Sunday, October 16, 2005

Sunday October 16, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM
Philadelphia Stories

for John O’Hara

How does one stand
To behold the sublime,
To confront the mockers,
The mickey mockers
And plated pairs?

— Wallace Stevens, 1936

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On the left, a Catholic answer.
On the right, a Protestant answer.


“High Society,” “The Philadelphia Story,”
“Rocky” statue,  Robert Scott

These are familiar parts of popular culture except for Scott, who died on Thursday.  According to the New York Times, Scott’s mother, “the former Helen Hope Montgomery, was said to be the model for Tracy Lord, Katharine Hepburn’s character in ‘The Philadelphia Story.'”  “High Society” is, of course, a rather Catholic version of that story, starring Grace Kelly, also of Philadelphia.

It is perhaps not entirely irrelevant
that Scott died on, or shortly after,
Yom Kippur— which ended at
sundown on Thursday, October 13..

(See Log24 entry for Rosh Hashana.)

From today’s online Philadelphia Inquirer,
a story first posted on October 13:

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“Mickey Mouse will see you dead.”
Robert Stone

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