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Friday, July 9, 2004

Friday July 9, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:11 PM

Scoop

This afternoon I came across, in a briefcase I seldom use, two books I had not looked at since I bought them last month:

  • The Footprints of God, a recently published paperback by Greg Iles, a writer who graduated from Trinity High School, Natchez, Mississippi, in 1979, and from the University of Mississippi in Oxford in 1983.
  • Sanctuary, by the better-known Mississippi writer William Faulkner.

At the time I purchased the books, indeed until I looked up Iles on the Web today, I was not aware of the Mississippi connection.  Their physical connection, lying together today in my briefcase, is, of course, purely coincidental.  My view of coincidence is close to that of Arthur Koestler, who wrote The Challenge of Chance and The Roots of Coincidence, and to that of Loren Eiseley, who wrote of a dice game and of "the Other Player" in his autobiography, All the Strange Hours.

A Log24 entry yesterday referred to a comedic novel on the role of chance in physics, Cosmic Banditos.  Today's New York Times quotes an entertainer who referred to President Bush yesterday, at a political fund-raiser, as a bandito.  Another coincidence… this one related directly to the philosophy of coincidences expounded jokingly in Cosmic Banditos.

I draw no conclusions from such coincidences, but they do inspire me to look a little deeper into life's details — where, some say, God is.  Free association on these details, together with a passage in Sanctuary, inspired the following collage:

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Related Texts

Faulkner on a trinity of women
in Sanctuary (Ch. 25):

"Miss Reba emerged from behind the screen with three glasses of gin. 'This'll put some heart into us,' she said. 'We're setting here like three old sick cats.'  They bowed formally and drank, patting their lips.  Then they began to talk.  They were all talking at once,* again in half-completed sentences, but without pauses for agreement or affirmation."


"In Defense of the Brand":

"When I was helping Frito corn chips expand its core user group in the mid-'90s, we didn't ask Frito-Lay to just wave the Fritos banner. The brand was elevated to a place where it could address its core users in a way that was relevant to their lifestyle. We took the profile of the audience and created a campaign starring Reba McEntire. It captured the brand's essence, and set Frito eaters amidst good music, good people, and good fun."

Song lyric, Reba McEntire:
 
"I might have been born
just plain white trash,
but Fancy was my name."

Loren Eiseley, 
Notes of an Alchemist:

I never found
the hole in the wall;
I never found
Pancho Villa country
where you see the enemy first.
— "The Invisible Horseman"

5 Comments

  1. I know it’s not the point of your post, but I’ve read a couple of Greg Iles books and I like him. 🙂

    Comment by officeconfidential — Friday, July 9, 2004 @ 9:08 PM

  2. I have fond memories of eating Frito pie at the local swimming pool in summer, as a kid.

    Reba’s not Chilean, is she?

    Comment by HomerTheBrave — Friday, July 9, 2004 @ 11:31 PM

  3. if you wouldnt mind, i just have a single question, and i was wondering if you could answer is for me. thanks.

    Comment by pitcher1250 — Saturday, July 10, 2004 @ 12:07 AM

  4. Homer —
    Más mexicana que chilena,
    Reba es lucero como Lucero.

    Comment by m759 — Saturday, July 10, 2004 @ 12:54 AM

  5. pitcher —
    “i just dont even know anymore…”

    Comment by m759 — Saturday, July 10, 2004 @ 12:59 AM

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