Friday, November 12, 2004

Friday November 12, 2004

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 AM

Dark Zen

The above link is in memory of
Iris Chang,
who ended her life at 36
on Nov. 9, 2004.

A central concept of Zen
is satori, or “awakening.”
For a rude awakening, see
Satori at Pearl Harbor.

Fade to Black

See, too, my entries of
Aug. 1-7, 2003,
from which the following is taken:

“…that ineffable constellation of talents that makes the player of rank: a gift for conceiving abstract schematic possibilities; a sense of mathematical poetry in the light of which the infinite chaos of probability and permutation is crystallized under the pressure of intense concentration into geometric blossoms; the ruthless focus of force on the subtlest weakness of an opponent.”

— Trevanian, Shibumi

” ‘Haven’t there been splendidly elegant colors in Japan since ancient times?’

‘Even black has various subtle shades,’ Sosuke nodded.’ “

— Yasunari Kawabata, The Old Capital

An Ad Reinhardt painting
described in the entry of
noon, November 9, 2004 —
the date given
as that of Chang’s death —
is illustrated below.

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Ad Reinhardt,
Abstract Painting,
Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


  1. I swear, call me a conspiracy theorist, but with so much to offer why would a talented author end her life.  I don’t believe that she did.  

    Comment by NickyJett — Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 12:07 PM

  2. Conspiracy theorist.

    Comment by m759 — Friday, November 12, 2004 @ 6:05 PM

  3. I understand Iris.  Dear Gawd, do I understand Iris.
    Suicide is a very Zen thing, indeed. 

    Comment by BlueCollarGoddess — Sunday, November 14, 2004 @ 10:32 AM

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