Friday, March 2, 2007

Friday March 2, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 PM
"I was reading Durant's section on Plato, struggling to understand his theory of the ideal Forms that lay in inviolable perfection out beyond the phantasmagoria. (That was the first, and I think the last, time that I encountered that word.)"

Part I: Phantasmagoria
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Father and daughter in Bee Season
Photo by Phil Bray

Transcendence through spelling:
Richard Gere and Flora Cross
as father and daughter
in the film of Bee Season.

"Every aspect of the alef's
construction has been
Divinely designed
to teach us something."

Alef– The Difference Between
Exile And Redemption,
by Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin

Related material–

Art Theory for Yom Kippur
Log24 entries, Nov. 2005.

Part II: Hunt for the Real

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess:
The Conflict Between Word and Image

See also the references
to Zelazny's Eye of Cat
in the Nov. 2005 entries
as well as
today's previous entry
with the Norton Simon motto
"Hunt for the best"– and…

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"Photography has always involved waiting…. the photographer is understood to be waiting for the right convergence of subject, lighting and frame before clicking the shutter– waiting for what a master of the genre, Henri Cartier-Bresson, famously called 'the decisive moment.' Lee Friedlander, another great street photographer, compared this anticipatory state to the hunting alertness of a 'one-eyed cat.' The metaphor of the hunt has seeped into the essential language of photography."

Arthur Lubow in The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2007

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