' a guest invited to offer timely discourse."
From this morning's New York Times—
From her obituary—
Ms. Smith is survived by her partner of 57 years, Florence Oaks.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Notes on Mathematics and Narrative
- The Burning Man in Bester's classic The Stars My Destination,
- The not-so-classic Hitler Plans Burning Man, and
- The cult film The Wicker Man
Commentary on The Wicker Man—
Originally The Wicker Man was not well-received by critics in the UK. It was considered
to be bizarre, disturbing, and uncomfortable, with the hasty editing making the story confusing
and out of order…. Today this movie is considered a cult classic and has been called
the “Citizen Kane of horror films” by some reviewers. How did this film become a cult classic?
Real estate motto— Location, Location, Location.
Illustration— The fire leap scene from Wicker Man, filmed at Castle Kennedy—
In today's New York Times, Michiko Kakutani reviews a summer thriller
by Kevin Guilfoile. The Thousand is in the manner of Dan Brown's
2003 The Da Vinci Code or of Katherine Neville's 1988 The Eight .
From the review—
What connects these disparate events, it turns out, is a sinister organization
called the Thousand, made up of followers of the ancient Greek mathematician
and philosopher Pythagoras (yes, the same Pythagoras associated with
the triangle theorem that we learned in school).
As Mr. Guilfoile describes it, this organization is part Skull and Bones,
part Masonic lodge, part something much more twisted and nefarious….
The plot involves, in part,
… an eccentric artist’s mysterious masterwork, made up of thousands of
individually painted tiles that may cohere into an important message….
Not unlike the tiles in the Diamond Theory cover (see yesterday's post)
or, more aptly, the entries in this journal.
A brief prequel to the above dialogue—
In lieu of songs, here is a passage by Patrick Blackburn
more relevant to the art of The Thousand—
See also the pagan fire leaping in Dancing at Lughnasa.
September of 1957 was the month I entered high school. Also that month—
And so she did.
Monday, September 6, 2010
In today's New York Times, mystery author John Grisham tells how he stuck to his day job—
"preparing wills and deeds and contracts."
The New York Times this morning—
Ooh you're working
Building a mystery
Holding on and holding it in
Yeah you're working
Building a mystery
And choosing so carefully
Sunday, September 5, 2010
"It's going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment
of the Talented in the scheme of things."
— Anne McCaffrey
From this journal on August 23,
a look at Resurrection Road in M magazine—
Notes for an unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, by F. Scott Fitzgerald—
These two posts are from February 4, 2010.
See also an Oxford Journals essay from that date.
Ode magazine, June 2007, on Ivan Illich—
When Ivan was 12, Hitler invaded Austria, prompting his decision never to bring children into this world. At the age of 16, before fleeing Vienna, he bribed the secretary of Nazi leader Hermann Goering – who had claimed Illich's family home – to free his grandfather. Ultimately, Illich did do well in school, studying philosophy and theology at the elite Pontifical Gregorian University in the Vatican, later earning a Ph.D. at the University of Salzburg. He travelled to India and soaked up Eastern philosophy during long discussions with the Indian Hindu and Catholic priest Ramon Panikkar in Varanasi (Benares), along the Ganges river. He was later ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in New York City. He became a professor at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico and moved to Mexico, where he founded an educational centre that challenged the Church’s embrace of modern development. He resigned from priesthood in the late 1960s because he no longer felt at home with the dogmas of the Catholic Church – "I have enough Jewish blood to be able to get angry with God" – and began his life as a philosopher and author.
Illich greeted us at his home in Bremen….
A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma (letters to The Guardian on Stephen Hawking's new book)
and Panikkar's book (published in Paris in 2002 and in Minneapolis, by a Lutheran press, in 2006)
The Experience of God: Icons of the Mystery.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The intercept control room in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park, 1943—
Batey himself was responsible for some important breakthroughs in decrypting the Abwehr Enigma system, helping MI5 to control the entire German espionage network in Britain. The intelligence was crucial to the Double Cross system – under which MI5 turned German agents sent to Britain and used them to feed the Abwehr false information – as it showed that the information was being accepted as genuine; it further revealed what the Germans did and did not know about the D-Day invasion plans.
What's wrong with this picture?
Google News today—
Midrash on what's wrong—
Related material from August 29—
(Click for Source)
Related material from Camp Germania—
For a Festschrift on his eightieth birthday, she [Hannah Arendt] wrote “the storm that blows through Heidegger's work—like the one which blows across centuries against it from Plato's works—does not stem from this century.” And from her first book—on the idea of love in St. Augustine—to her last, she chose a much different path. While her public remarks were full of praise, her private ones were less so. After the war, Arendt, since married, returned to Germany and spent an uneasy afternoon with her former love and his resolutely anti-Semitic wife Elfriede. What she wrote of her experience was in her diary and was not published until after her death. This was not a diary entry like others she wrote: it was an animal fable called “Heidegger the Fox.” It begins, “Heidegger says proudly: ‘People say Heidegger is a fox.' This is the true story of Heidegger the fox.” She continued….
— "Being There," in Cabinet Magazine, Issue 25, Spring 2007